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Mercedes‘ flagship SLS AMG Black Series was spied, and reports say that the new car will make 650 horsepower out of its 6.2L V8, one heavily revised by Mercedes’ AMG division.
Revised bodywork and new wheels will also be included, but you’ll pay dearly – expect the Black Series to start at $338,000 according to exchange rates.
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Those that have been waiting for a roadster variant of Mercedes‘ SLS AMG supercar can start heading over to their nearest Benz dealership to drop off a deposit. The 2012 SLS AMG Roadster is now official and will make its North American debut in Fall of 2011. The AMG-powered 6.2-liter V8 powerplant puts out 563-hp and 479 ft-lbs of torque while drivers will now have the versatility to conveniently lower the fully automatic, weight-optimized soft top to further enjoy the tone the V8 emits.
The roadster will have the ability to open its soft top so long as you’re traveling under 31-mph, and does so in a mere 11 seconds. The roof control unit is nicely integrated at the front of the center armrest making it within easy reach. To complement the SLS AMG’s nine exterior and eight interior colors, the soft top will be available in three different colors: black, red and beige.
For the rest of the SLS AMG, it’s standard Mercedes-Benz operating procedure which includes a staggered set of 19- and 20-inch wheels, AMG Drive Unit (which also allows controlling of the optional adaptive AMG sport suspension), Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG sound system, and optional AMG ceramic high-performance two-piece braking system.
No pricing was announced on the SLS Roadster, but with the coupe retailing for $183,000 it’s likely to approach or even exceed the $200,000 mark.
GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
While pairing up a model with a nice car for a photo shoot isn’t anything groundbreaking, taking a modified Mercedes SLS and combining it with a former playmate is something we thought should probably catch your attention. Kicherer decided to share its matte black “angry and aggressive” SLS with this stunning, yet classy, photoshoot.
The SLS 63 Supersport GT sports a matte black paint job along with a hand-made front grille (with huge vertical fins) accented by carbon fins on the mudguard and hood. Performance is upgraded to go along with the menacing looks, upgrading horsepower to around 621-hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The extra power comes courtesy of an ECU retune and sport exhaust system.
Easily the best part of the package are the RS-1 forged wheels. Staggered with a 20×10-inch setup in the front and a 21×11.5-inch setup in the rear, the three-piece rollers definitely work for the SLS. The suspension is also adjustable allowing the vehicle to be lifted or lowered 1.2-inches at the push of a button.
Lastly, the interior can receive carbon fiber accessories from center console to door entrance border covers.
GALLERY: Kicherer Mercedes-Benz SLS 63 Supersport GT
Quite possibly the most radically built Mercedes SLS yet, FAB Design has officially named their widebody SLS tuning program: Gullstream. Originally revealed in a light blue shade, FAB Design has now shown off all the lines and curves of its custom SLS with a bright white variant. Along with unveiling this version, FAB Design has also released some more details on the package.
At the heart of it all is a widebody kit that features an all new front bumper, fenders, side skirts, rear quarter panels, rear bumper and rear diffuser. A lip spoiler made of carbon fiber is probably the most subtle of all the upgrades while the roof receives a non-functional air scoop.
For wheels, the SLS AMG runs a staggered 10-inch and 12-inch wide setup of three-piece Evolution wheels that feature a concave design. Suspension duties are handled with Koni’s coilovers that can also be found on the SLS GT3 race car, giving the car that ‘stance’ look. FAB has also designed their own quad-tipped exhaust system for the SLS AMG.
Overall power gains goes from 563-hp to 607-hp. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but chances are you either can’t afford it, or don’t want to.
GALLERY: FAB Design SLS Gullstream
Thanks to Google Translate, we were able to whip up a wacky title for this article, but the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell is all business, aside from the Banana Popsicle Yellow paint.
Making 525 horsepower and 649 lb-ft of torque through all 4 wheels, the SLS E-Cell will hit 60 mpg in 3.9 seconds, a couple tenths slower than a gasoline SLS. The conversion to electric power necessitated minimal changes, as the battery and motor take up the same space as the gas engine and gearbox, although weight is up by 800 lbs due to the added mass of the electric drivetrain. The front suspension has been redesigned to accomodate the car’s conversion to electric power, with a multi-link setup and pushrods replacing the double-wishbone setup on the standard car.
Mercedes is committed to producing the SLS E-Cell for the 2012 model year, and expect it to cost more than the GNP of an African country when it comes to market. It will probably be worth it.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz SLS E-Cell
Formula 1′s ubiquitous safety car, deployed whenever an accident takes place, was present for its 250th Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi last weekend.
Known as a pace car in American race series, the safety car has been used on and off since 1973 but became a permanent fixture in 1996. The safety cars have generally been Mercedes-Benz AMG vehicles, including a C36, SLK55, CL63, SL63 and finally, an SLS AMG Gullwing. Over the 250 races, the safety car has been deployed 135 times.
The Lausitzring has always suffered from a bit of obscurity; as Europe’s only high speed oval, it’s never garnered much interests from hardcore road course fans, and it’s location in the former East Germany has never endeared it to prestige hungry European motorsports fans.
Mercedes‘ new SLS GT3 decided to grace the near-forgotten raceway with a test session, and a video crew was on hand to capture the SLS going around the road course portion of the track. There’s no real information to go along with the video, but trust us when we say that you need to crank up your speakers and hide your fragile objects.
Once upon a time having a movie, film or video in HD was cool enough. Now you’re just not cutting it unless it’s in the wonderful world of 3D. For those that have witnessed Avatar on the big screen in 3D, you know that movie-watching has been changed forever and perhaps entertainment in general. Hell, even Nintendo’s upcoming hand held video game system will feature 3D (Nintendo 3DS) without the use of glasses.
The premise of this flick is to make the ‘World’s Fastest 3D Film’ which means enlisting the aid of Mercedes-Benz‘s SLS AMG and ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard. Toss in some helicopters, some expensive 3D cameras and some beautiful scenery and we’ve got magic in the making.
The film is 4 minutes and 2 seconds long and will be shown in Sky 3D abroad. When it’ll hit the States (if ever) we’re not sure, but we’re hoping we’ll be able to one day feast our eyes on the finished product in 3D, the way it was meant to be seen.
Make sure to check out the two videos after the break, in 2D naturally.
Mercedes-Benz‘ awesome SLS supercar isn’t even out yet, but the company is already getting a smaller variant ready, with a more modest powertrain that its big brother.
The new car will reportedly use a 3.5L V6 with, surprise surprise, a hybrid system. Rather than being a typical “mild hybrid”, the baby SLS will use two electric motors, ostensibly in the front wheels, for an all-wheel drive sports car that would put out a reported 305 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Start-stop technology and direct injection should help with fuel economy as well.
The smaller SLS is expected to come to market by 2012, about the same time as the long rumored all-electric SLS is supposed to deubt.