While debuting the new SLS AMG GT3 race car at the New York Auto Show today, Mercedes also divulged just how much the street machine will cost you. And, as we expected, it’s not cheap – this is the flagship Mercedes model after all and the first ground-up vehicle ever built by AMG. That price? Try, $183,000. Sure that’s a lot of coin, but this is a true exotic after all and is actually reasonably priced when compared to vehicles like the R8, Gallardo, etc.
Inspired by the 300SL Gullwing, the new SLS AMG is powered by AMG’s 6.2-liter mill, making 563-hp and 479 ft-lbs of torque – enough to propel the company’s new flagship sports car all the way to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 196 mph. Helping achieve that low sprint time is a sophisticated double-clutch automatic transmission, that can be operated via paddle shifters. The SLS is the first production Mercedes to get double-clutch technology.
The engine uses a dry-sump lubrication system (great for serious abuse), as well as a transaxle. That transaxle layout means that the tranny is located out back (for an ideal weight balance of 48/52) and it attached to the engine by a carbon fiber driveshaft.
The curb weight is just 3,571 lbs, due mostly to the fact that this is the first model Mercedes has ever produced with an all aluminum chassis and body. Weight is also saved by using carbon ceramic brakes and light weight wheels, that measure 19×9.5-inches up front and 20×11-inches in the rear. Tires measure 265/35/19 front and 295/30/22 rear.
If all that sounds good to you, then give your local Benz dealer a call – this thing is sure to be a wicked machine and a collector’s item and