The design of the SLS AMG Roadster stirs the emotions. Whether with the soft top open or closed, the Roadster exudes passionate sportiness and sheer exclusivity. The new super-sports car reinterprets the breathtaking lines of the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s, and continues the legend of exciting sports cars bearing the Mercedes star.
The short overhangs characterise the athletic proportions as strongly as the overall engineering concept for this super-sports car, with its low-mounted front-mid engine and dual clutch transmission in a transaxle configuration.
Powerful AMG V8 engine with 420 kW
The SLS AMG Roadster has the same, muscular engine as the gullwing model. The 6.3-litre V8 with a peak output of 420 kW at 6800 rpm makes the open-top SLS one of the most powerful sports cars in its segment. The open-top SLS AMG accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, reaches 200 km/h in 11.3 seconds and has a top speed of 317 km/h (electronically limited) – which means that the Roadster has a performance comparable to the gullwing variant.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
Cylinder arrangement V8
Cylinder angle 90°
Valves per cylinder 4
Displacement 6208 cc
Bore x stroke 102.2 x 94.6 mm
Cylinder spacing 109 mm
Compression ratio 11.3 : 1
Output 420 kW at 6800 rpm
Max. torque 650 Nm at 4750 rpm
Maximum engine speed 7200 rpm
Engine weight (dry) 205 kg
Fuel consumption (combined) 13.3 l/100 km
CO2 emissions 311 g/km
Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h 3.8 s
Acceleration 0-200 km/h 11.3 s
Top speed 317 km/h*
Eight airbags and Blind Spot Assist as an Australian standard
The sophisticated body structure with its fixed roll-over protection system is perfectly complemented by the very latest restraint systems. Three-point seat belts with reversible belt tensioners and belt force limiters, plus eight airbags, are provided as standard passive safety features for occupants of the SLS AMG Roadster. The airbag system includes two adaptive airbags for the driver and passenger, a kneebag for each, two sidebags integrated into the sports seats and two separate window-bags deploying from the door beltlines.
The new, standard Blind Spot Assist further improves active safety. This visual and acoustic warning system uses the short-range sensors of the PARKTRONIC system to detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot. If the system registers another vehicle in the blind spot, the driver is warned by a red triangle appearing in the relevant exterior mirror. An acoustic warning is given in addition if he nonetheless activates the indicators.
The SLS AMG Roadster will be available through Australian and New Zealand authorised Mercedes-Benz dealerships during January 2012.
SLS AMG: $468,820 (MRLP) excludes on-road costs and dealer delivery. For drive away price information, consumers should contact a dealer.
SLS AMG Roadster: $487,500 (MRLP) excludes on-road costs and dealer delivery. For drive away price information, consumers should contact a dealer.