The 2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster is scheduled to make its U.S. debut in Fall 2011 and provides performance in its perfect form, giving its customers a unique combination between driving pleasure, outstanding driving dynamics and sophisticated lightweight construction. The basis for this is the innovative body design: the chassis and body are made of aluminum, a design combining intelligent lightweight construction with high strength. The compact fabric soft top of the SLS AMG Roadster can be operated on the move at speeds up to 31 mph and opens and closes in just eleven seconds.
There are three available modes: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus, while the unique new feature AMG Performance Media offers a strong mixture of numerous telemetric displays, embodied by lateral and linear acceleration, various engine data and lap times on a racetrack.
Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars, informed the enthusiasts that the SLS Roadster was a super sports car, cruiser and highly desirable dream-car all in one, continuing the succession of iconic and exciting sports cars from Mercedes-Benz.
The design of the car is pure, athletic and immmediately catches the eye with a long hood as well as the greenhouse positioned well to the rear and a short rear end. New optional extras are also available and they include the AMG Sepang brown metallic paint finish together with weight-optimized forged wheels in a 10-spoke design, painted in matte black with a high-sheen rim flange.
The exclusive design continues in the interior of the car and features a dashboard in the shape of a wing and the air vents with adjustable, cruciform nozzles reminiscent of jet engines. The finest leather, matte-finished solid metal or optional, genuine carbon-fiber trim, create an exclusive ambience and correspond with the authentic feel of the cockpit.
The embossed AMG emblem on the leather-lined selector lever is a discreet detail. The AMG Performance steering wheel with its high-grade premium leather lining and flattened bottom rim section provides perfect vehicle control. Turbulence is reduced in the cockpit through the leather-lined roll-over bars with integrated mesh in a "Silver Shadow" look, which are available in combination with designo Exclusive leather.
The naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine with 563 hp at 6,800 rpm, making the open-top SLS one of the most powerful sports cars in its segment, and 479 pound-feet of torque asserts itself and makes the heart beat faster with its distinctive AMG eight-cylinder sound. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission boasts fast gear changes with no loss of tractive force.
The convertible super sports car will be produced at the largest Mercedes-Benz production plant in Sindelfingen.
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