Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG pays homage to the 300SL of the 1950s. Although Mercedes-Benz as a company didn’t officially exist until 1965, Mercedes-Benz cars were being imported to other countries in 1952. In 1957, the brand made it to the American market via a partnership with Studebaker-Packard Corporation. Eight years later, Mercedes-Benz went solo and became a corporation on its own.

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Origins

The 300SL debuted in the U.S. in 1957. The car serves as one of the most recognizable cars of that era because of its unique sporty curves and doors that hinge from the top. The vertically opening doors, long hood, and short rear deck earn the nickname ?Gullwing,? and the name has been associated with this car since then. Mercedes-Benz has earned several accolades over the years for its innovative technology that the SLS AMG incorporates. In 1959, Mercedes-Benz pioneered crumple zone technology, which allows the car to crumple safely if involved in a collision. In 1978, the company instituted an anti-lock braking system, or ABS, and in 1980, it included airbags.

About the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz enjoys a reputation for style, performance, luxury, and innovation. The exterior of the SLS AMG is a work of art that consists of distinct curves and top-hinged doors. The top-hinged doors open vertically, making it look like a seagull in flight, hence the nickname ?Gullwing.? The cockpit finds inspiration in the design of aviation cockpits. The dashboard has a wing-like slope and the air vents recall those of jet engines.

The company and the SLS AMG are known for luxury, and the car includes many luxurious amenities. The interior flaunts fine Italian leather and hand-stitching. Other features that have been incorporated over the years include heated, power-bolstered seats, backlit dial instruments, power accessories, and high-speed Internet access.

This car also offers superior performance. In 1957, the 300SL coupe came equipped with a three-liter, inline-six engine that produced 215 horsepower, and the roadster came with the same engine that produced 225 horsepower. When the SLS AMG debuted in 2011, the engine technology had advanced to incorporate a 6.3-liter, V-8 engine that produces a formidable 571 horsepower at 479 lb-ft of torque. The SLS AMG can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Features

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG comes as a coupe and as a roadster. The roadster has a softtop that can retract in as little as 11 seconds, even when the car travels as fast as 31 mph. It has a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission with the shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. It has a double wishbone, four-wheel, independent suspension and a front and rear stabilizer bar. With an AMG Carbon Ceramic Braking System and AMG Adaptive Suspension, this car is made for speed.

Mercedes crafts the interior with luxurious, quality materials, including genuine Italian hand-stitched leather that comes in six colors. The center console has a matte metallic finish and the instrument clusters are backlit with white lights and red-lit needles that make them easy to read. The multimedia system sits conveniently in the center of the cockpit.

The SLS AMG comes equipped with a number of standard features. It includes a rear defogger; multilevel, heated, eight-way power driver and passenger seats; cruise control; a remote trunk release; 20-inch, alloy wheels; performance tires; a tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel; and alloy/leather trim on the doors, shift knob, and dashboard. Some of the technology comforts include satellite radio, Bluetooth, a memory card slot, and a six-speaker stereo system with MP3 playback and an auxiliary audio input. Some available options include the AMG Performance Media Center, AMG Adaptive Suspension, and an Extended Interior Carbon Fiber Package.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Evolution

Mercedes-Benz introduced the 300SL, as a successor to the Gullwing, in a coupe body style with a removable hardtop, then as a roadster with a convertible softtop. Production of the 300SL ended in 1963. The 300SL comes equipped with a three-liter, inline-six engine that produces 215 horsepower.

In 1963, the next SL-class model, the 230SL, came equipped with a 2.3-liter, six-cylinder engine. The coupe/roadster has a low waistline and big curved windows. In 1964, Mercedes-Benz increased the displacement and relabeled the 230SL as the 250SL. Later in the second generation (ending in 1971), some interior tweaks made improvements to the dashboard, switches, and knobs, and the U.S. models got an improved steering wheel.

The third-generation SL-class models received mechanical upgrades, such as improved brakes, larger discs, and a modern paint system to protect the cars against rust. The Mercedes-Benz 300SL models come equipped with a 3.5-liter, V-8 engine and a five-speed manual transmission. From 1986 to 1989, Mercedes-Benz sold relatively few of the 300SL models and went back to the proverbial drawing board to contemplate upgrades.

The fourth generation 300SL came to the market with a new 3.0-liter, inline-six engine and 12 valves for the models released in the United States, in 1989. Then in 1995, the 300SL got replaced by the SL320 in the U.S. and the six-cylinder models left the lineup.

The AMG lineup came in very limited quantity beginning in 1995 with the SL73 AMG, which contains a powerful V-12 engine. It appeared on and off the market from 1995 to 2001, with a total of only 85 units produced. Other rare AMG models include the SL60 AMG, the SL70 AMG, and the SL55 AMG. Mercedes produces only a limited quantity of each model.

Mercedes-Benz introduced the SLS AMG as a brand-new model in 2011 as a 2012 model. The SL models received a facelift in 2008 to include a new front end with a large grille displaying the three-pointed star emblem, new headlights, and a speed-sensing steering system. The SLS AMG debuted in 2011 as a coupe, and Mercedes added a roadster body style in 2012. This car boasts a powerful 6.2-liter V-8 engine and a cache of standard features nestled in its luxurious materials.

Select a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Year

2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

The biggest news for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is the addition of a convertible model. Scheduled to debut sometime later this year, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG convertible will be a soft-top model that, according to the automaker, unfolds in eleven seconds even if the SLS AMG is traveling up to 30 mph.

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Coupe, Sports

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is not a regular sedan.