Mercedes has released official pricing information for the highly anticipated SLS AMG Gullwing. The Gullwing is one of the highly anticipated cars which come with amazing features and specs.
Available for pre-order on AMG website or local Mercedes dealer, the SLS AMG starts at $266,000 (€149,000). Options include a ceramic composite high-performance braking system (€9500), an AMG performance suspension (€1200), light-alloy wheels in a 5-twin-spoke design (€950), and forged wheels in a 10-spoke design (€2000). Other goodies include a carbon-fiber engine cover (€4000) and “alubeam silver” (€10,000) and “monza grey magno” (€3,250) paint schemes.
Inside, the SLS can be outfitted with an AMG performance steering wheel in leather and Alcantara (€400), sport seats (€3300), carbon-fiber trim (€3500), exclusive nappa leather upholstery (€2500), a memory package for the front seats and steering wheel (€1225), a six-disc DVD changer (€660), and a Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system (€5900).
Featuring a clearly retro-inspired shape outside, the SLS AMG nonetheless features a number of unique design elements. Nine exclusive paint shades will be available, including two matte finishes. LED head and tail lamps will help make sure the SLS AMG is visible at all times.
The gullwing doors, a direct link to the 300SL, swing up 70 degrees to allow for access to the interior. The SLS, which goes back to concept sketches created nearly five years ago, was rooted in two fundamental principles: minimal mass and maximum structural rigidity, goals that aren’t exactly parallel. To achieve these objectives, the design that emerged was a unitized aluminum space frame and aluminum body shell.
Bodies are fabricated by Magna Steyr in Austria, which also contributed to the Gullwing’s design. Then they’re shipped to the Mercedes facility in Sindelfingen, Germany, where they’re united with aluminum control-arm suspension components, a 6.2-liter V-8, a carbon-fiber driveshaft, a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transaxle (from Getrag, and specific to this car), and a limited-slip rear differential. It all adds up to a car that weighs about 3600 pounds and has a sense of structural solidity we’d associate with something much heavier. A railroad trestle, for example. 6.2-liters of AMG-massaged V8 will pump out 571 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 480 lb-ft. of torque at 4,750 rpm. With this powertrain, the SLS AMG will accelerate to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds before topping out at about 197 mph.
It might not be a masterpiece, but the SLS AMG offers a staggering number of incarnations to choose from: boulevard cruiser, Fifties recreation, sports car or supercar, with soft-top poser and environmental saviour on the way. The choice is yours.