AFFALTERBACH (Germany): AMG, the tuner miester in Mercedes-Benz, today unveiled the SLS AMG Roadster.
The roadster's specs are certainly impressive: an aluminium spaceframe body, an AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine with dry sump lubrication developing a peak output of 571hp and 650Nm of torque, a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and a sports suspension with aluminium double wishbones.
The compact fabric soft top of the SLS AMG Roadster opens and closes in 11 seconds, and can be operated on the move at speeds up to 50kph.
The new AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping is available as an option. It enables the damping characteristics to be modified at the touch of a button.
Using the AMG DRIVE UNIT, the driver of the SLS AMG Roadster is able to choose his own suspension setup.
Three modes are available: “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport plus”.
“AMG Performance Media”, a new multimedia system, shows numerous telemetric displays such as lateral and linear acceleration, various engine data and lap times on a racetrack, and also features high-speed mobile Internet access.
The interior is inspired by an aircraft cockpit: prominent stylistic features include the dashboard in the shape of a wing section and the air vents with adjustable, cruciform nozzles reminiscent of jet engines.
The extended centre console of matt, solid metal and the new E-SELECT lever in the shape of an aircraft’s thrust control are also design features adopted from the world of aviation. Another detail is the embossed AMG emblem on the leather-lined selector lever.
The SLS AMG Roadster is fitted with a naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine that produces the typical rumble of an AMG eight-cylinder engine.
The three-layered fabric soft top is a weight-optimised magnesium/steel/ aluminium construction, and is said to contribute to the car’s low centre of gravity.
Boot capacity is 173 litres with the roof either open or closed, and is similar to that of the SLS AMG Coupe, which is 176 litres.
The roadster is open for booking from June 1, with its market launch in the autumn 2011. The selling price is 195,160 euros (RM844,000).