The last edition of Mercedes’ SLS AMG sports car has just been officially revealed wearing parts and paintwork conspicuously similar to the GT3 and Black Series variants before it.
Much as the SLS’ warbling V8 carries emotional appeal, cooler heads are prevailing and the SLS will soon disappear from the Mercedes-Benz stable. Rumor has it that the next dedicated sports car to wear the tri-star will be made to compete more directly with the Porsche 911, although that has’t been confirmed.
Be that as it may, Benz is building one last hurrah into its storied SLS timeline: the “Final Edition,” which it unveiled here during the 2013 L.A. Auto Show. Only 350 will be built and buyers may choose between a coupe or convertible.
Output from its 6.3-liter V8 mounted in the front mid-section remain unchanged with 583 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, but Mercedes is making sure to distinguish the special edition with a long list of cosmetic changes. They include an exposed carbon fiber hood, a front-splitter and a fixed rear spoiler made of the same material that Mercedes says is “reminiscent” of bits found on the Black Series.
Downforce over the front and rear axles is said to be significantly improved, much the same as the GT3 and Black Series variants.
As a no-cost option, buyers may choose to have the wheels shod in new Dunlop “Sport Maxx Race” Cup tires developed exclusively for AMG.
Of course, the car still comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Mercedes says it will run from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds or to 124 mph in 11.2.
The cabin is appropriately trimmed in premium materials. The seats and doors feature diamond-pattern stitched leather and each of the Final Edition vehicles carries a badge denoting its place in the final production run.
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GALLERY: 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition Live Photos
GALLERY: 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition
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