AutoGuide News Blog
The AutoGuide News Blog is your source for breaking stories from the auto industry. Delivering news immediately, the AutoGuide Blog is constantly updated with the latest information, photos and video from manufacturers, auto shows, the aftermarket and professional racing.
No surprises here, as FAB Design has released photos of its custom Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster and it’s pretty much everything we expected: hideous.
The Swiss-based tuner has never been known for subtle enhancements. Its McLaren MP4-12C at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show was overkill, and the Gullstream tuning package for the standard SLS AMG Coupe foreshadowed the atrocity that would result from the roadster variant.
The gaudy widebody is further ruined by the accompanying body kit. The rear end isn’t necessarily bad, but we just can’t forgive the front-end styling. About the only thing we can give credit to FAB Design for doing is the candy red paint that sports a matte finish. We would take a factory SLS AMG Roadster in that shade.
For performance, FAB Design tweaked the Roadster to 615-hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, a change of 52-hp and 111 lb-ft of torque from factory figures.
Thankfully the interior is done more tastefully, with an abundant use of carbon fiber. We would prefer to pass on the custom steering wheel with the FAB Design logo, or the FAB logo grille.
GALLERY: FAB Design SLS AMG Roadster
Brabus has announced a Roadster variant of their custom Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and it looks to be based on the tuning package for the 700 Biturbo SLS AMG Coupe. Its official debut will be at the upcoming Essen Motor Show on November 26th, 2011.
No official specifications were announced, but based on the Biturbo 700, we can safely assume the Brabus SLS AMG Roadster sports 700-hp with 626 lb-ft of torque thanks to the B63 bi-turbo system. Plenty of carbon fiber components adorn the exterior of the vehicle, though we’re sure there’s slight differences between the Roadster and the Coupe’s styling accessories due to aerodynamics.
Along with the turbo upgrade and styling accessories, Brabus also offers interior customization for the SLS AMG Roadster, as they do with various other Mercedes models.
GALLERY: Brabus Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
Two years after debuting the SLS AMG at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz has followed up with a convertible version.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster swaps its predecessor’s splashy gullwing doors for conventional doors and a soft top roof that closes in 11 seconds and can be operated while moving at speeds up to 31 mph (50 kph).
The Roadster is powered by an AMG 6.3-liter V8 pumping out 571 hp and 479 ft-lb. The engine is paired to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Optional electronically controlled sports suspension offers three modes: comfort, sport and sport plus.
Other options include a Bang & Olufsen BeoSound system with a 250-watt subwoofer and AMG Performance Media. AMG Performance Media offers an unprecedented level of telemetric data for a production model. The system can display engine oil, coolant and transmission fluid temperatures, individual tire pressure, acceleration time from 0-100 kph, and both lateral and linear acceleration combined with braking performance and accelerator position all in real-time.
AMG Performance Media also provides high-speed internet access – but only when the car is stationary. The Android-powered system allows driver and passenger to surf the internet, send and receive email and even install apps. Mercedes-Benz says the AMG Performance Media system will be offered in other future AMG high-performance models.
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
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
Mercedes has announced a total of six debuts at the upcoming New York Auto Show, two of which will be world premiers. The first of those two has already been revealed as the C63 AMG Coupe, while the second is still unknown. Mercedes has, however, said the car will be from its high-performance AMG division, raising speculation that it will be the roadster version of the SLS – just in time for Spring.
Other North American debuts include the C-Class Coupe, 2012 C-Class Sedan and the 2012 SLK (even though it’s actually already been shown at the Canadian International Auto Show).
As for the sixth and final vehicle, the press release makes no mention of it, with speculation suggesting a concept car that will form the basis of anything from the next B-Class to the new compact crossover below the GLK.
For more on the NY Auto Show debuts and full coverage see AutoGuide’s 2011 New York Auto Show page here.