Interested customers for the new and much-awaited Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG should mark November 16, 2009 on their calendar. On this day, they will be able to order this gull-winged super sports car from Mercedes-owned sales and service outlets and sales partners in Germany at a starting price of EUR177,310 (gross).
Price includes 19-percent VAT. Of course, there would be buyers who won't be able to resist the SLS AMG, especially its technological elements. For instance, customers would surely love its aluminum spaceframe body with gullwing doors.
Sitting under the hood of this super sports car is the AMG 6.3-liter V8 front-mid-engine – with dry sump lubrication -- that could develop up to 420 kW (571 hp) in output and 650 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a seven-speed double-declutch transmission in a transaxle configuration. With this amount of power on hand, the Gullwing could sprint from nil to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, and could reach an electronically limited top speed of 317 km/h.
Moreover, the SLS AMG features a sports suspension with aluminum double wishbones. Amazingly enough, the Gullwing boasts of a kerb weight of 1620 kg based on the DIN standard. Further contributing to the high-performance nature of this vehicle is its low center of gravity and an ideal front/rear weight distribution of 47 to 53 percent. Moreover, the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG consumes just 13.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (combined).
Of course Gullwing customers could avail of an array of optional elements to suit their personal preferences. To name a few, options include AMG light-alloy wheels in a five-twin-spoke design at EUR1,130.50 gross (EUR950 net). Available in sizes 9.5 x 19 inches (front) and 11.0 x 20 inches (rear), these wheels are wrapped in tire sizes 265/35 R 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 (rear). Also available are AMG forged wheels in a 10-spoke design, with sizes of 9.5 x 19 inches (front) and 11.0 x 20 inches (rear).
These wheels – wrapped in tire sizes 265/35 R 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 (rear) – are available for EUR2,380 gross (EUR2,000 net). Customers could also avail of AMG performance suspension -- with a stiffer setup for optimum lateral dynamics -- at EUR1,428 gross (EUR1,200 net), as well as AMG ceramic composite high-performance braking system at EUR11,305 gross (EUR9,500 net).
Perhaps, drivers may want something special for the interior like AMG performance steering wheel in leather/Alcantara (EUR400 net/EUR476 gross) and AMG sports bucket seats (EUR3,300 net/EUR3,927 gross). They may also want to endow their cars with AMG carbon-fiber trim on front stowage tray and rear stowage compartment, on the AMG DRIVE UNIT surround, surrounds for the center console, shiftgate and rear, as well as trim strips for center console and door armrests.
This option is available at EUR4,165 gross (EUR3,500 net). They may likewise go for the AMG interior carbon package -- carbon-fiber trim, trim on seat backrests and sides, door sill panels -- EUR3,500 net (EUR4,165 gross). Optional luxury elements like leather nappa exclusive single-/two-tone (EUR2,500 net/EUR2,975 gross), six-disc DVD changer (EUR660 net/EUR785.40 gross) and Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG surround sound system (EUR5,900 net/ EUR7,021 gross) are also available.
Customers may likewise opt for the Memory package with electric seat, steering column adjustment, and four-way lumbar support for just EUR1,225 net (EUR1457.75 gross). Other exterior options include the AMG carbon-fiber engine compartment cover (EUR4,000 net/EUR4,760 gross), AMG alubeam silver paint finish (EUR10,000 net/EUR11,900 gross) and AMG monza grey magno paint finish: (EUR3,250 net/EUR3,867.50 gross).
Volker Mornhinweg, Chairman of the Management Board at Mercedes-AMG GmbH, remarked that after unveiling the SLS AMG at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, they are excited to start selling the super sports car to its customers.