Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing replica powered by 6.0-liter V8 engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

There is a current move by Mercedes-Benz to revive the Gullwing as seen in its latest SLS AMG supercar and a highly-awaited hybrid SL version coming to join the lineup.

Revival implies a penchant for the original, and that could be the reason why Nigo ordered AMG to produce a copy powered by a 6.0-liter V8.

This could also explain Arturo Alonso's most current venture -- a modernized 300SL Classic. Moreover, this could also explain why the Gullwing is still being maintained by the Germans, only with the advantage of updated powertrain systems.

This legacy was began by Gullwing GmbH which is also the firm that is currently making the most current AC Cobra equipped with gullwing doors, offering the foundation for Alonso's aforesaid Panamerica concept car.

Judging from the images, the design maintains the original, although Gullwing has modernized the car's 1952 engineering.

The original 3-liter, straight six, 215hp powerplant in the original version was substituted with Mercedes newest 405hp 5.5-liter V8 matched to a 7-speed auto gearbox.

The chassis was also modified including the suspension and brakes to accommodate the additional power. Furthermore, a skew of modern elements were added to the revived model from ABS to air-conditioning, and the authentic interior design is rounded off with the retro-style Becker Mexico radio/sat-nave system.

Pricing for the latest Gullwing starts at 165,000 Euros ($220,000) with a 50,000 Euro ($66,000) down payment and between 10-18 months until delivery.

The firm is set to produce only about 30 units per year at their Dresden, Germany facility. A manual, 6-cylinder variant would be ready by the time of the first deliveries, together with a convertible and maybe the new SLS AMG.

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