Mercedes SLS AMG

8 Apr, 2009 3:39pm

First official images of stunning new gullwing model from AMG.

Mercedes stunning SLS is about to spread its wings… These teaser shots, released on the eve of the New York Auto Show are the first official pictures of the undisguised car.

Plans to launch the new AMG built supercar have been the source of rumour for some time, but were first confirmed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Partnering that announcement, were ‘official’ spy shots of the new car, which have now been followed by these pictures here…

As well as design sketches that reveal the cars detail, there are also real pictures of the door mechanism and the interior.

This offers the first taste of what drivers can expect from the car’s stunning interior.

A strict two seater, the car’s interior gets sports seats and a decorated steering wheel. The car is is also equipped with the latest navigation and audio technology, based around Mercedes COMAND system.

Technical details on the car remain scarce, however, insiders at AMG have described the model as representing the ultimate in AMG driving dynamics and performance.

Company chairman Volker Mornhinweg has also said that the car, due to be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show will be smaller and lighter than the McLaren-Mercedes SLR, and is based on a new aluminium spaceframe chassis rather than the carbon fibre arrangement of its precdecessor.

Developing around 570bhp at 6800rpm, Mercedes claims the 6.3-litre V8 machine will sprint from 0-60mph in 3.8seconds while top speed is electronically limited to 196mph.

Drivers will get a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (first seen in the SL63 AMG and located in the rear transaxle) while the engine is dry-sumped in order to keep the centre of gravity as low as possible.

Supension matches conventional coil springs with twin aluminium wishbones at each corner, lightweight ceramic brake discs are an option.

There;s still no clear word on price, however the car is due to go on sale in summer 2010.

A source close to the project suggested drivers could expect to pay around 150,000 euros - less than half the price of the outgoing SLR.

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