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.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG features a purist design that doesn’t only redefine the lines of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL but also exudes dynamic emotions. Its design also conveys a definite prowess in modern sports car engineering. This is evident in the fact that the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG comes with a bonnet that is less than two meters in length and a short rearend with extendable aerofoil. It also comes with large wheels, short overhangs and a wide track, as well as a low rear-biased greenhouse. Its powerful low-slung engine is also set well back, sending power to the wheels through a dual-clutch transmission in transaxle configuration.
There is no doubt that the main focal point of the new Mercedes SLS AMG is its iconic gullwing doors that were first featured in the Mercedes 300 SL. However, this design statement isn’t the only thing that connects the new Mercedes SLS AMG to the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. Just like the front end of the Mercedes 300 SL, the new Mercedes SLS AMG features a wide radiator grille with the large centrally positioned Mercedes star as well as wing-shaped cross fins.
Flanking the grille on the upper sections are vertically arranged headlamp units set well to the outside. The lighting unit is made up of two LED indicators on top, bi-xenon low-beam headlamp on the middle, and LED daytime driving lights at the bottom. These exterior elements as well as the six large cooling air intakes help define the front end of the new Mercedes SLS AMG, which has a swept-back front apron that provides additional weight to the sports car’s powerful on-the-road stance.