First Look at the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

By Joel Arellano | June 05, 2012
Say hello to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT. Mercedes is releasing information and images of its supercar for model year 2013 which also includes the revamp naming scheme. Mercedes updated the SLS AMG GT in several ways of interest to potential buyers. First, to prevent possible confusion with the SLS AMG model, Mercedes-Benz has added "GT" lettering to the AMG badging on the trunk lid. Inside, the Mercedes SLS AMG GT sports seats are covered as standard by the automaker's signature designo leather with Alcantra fabric tastefully inserted within the seat centers. Contrast stitching, of course, is omnipresent within the cozy interior, outlining the seats, dash, center stack, and inner door panels. For audiences wanting more exclusivity, Mercedes will be offering an AMG designo style packaging for the SLS AMG GT. Offered in three exclusive colors, the package will feature contrasting stitching with a unique diamond quilt pattern for the seat covers and inner door panel insert. Other cosmetic changes included black dials and accents on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT instrument cluster and updated AMG performance steering wheel. Mercedes also offers plenty of options for buyers to customize their SLS AMG GT including carbon fiber for virtually every part of the vehicle as well as wheel options.
Speaking of performance, Mercedes has bolstered the 2013 SLS AMG GT 6.3-liter V-8 engine with more power (583 horsepower, up 20 hp from the standard SLS) while maintaining the same low-end acceleration power, or torque (479 pound-feet). According to Mercedes, the SLS AMG GT can still bolt from zero to sixty at a jaw-dropping 3.6 seconds. The sports car continues to use a seven-speed automatic, but tuned to be even more reactive to driver's inputsm especially in manual "M" transmission mode. Yet the 2013 SLS AMG continues to maintain the same 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway fuel economy figures of the 2012 model. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT will be offered in coupe and convertible models, and will arrive at dealerships in November of this year. Mercedes has not yet released non-performance specs--vital specifications like safety systems--of the AMG GT, but we assume such features will carry over from the 2012 SLS AMG model. Note that we spent some (admittedly) scant time driving the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG roadster earlier in the year: We found it to be an amazingly livable car for the day-to-day drive despite the stiff suspension, and grin-inducing sports car when allowed to let loose on the road. Source: Mercedes-Benz