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Mercedes-Benz has used the occasion of the 2009 Geneva Motor Show to release the first official details about a car that won't even be shown in Switzerland at all. It is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, which has long been referred to as the SLC or modern day Gullwing. Mercedes has confirmed that the car will feature the same gullwing-style doors made famous by the classic 300SL, and from there things get very interesting.

While not ready to unveil the final design of the car, Mercedes did release dozens of images of SLS prototypes being tested by its engineers. It's readily apparent that the SLS looks smaller than Mercedes' current supercar, the SLR McLaren, but the smaller shape just hints at extensive weight saving measures. An all-new aluminum space frame contributes to a curb weight of just 3,571 lbs, a full 300 lbs less than the SLR McLaren. The SLS also rides on a long 105.5-inch wheelbase with a front track that's 1.2 inches wider than the rear.

Power will be provided by a tuned version of AMG's familiar 6.2L V8 producing 563 hp at 6,800 rpm and 479 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm. The engine, which sits low and behind the front axle, will send all that power across a carbon-fiber driveshaft to the rear axle where a new seven-speed dual clutch gearbox carves it up. There will even be a Race Start launch control function that guarantees an estimated 3.8-second 0-62 time every time. Top speed: 196 mph. Stopping? 15.4-inch discs in front squeezed by six-piston calipers and 14.2-inchers with four-piston calipers out back, and a full set of carbon ceramic rotors will be optional.

Pricing hasn't yet been released, but expect to drop at least 200 large on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG when it goes on sale. The car is clearly not ready for the showroom yet, but Mercedes just wanted us all to know it's coming... fast.














 

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the diagrams are beautiful...

too bad I'm not that excited about the car (the numbers look average at best compared to other super cars, which I'm assuming this will be competing with)
 

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Gorgeous design! Cant wait to see the final product. I love the engineering aspect behind this too. Im assuming this torque tube will be excellent and eliminating a lot of wheel hop! Also very interesting to see the transmission on the rear axle! And 3500 lbs is light for a benz :lol:
 

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Interesting that MB would do test mule press shots. Cool idea.

Shots and tech info looks very cool. And based on the CAD body shell, it looks nice. Gull wing doors! Thats been awhile!

I see the torque likes to eff up the rear suspension in a frontal impact too :lol:

I'm kind of excited about this too. MB just bothers the crap out of me for not offering manuals!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Gullwing America SLS Panamericana

Few cars are as classic and iconic as the original Gullwing, also known as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL. Created by a loophole in racing rules when MB realized that, "Nowhere is it written that a door can only open sideways." Hence, Mercedes was allowed to retain the strength of the 300SL's (as well as the 300SLR's) tubular space frame by hinging the doors from the roof. A legend, as they say, was born.

Fast-forward more than fifty years and Mercedes-Benz (via AMG) is about to launch a new gullwing, this time called the SLS AMG. While it's no doubt a great car (553 horsepower tends to do that), some might say it's slightly lacking in the retro SL looks department. Enter Gullwing America (you might remember their updated 300SL) and their new SLS Panamericana.

Created to be a more proper "300SL from the 21st century," the Panamericana consists of seven body pieces including the all important "eyebrows" on top of the fenders. Everything is made from either lightweight aluminum or carbon fiber. Plus, you get those snazzy racing stripes. As well as a swath of Alcantara on the seats set off by contrast stitching. You also get a set of GWA wheels, 19-inchers up front, 20-inches in the rear. While we do like most of what we see, we're honestly not sold on the brows... how about you?





 

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i can't stand the back of it. reminds me of the slr with the ugly back. i still think the slr front is AMAZING but, then it has the back end of a crx. it just looks so unfinished.


edit. i am happy however that it seems they are bringing back the flares the original sl had. according to those mule pics that's what those lumps are by the top of the wheel well. that's the first time i've seen that in any sl pics
 

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I'm just not a big fan of retro I guess. I do like the Ford GT plenty, but that is one of the few retro-inspired cars that I truly like.

I know the SLS is going to be one hell of a performer given it's great specs, but it just doesn't seem like a visually appealing car to me. :(
 

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I would kill to build high-end motors for a company like MB, Ferrari, Porsche, AM, etc.

The car pictured above is tits. Total mix of new age and classic lines. Love it.
 
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