Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster online configurator launched

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 8, 2011

Using an online configurator for the new SLS AMG Roadster is one of the most enjoyable activities that a Mercedes-Benz fan could have. The carmaker has recently launched the new drop-top version of its front mid-mounted supercar to the internet. You can have limitless hours of fun in checking out the features and switching its look.

One of the most exciting items on the configurator is the AMG Le Mans Red dress, the largest AMG chrome jewelry with regards to the wheels.

In addition, its soft-top fabric is offered in a black color. There are actually nine exterior colors to choose from, a few of which are different shades of silver.

There are also seven options for interior leather, three colors for the convertible top, and four sets of wheels. The Roadster won’t have the gullwing doors that had attracted so much attention on the coupe.

What the Roadster does get are a bigger headroom and a fine soundtrack too. There’s a pedal featured on the online configurator that when pressed, gives off the sound of the AMG V8 engine rev to the red line.

One of the most interesting features is the convertible roof but there’s plenty more. Mercedes included a new electronically-controlled Adaptive AMG Sport Suspension as well as the AMG Performance Media system to monitor and show the telemetrics. Controlling this all is an AMG Drive Unit.

AMG is proud to introduce its latest dream car, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. What is truly exciting about this new super sports car is that it has the perfect blend of lightweight construction, excellent driving dynamics, and a one-of-a-kind open-top driving experience. Speaking of the open top, it is made of compact fiber and can be activated even up to speeds of 50 km/h (31 mph). It can be opened, or closed, in merely 11 seconds. There are other new technological features as well like the Adaptive AMG Sport Suspension, which allows damping to be controlled electrically. Though this is offered as an option, if availed, it allows for the damping qualities to be altered by merely pressing a button.

By simply using the AMG DRIVE UNIT, the driver can easily select the preferred set-up for the suspension (which is available in three modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus). A highlight as well is the use of an aluminum spaceframe for its body. Then there is the front-mid mounted 6.3-liter AMG V8 engine, with maximum output at 563 hp and peak torque at 479 lb.-ft., paired to the dual-clutch 7-speed transaxle transmission.

Its sports suspension comes with the double wishbones composed of aluminum. All of these combined give the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster the capacity to thrill sports car enthusiasts while at the same being able to provide unique driving pleasure and excellent driving dynamics. Mercedes-Benz Cars CEO and Daimler AG Chairman of the Board of Management Dr. Dieter Zetsche revealed that the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster is not simply a super sports car but is also a dream car and cruiser rolled into one neat package.

It manages to continue the succession of Mercedes-Benz’s thrilling and iconic sports cars in its own unique way, Dr. Zetsche continued. Meanwhile Mercedes-AMG GmbH Chairman Ola Källenius shared that the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster is the best example of AMG’s philosophy when it comes to German craftsmanship and engineering. Among its best characteristics are its systematic use of lightweight construction, the magnificent design, and the exceptional performance -- all combined with the intense pleasure derived from open-air driving. Chairman Källenius added that while the gullwing version has made many sports car enthusiasts worldwide excited, they are sure to feel the same, if not greater enthusiasm, for the convertible version.

The interior is designed in a way that it continues the theme displayed in the exterior, that is, bringing to mind an aircraft cockpit. Some of the highlights in the interior include the air vents that are adjustable, cruciform nozzles that evoke images of jet engines, and the dashboard that has been shaped like a wing. One inspiration derived from the aviation industry is the center console that has been extended and made of solid, matte metal.

Even the E-SELECT lever follows the form of the thrust control of an aircraft. One subtle detail in the interior though is the AMG emblem that has been imprinted on the selector lever, which is leather-lined. Similar to many other features in the interior, the AMG DRIVE UNIT is composed of authentic carbon-fiber. Located in the center console, this central control unit enables the driver to select a customized vehicle set-up. An example is that the driver is able to make the needed adjustment to the Adaptive AMG Sport Suspension. Meanwhile, the AMG Performance steering wheel has been lined with high-quality premium leather and since its bottom rim section has been flattened, it gives the perfect vehicle control. Its lower steering wheel bezel and the shift paddles are composed of solid metal.

Pure roadster design with perfect proportions

Mercedes-Benz Head of Design Gorden Wagener said that like the gullwing version, the athletic design of the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster is sure to catch attention. This car provides remarkable visual pleasure, regardless of whether the roof is open or closed. Its proportions are perfect and just as memorable, ranging from the long hood to the greenhouse that has been placed towards the rear, and the short rear end.

This convertible manages to display genuine charm with a graceful performance. Evidence of this is the short overhangs, wide track, long wheelbase, rear wing that can automatically extend. The shoulder section is more prominent and brings to mind tensed muscles. Along with the wheels, this characteristic also hints of its pure power. Fitted to the front wheels are the tires sized 265/35 ZR 19 with the rear having tires sized 295/30 ZR 20. Available as an option are the forged 10-spoke wheels whose weight has been optimized. The wheels are also painted in matte black, given a high-sheen rim flange and then finished in the AMG Sepang brown metallic paint.

The 2012 SLS AMG Roadster also has features that remind one of the 150s dream car, the 300 SL Roadster. These are the fins that are placed on the sides and hood as well as the wide radiator grille that sports the Mercedes star and wing-shaped cross-fin. Similar to the AMG Roadster, the 300 SL Roadster was released sometime after the 300 SL. This time however, the two AMG dream cars will be available together. Another unique feature for this model is the AMG Performance Media. Inspired by motorsport, this multi-media system is unmatched when it comes to the various telemetric displays like the lap times on a racing circuit, linear and lateral acceleration, and different engine data. The 2012 SLS AMG Roadster, the second dream car from the SLS AMG Family, is expected to debut in the U.S. by the fall of 2011.

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