THERE is always a sense of anticipation whenever a new AMG model is to be unveiled by Mercedes-Benz.
And the new line up for the SLS AMG has been unveiled. There are two models – the new SLS AMG GT Coupé and the mighty SLS AMG Black Series Coupé.
Both variants, which are available to order now, boast significantly enhanced specification and greater driving dynamics than previous models.
The new SLS AMG GT sees power increase to 591hp (20hp over standard SLS AMG), an optimised AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed sports transmission for more dynamic shifting, and redeveloped Ride Control Performance suspension, allowing even greater agility.
The naturally aspirated 6.3-litre V8 engine reaches 62 mph from a standing start in just 3.7 seconds, before achieving a top speed of 199 mph. The SLS AMG GT returns a combined 21.4 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 308 g/km.
Key interior features include a performance steering wheel in nappa leather and Alcantara with 12-o’clock mark and red contrast stitching; designo Exclusive leather in black with red contrast stitching in either single-tone or two-tone; floor mats with red edging; red seat belts; and Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG, including 11 high-performance speakers.
Outside, the SLS AMG GT is set apart from other models thanks to 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels in either a five or 10 twin-spoke design in titanium grey or in a 10-spoke bi-colour design; carbonfibre exterior mirrors; trim in high-gloss black; red brake calipers; darkened headlamps and rear lights with a black surround; and AMG GT lettering on the boot lid.
Joining the SLS AMG GT in the new super sports car line up is the SLS AMG Black Series; a vehicle inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 racing car. The 6.3-litre V8 AMG engine generates a staggering 631hp, accelerating from 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds.
Helping the SLS AMG Black Series to achieve these figures is its lightweight construction, reducing the kerb weight to 1,625 kg (70 kg less than the SLS AMG). This is part of the “AMG Lightweight Performance” strategy, with numerous body elements such as the bonnet, the rear panel behind the sports bucket seats, the diagonal braces on the underbody, and the torque tube between engine and transmission, made entirely of motorsport-grade carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic.
In contrast to its 26.6 kg counterpart with sand-cast aluminium housing, the carbon-fibre torque tube weighs now just 13.3 kg. Ride Control Performance suspension, ceramic high-performance composite brake system, wider flared wings (increased in width by 26 mm at the front and 52 mm at the rear), a new titanium sports exhaust system, and the electronically controlled rear-axle differential lock further boosts the driving dynamics of the SLS AMG Black Series.
Outside, the 19/20-inch five twin-spoke forged bi-colour alloys; carbonfibre front splitter and flicks on the front apron; and carbon-fibre rear aerofoil and diffuser with two chrome twin tailpipes set the Black Series apart from the SLS AMG GT.
The interior blends comfort with track-focused versatility, including sports bucket seats in black leather and Alcantara, with upholstery across the dashboard, console sides and door panels in a mix of nappa leather and Alcantara. Additionally, the interior benefits from carbonfibre trim, COMAND system with Performance Media, and the Performance steering wheel in Alcantara with a red 12-o’clock mark.
The new SLS AMG model line up is available to order now.