2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG RIDE CONTROL review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 10 September 2011 , 03:09:50 byDan

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The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG RIDE CONTROL appears to be more attractive and individual thanks to its sport suspension featuring adaptive damping, resulting in optimal comfort on long journeys. This system manages to intantly vary the damping characteristics and automatically reduce the body roll angles, depending on the driving situation, speed, as well as road surface conditions. The exclusivity of the car is enhanced by the AMG 10-spoke forged wheels painted in matt black, the red-painted brake callipers as well as the AMG high-gloss black trim. The centre console of the SLS AMG shows a stylishly redesigned E-SELECT lever integrating an embossed AMG emblem and a new shock absorber symbol in the AMG DRIVE UNIT. The driver is able to select from three modes, "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport Plus", while the currently selected mode is visible in the AMG main menu. "Comfort" is suitable for cruising at moderate speeds, while "Sport" ensures the best compromise between satisfactory suspension comfort, low body movements and high agility. Last, bot not least, "Sport Plus" is recommended for fast lap times on a race circuit. As far as transmission is concerned, four modes are available, beginning with "C" which stands for "Controlled Efficiency", "S", for Sport, "S+" stands for Sport Plus and "M", of course, for Manual. Other factors relevant to the driving dynamics, such as drive and braking moments, the steering angle and lateral/linear acceleration are continuously registered and evaluated. In order to achieve the best possible balance between dynamic performance and control, various control configurations as well as parameter weightings become active, depending on the selected suspension mode. Significantly reducing the vehicle's tendency to dive and squat when accelerating and braking, the long wheelbase of 2680 millimetres results also in outstanding straight-line stability and low wheel load shifts. The ideal conditions for consummate driving dynamics and precise steering, first-class agility, low inertia featuring spontaneous directional changes and outstanding traction, are provided by the engine mounted behind.