The 2011 Mercedes -Benz SLS AMG made its appearance at the New York Auto Show yesterday, and it plans to stay in the U.S. for a while. In order to get its Visa, Mercedes-Benz unofficially announced its starting price tag of around $180,000. That is close to what we had predicted in October of 2009, as $190,000. Hopefully, the SLS AMG will go on sale by this summer; just in time for me to take it down Venice Beach, California for a scenic drive. If not, I may need to use my other car instead.
October 11, 2009
Mercedes-Benz is aiming for the sky in 2011, well, sort of. Mercedes-Benz will introduce the AMG version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS in 2011. The 2011 SLS AMG will be constructed with an all aluminum body and everything else. It is the first car developed by Mercedes-AMG with “Gullwing” doors, which is the revised version of the 1954-1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe. Does this remind you of a certain car? Let me refresh your memory, does the DeLorean in “Back to the Future” movie ring any bell? Well, Mercedes-AMG is intending to blast you back to the past with the 2011 the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG pumps out 563 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque at 4750 rpm, which delivers through a 7-speed dual-clutch transaxle. With this kind of power and delivery system, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG blasted from 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds. The new found power came from the revised AMG 6.2L 32-valve V-8 engine. The revised AMG engine included a new magnesium intake with eight velocity stacks, which two of eight stacks are electronically controlled by two well machined smooth-throttle plates to reduce friction.
Lubricating the engine is the new low profile dry sump system. This enable the engine to sit low and reduce the center of gravity to give the car better stability during hard driving. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG achieved a 48/52 percent front and rear weight distribution, now that is impressive for a front mounted engine car.
With all that power, some serious braking system is needed to stop the running horses. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG rolls on new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, which were developed especially for this car. The sizes of these tires are 265/35/19 in front and 295/30/19 in the back. Stopping power is achieved by six-piston calipers in front and four-piston calipers at the back on standard cast iron and aluminum compound disc brakes.
When comparing the weight to the SLR McLaren, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is even lighter due to the all aluminum designed space frame. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG curb weight is about 3571 pounds, which is about 300 pounds lighter than the SLR McLaren.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG debuted in the September Frankfurt Auto Show, and it will be available for ordering in late Spring 2010. Price tag? Just around $190,000 – $250,000, and it doesn’t come with a rocket booster for you to fly; just Gullwings only.