Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG V63S by Vath

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 30, 2011

Aftermarket developer Vath has released the V63S package that is based on the Mercedes SLS AMG. Vath made modifications on the vehicle’s interior and exterior, as well as its technical aspect. The naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 unit got a custom exhaust system that makes use of valves to control the sound. It also gets an ECU remap.

The unit is now capable of developing 615 hp and 680 Nm (502 lb.ft.) of torque. This is a marked improvement over stock figures of 571hp and 650 Nm / 480 lb.ft. of torque.

The car is able to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds (from the stock car’s 3.8 seconds) and can get to a top speed of 205 mph/ 330 km/h while the stock car could only go 197 mph/ 317 km/h. Vath also upgraded its brakes and road connection. Its brakes use slotted rotors and new pads.

It also now has a lowering suspension, which lowers the SLS AMG by 25 mm. It comes with a set of three-piece forge 20-inch rims that are covered by high-performance tires (265/30: front and 325/25: rear).

The vehicle is fitted with a carbon fiber aerodynamic package that consists of a front bumper lip spoiler, fresh side skirts, and a rear wing. The interior got a sports steering wheel that has a leather finish, carbon and wood trimming. Its new speedometer can go as high as 248 mph (400 km/h). This hot hatch is available with a price tag of EUR32,670.

The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a dazzling new reinterpretation of the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. With passion comes sportiness, with an unmatched style and awe-inspiring lines. The 300 SL was an extraordinary piece of engineering and the SLS AMG reflects the same philosophy behind Mercedes sports car manufacture.

With a bonnet which measures amazingly under two metres, a deceptively shorter rear end, and a low greenhouse, the SLS AMG has an extendable aerofoil and an especially long wheelbase for a car with tremendous wheels and a wider track.

There are a number of exquisite design choices in this super sports car, with a front-mid engine placed well back, gullwing doors, and an exceptional dual-clutch transmission -- all adding to the car's charm.

The doors are not the only distinctive memory enthusiasts will have conjured up of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL by this iteration. The SLS AMG's short overhangs and the hallmark wide radiator grille contain the distinctive large Mercedes star as well as those wing-shaped cross fins which are another distinctive memory of the legendary 300 SL.

A sleek front-end is just one of the features which highlight the SMS AMG's prominent stance on the road, added to the stylish 'Gullwings' and a front apron set which is swept back all lending themselves to its look.

The front is dominated by a set of vertically arranged headlamps, which come as standard with bi-xenon low-beam headlamps, to provide a superior aura and an allure you will not be able to ignore. Framing the headlamps is a series of LED indicators and daytime driving lights to round off the look and quality.

Anyone who has seen the SMS AMG will note the similarities between its sleek lines and those in the construction of aircraft. The Mercedes star is still placed centrally where it rightly belongs but it is the tubular pieces around this iconic symbol which bring to mind those of aircraft construction, these along with the long bonnet deceptively elongate the vehicle and enhance the prominent lines.

These features are complimented wonderfully at the end of the bonnet by a series of air outlet grilles -- all enhanced with Silver Shadow finish.

It will come as no surprise that these lines allow the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG a degree of dynamism beyond that of its competition as it even appears to be moving when it is not.

The fins, which are also done in Silver Shadow finish, adorn the sides of the SLS AMG. Those who are fans of the 300 will be delighted with this signature hallmark feature. The lettering between the fins refers to the naturally aspirated V8 engine, with its high-displacement potential and side outlets adding to the vehicles inherent style give the SMS AMG an enviable aesthetic and an astonishing amount of power.

Wrapping up this exquisite package is an impressive yet tight passenger compartment. Its windscreen has a steep angle, adding to the glamorous aircraft-style look. When combined with the forward angled B-pillars, these allow a stylish curve right down over the rear window until the rear end. All these and more are what make the Mercedes-Benz SMS AMG a remarkable piece of engineering.

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