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Old 03-02-2009, 02:58 PM   #1
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Default Edmunds First Official Details: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

AFFALTERBACH, Germany Mercedes-Benz won't be bringing its new 2011 SLS coupe to the 2009 Geneva Auto Show this week. However, talk of the modern-day resurrection of the iconic 300SL Gullwing is sure to be on everyone's lips, following a decision by Mercedes' revered AMG performance-car division to reveal mechanical information about its new two-seater sports car.

To be unveiled in production car guise at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show later this year with North American sales to start around this time in 2010 the 2011 SLS is the first stand-alone series production model to be wholly designed and developed by Mercedes-Benz's AMG division.

Styled to evoke memories of the 300SL Gullwing, the SLS is planned to enter the Mercedes-Benz lineup as a replacement for the SLR and as a rival for the Ferrari 599. Production will kick off at McLaren's showcase assembly plant in Woking, England later this year. Alongside the coupe, pictured in prototype guise here, Mercedes-Benz is planning a convertible version of the SLS with a traditional cloth roof. The convertible is not likely to go on sale until 2012, according to Inside Line sources.

The SLS pioneers a new aluminum construction technique that Mercedes-Benz has developed and is planning to use on the next-generation SL, due out in 2012, as a means of lowering weight and providing a more sporting drive. Eschewing traditional steel construction, its 531-pound floorpan and body structure is made out of a combination of forged, cast and sheet aluminum.

Powering the coupe is a heavily revised 563-horsepower version of AMG's 6.2-liter V8 engine, set well back in the engine bay. With 479 pound-feet of torque and over 120 individual changes, including the adoption of dry sump lubrication, it gets its own unique internal code name: M159. Channeling the drive to the rear wheels is a newly developed seven-speed double-clutch gearbox mounted at the rear in a classic transaxle layout providing the SLS with a 48:52 front-to-rear weight distribution. The fancy new gearbox also comes with a choice of four different driving modes, from comfortable to extremely sporty, as well as a RACE START function.

High-performance composite brakes (ceramic composite brakes with larger discs are optional) and light-alloy wheels shod with 265/35R19 rubber in front and 295/30R20s in the rear are also present.

Standing-start performance is on par with that of the SLR; the sprint from zero to 60 mph is claimed to take less than 3.8 seconds. Top speed is put at 196 mph. Underpinning the new car is a unique aluminum-intensive double-wishbone suspension with a 106-inch wheelbase along with a 66.1-inch front and 64.9-inch rear track.

Pricing for the 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG is expected to be in the $250,000 range.

Inside Line says: The final styling has not yet been revealed, but it's already clear that Mercedes-Benz's modern-day Gullwing is much more than a tarted-up SL.







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Old 03-02-2009, 03:36 PM   #2
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thats...what its supposed to mimic...........
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isnt this the car mostly based on the viper platform
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