2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Hamann Hawk based on Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 27, 2011

With just two days ahead of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Hamann revealed the Hawk, an extreme version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The first visual impact with the SLS AMG Hawk shows us an exciting car body design coloured in Everose Gold.

Also, the car features a new body kit consisting of a new front apron with larger air inlets and daytime running LEDs, a new carbon fiber bonnet, enlarged front and rear fenders (60mm on each front side and 70mm on each rear side), a new rear apron with integrated exhaust system with four enormous end pipes each measuring 90 mm in diameter and an impressive rear wing made of checkered flag carbon.

The design is completed by the 21-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance tires. Moreover, the car also received a coilover kit which can lower it by up to 30 millimetres. Inside, the car features the most delicate leather and ultra-suede, applications and embroideries.

Under the hood, the 6.2 litre engine delivers an impressive 636 hp / 468 kW and a maximum torque of 680 Nm (standard version delivers 563 hp an 650 Nm of torque), enough to push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds and to a top speed of 320 km/h (200 mph).

The HAMANN HAWK has an incredible appearance that’s matched with outstanding driving performance and impressive aerodynamics from having been tested in the wind tunnel. Its serial bumper meanwhile has been replaced with a front apron. As a result of its shape, the front axle experiences less uplifting forces. Giving this two-seater a more dynamic look are the new LED lights combined with the larger air inlets.

The air inlets also have a functional aspect as it helps the engine get better access to fresh air. After that, the air is of course drawn out of the bonnet composed of a checkered flag carbon. The wing measures 60 mm on each of the front side while for the rear side it measures 70 mm. This gives the vehicle that impressive look even if it has yet to move. While the side skirts highlight the rims, they result in giving this two-seater a more stretched and lower look.

Since the front axle and the rear axle experience downforce, HAMANN made sure that the rear wing of the SLS is composed of checkered flag carbon in order to balance out this downforce. Its rear apron on the other hand has a diffuser that helps improve the air flow underneath the car.

The rear apron also offers enough room to fit four large end pipes with each having a diameter of 90 mm. To make sure that control is perfectly mixed with comfort, the brand utilized the single-part light-forged 21-inch "Unique Forged Anodized" wheels. Fitted to them are the 9Jx21 with tyres that measure 245/30 ZR 21 for the front axle while the rear axle has the 12.5Jx21 with tyres that measure 345/25 ZR 21.

Press Release

HAMANN HAWK – Precious bird of prey with 636 hp

An engine bursting with power wrapped into an exciting car body design coloured in Everose Gold. The Southern German specialist for exclusive automobile refinement, HAMANN Motorsport, turns the wing door Mercedes SLS AMG into the HAMANN HAWK with new plumage and
significantly sharper talons.

Already in its basis version, the SLS provides a significant engine output. But the HAMANN engine department puts some additional power reserves into the V8 engine. The core part of the power enhancement is the high-performance exhaust system made out of titanium. In combination with new manifolds, sports catalysts and a sports air filter, this system also renders the earthy and powerful sound of the 6.2 litre aggregate.

The components are precisely adjusted with the help of a new engine characteristic map for motor electronics. With a top performance of 636 hp / 468 kW and a maximum torque of 680 Nm at 4,850 r.p.m, the HAMANN engine exactly meets the wishes of its sports ambitious clientele. The performance enhanced wing door automobile provides first class measures. In race start mode, the two-seater accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.6 seconds and with a top speed of 320 km/h, the HAMANN HAWK also surpasses the basis model.

The superior driving performance is matched with a striking appearance and aerodynamics tested in the wind tunnel. The HAMANN HAWK front apron replaces the serial bumper and due to its shape it reduces the uplifting forces at the front axle. Larger air inlets in connection with a new LED lights unit give the two-seater an even more dynamic look. In addition, the enlarged air inlets provide better access for the engine's increased need for fresh air. Subsequently, the air is drawn out of new bonnet made of checkered flag carbon.

Striking wing, 60mm on each front side and 70mm on each rear side, already render an impressive appearance even while the car has not started moving yet. Side skirts make the two-seater look additionally lower and more stretched and underline the rims. In order to perfectly balance out the downforce of the front- and rear axle, HAMANN gives the SLS a rear wing also made of checkered flag carbon. The new rear apron with the diffuser enhances the air flow under the bottom of the car and provides room for four enormous end pipes each measuring 90 mm in diameter.

In order to perfectly combine comfort and control, HAMANN uses the single-part, especially light forged wheels "Unique Forged Anodized" in 21 inches. These are fitted in 9Jx21 with tyres measuring 245/30 ZR 21 at the front and 12.5Jx21 with tyres measuring 345/25 ZR 21 at the rear axle.

The coilover kit has been especially refined for the HAMANN HAWK. Equipped with four height-adjustable dampers and four progressively wound springs, the centre of gravity can be lowered by up to 30 millimetres.

HAMANN entirely redesigns the interior of the SLS and turns it into a VIP lounge with motorsports characteristics. Most delicate leather and ultra-suede, applications and embroideries replace the serial interior. HAMANN additionally adorns the air inlets, door sill protectors and centre console with checkered flag carbon. Black anodized aluminium pedals render a comfortable grip. The technical highlight of the new interior is the new steering wheel which has been ergonomically redesigned.

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