SLS AMG GT lands in Mercedes-Benz showrooms

Article by Christian A., on October 18, 2012

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will be getting several upgrades, one of which is the GT label. The flagship supercar, which will now be named the SLS AMG GT, will have its power boosted. The naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivers the same torque as the 2012 model with 479 lb-ft. But its horsepower is higher by 20 to 583hp.

Its maximum velocity remains at 197mph but its acceleration time from zero to 60mph is faster by a tenth of a second to 3.6 seconds. Mercedes revised the seven-speed automatic, with manual-mode shift times “significantly” shortened plus a double-declutching function that’s more prominent. A more aggressive spring/damper tuning was used to stiffen up the AMG Adaptive Performance suspension.

The appearances of the SLS AMG GT Coupe and Roadster have been enhanced with the use of darkened headlights and red brake callipers. It utilizes the same 10-spoke forged alloy wheels covered in 265/35R19 up front and 295/30R20 in back just like the prior model. The standard designo interior package is available in quilted leather with three new color combinations -- mocha brown/porcelain, grey/porcelain, and mystic red/porcelain.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT will start selling this fall but so far, the pricing information for the U.S. market hasn’t been revealed yet. The 2012 Coupe has a starting price of $192,175 while the Roadster is priced from $198,675. Destination costs are included in these prices. Meanwhile in Europe, the 2013 GT Coupe has a starting price of €204,608 ($267,018) and the Roadster is priced from €213,010 ($277,983).

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT has a design that follows a sporty theme. It is able to deliver the functionalities of a sports car and combine it with the exclusive and topnotch ambience that AMG models are famous for. As expected, the head restraints on the sports seats have the brand’s badge embossed on them. That’s not all as the center section of these same seats have an Alcantara finish. To continue the theme started by the seats, Alcantara can also be seen on the door center panels. The appointments of the interior are in black through the seat belts come in red.

Having a red finish as well are the lining on the door panel, the center console, and the contrast stitching of the sports seats. Coming in red as well are the edging of the floor mats. Aside from design, performance is another characteristic of the SLS AMG GT. It is fitted with the AMG RIDE CONTROL Performance suspension which makes the necessary adjustments to the damping qualities in a quick manner and can even immediately lower the body’s roll angle.

Of course, the way the suspension undergoes the needed adjustment is due to a number of factors like the amount of load being carried, current speed of the vehicle, and the present driving conditions. When using the AMG DRIVE UNIT, one can press a button in order to select between two modes. Whatever suspension mode is used can be seen through the indicator lamps that are on the button.

The mode chosen is displayed as well on the main menu. The new SLS AMG GT is equipped with the forged light-alloy 10-spoke AMG wheels. The wheels are optimized for weight and come with a matt black color and a high-sheen finish. An extra three light-alloy wheels are being made available as an option. Fitted as standard to the wheels though are the 265/35 R 19 tires for the front and the 295/30 R 20 tires for the back.

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