Preview: Kicherer SLS Roadster Supersport GT/R

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 21, 2011

A few pictures have been released of Kicherer’s kit for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. This package is dubbed the SLS Roadster Supersport GT/R, which means that it has GT lines and is very low off the ground. One of the most notable aftermarket modifications made to the SLS Roadster is the hand-made grille. The big Mercedes star has been replaced with huge garish fins.

The vehicle has been given a set of 20-inch wheels that have five black double spokes and a polished lip. The SLS is lowered with the use of coilover suspension featuring a 'Front Up' system that raises the car’s front by the pressing of a button.

Kicherer boosted the power of this car. Its V8 engine could now deliver 630hp instead of 571, due partly to a new stainless steel exhaust system and a sports air filter. Kicherer could boost the output to 650hp, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 3.5 seconds.

Once again, the German brand makes a big splash with the arrival of the new Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster. As Gorden Wagener states, the car is visually stunning whether the convertible top is slid closed or folded down. We can only agree to that.

When Mercedes Benz revealed the newest member of the SLS-AMG, we couldn’t help but notice the precisely designed short overhangs, wide track, long wheelbase and extensive hood around the exterior. Surely, the Roadster is overflowing with elegance and performance in different directions.

The noticeably broad shoulders suit the Roadster’s big wheels to a tee. The sizes are 265/35 ZR 19 and 295/30 ZR 20 separately for the front and rear. Other gorgeous details include the AMG’s (metallic) brown body and 10-spoke wheels in (matte) black while the optional chrome outer lip grabs more attention around the rim.

When it comes to the Interiors, the new SLS AMG Roadster resembles an airliner’s cockpit. It has the wing-shaped dashboard with adjustable air nozzles that could be mistaken for an aircraft’s engine.

What the driver will see around the carbon-made AMG Drive Unit is geared towards comfort. After all, the same device allows him to select the specific modes of driving.

The aeronautic design also inspires the solid metal centre console with E-SELECT lever. This type of lever control looks even hotter with the AMG imprint on the leather trims. Likewise, the flat-bottomed steering wheel is also wrapped with the finest leather material while the bezel and shift paddles are made with pure steel.

Most people know by now how the iconic 300 SL only came out after the original gullwing 300 SL had even existed. Surprisingly, the new Roadster shares the same hood and side fins with one of Mercedes’ vintage coupés. The nicely laid out cross fins and large insignia at the grille simply connote the classic 300SL Roadster back in the ‘50s. And with that, perhaps, the new SLS AMG roadster should’ve been named otherwise.

Press Release

KICHERER SLS Roadster Supersport GT/R: Only Flying is More Exciting

In matters of individualisation the traditional tuning house Kicherer has taken on the new AMG Mercedes SLS Roadster.

True to the company's philosophy to consistently only supplement the AMG's basic shape and to retain its basic lines, a new, more sporty version of the Roadster was in essence created. Especially the aerodynamics benefited from the high quality final touch. For this the developers created and mounted a sporty front spoiler, side skirts and a specially hand-made GT front grill. More accents are provided by the small aerodynamic fins that can be mounted on the bonnet and on the wings. All the new add-on components created by KICHERER are, of course, made of high quality carbon.

A further highlight on the sports car is provided by the three-part 20 inch RS-1 lightweight complete wheels.The classic double-spoke design harmonises perfectly with the equally classic sports car silhouette of this retro-sports car.

In addition, a coilover suspension with a so-called "Front Up" system is mounted on the car. This not only makes driving more sporty but also suits the vehicle perfectly. Moreover, it also makes it possible to raise the front of the car by just pressing on a button, so that obstacles such underground carpark entry ramps and speed bumps can be more easily overcome.

On the rear of the car a stainless steel exhaust with four oval endpipes controlled by dynamic pressure sonorously allows the exhaust fumes out into the open. An integrated valve control gives the driver - depending on the occasion - the opportunity of choosing between a sonorous and discrete tone.

The KICHERER developers have also tightened the performance screw a little and , thanks to the sports air filter exclusive to KICHERER, managed to achieve an actual every day performance of 630 PS - instead of the standard 571 PS. Those who like it even more sporty can order the second performance level. This possesses in addition an exhaust manifold system and a sports catalysor that combined with the modification from the first level guarantee a top performance of 650 PS at 720 Nm torque.

This means the open air SLS sprints to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds and reaches a sealed-off top speed of 320 km/h.

Is flying really more exciting???

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