Rumor: Mercedes-Benz preparing a SLS AMG CDI with tri-turbo diesel

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 17, 2012

Ok, we will admit that it is only a rumor… but some people say that Mercedes-Benz is preparing a diesel-powered SLS AMG, that will bow at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September. According to the source, the SLS will carry a tri-turbo diesel. If we take a little time to think, this is not as crazy as it sounds, because Bmw and Audi already offer some impressive diesel engines in its cars.

For example, Audi has the 6.0-liter V12 diesel engine in the Q7 with 500 hp, while Bmw offers the 3.0-liter tri-turbo diesel in the X5 M50d, X6 M50d models and M550d models with 381 hp. Still, diesel engines are not new to AMG as the company built the C30 AMG CDI. Although we’d like to see it, the SLS AMG CDI may remain just a nice dream for the moment.

Diesel-powered or not, we would still choose the 6.3-liter V8 engine found on the standard version that delivers an impressive 571 hp (420 kW) and 650 Nm of torque. For those who don’t know, the standard model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 317 km/h. Combined fuel consumption of the SLS AMG is 13.2 litres per 100 km. So, if you want this model, you’d better be prepared for writing a check of 177,310 euros.

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