Report: Mercedes Debuts Matte-Gold SLS AMG Supercar at Dubai Auto Show

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Sure, you’ve probably seen the SLS AMG supercar from Mercedes before, but you haven’t seen it like this before. In true UAE-fashion, Mercedes revealed its new top-tier performer at the Dubai Auto Show painted in a brilliantly bling shade of matte-gold.

The paint is called “AMG Desert Gold” and is highlighted by gloss black detailing and a special set of black wheels. Mercedes has said that the gold color was initially just a one-off for the display purposes of the show car at the 2009 Dubai International Motor Show, but that if demand is significant enough, it could become available as a part of the AMG Performance Studio. Currently AMG already offers two matte colors, “AMG Monza grey magno” and “designo magno alanite grey,” as well as a chrome “AMG alubeam silver.”

Inspired by the 300SL Gullwing, the new SLS AMG is powered by AMG’s first “from scratch” engine. That engine, a 6.2-liter mill, makes 563-hp and 479 ft-lbs of torque in the SLS – 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.

GALLERY: Matte-Gold Mercedes SLS AMG

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Donald S Donald S on Jun 24, 2010

    The Dubai gold matte car looks fantastic. I'm a fan of Gullwinged cars and have a 1981 DeLorean. The DeLorean factory produced 3 GoldPlated cars so I'm surprised that this Mercedes was not GoldPlated instead.