All good things must come to an end. As the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has been a good thing – a very good thing, in fact – ever since its debut in 2009, it, too, is subject to this rule of thumb. Production will cease after 2014, but in order go out with a bang, the last 350 examples off the line will be built as this: the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Final Edition.
AMG chairman Tobias Moers describes the Final Edition as “one final and extremely attractive variant of our super sports car.” Though there’s no arguing with his first point – the SLS AMG GT Final Edition coupes and roadsters will be the last 350 SLS road cars assembled – his second implication might be open to debate. Both coupe and convertible SLS AMG GT Final Edition models receive a number of outlandish modifications to help set them apart from previous SLS AMG models.
Let’s start with the hood. Yes, its giant extractor scoop is virtually identical to that employed on the 2014 SLS AMG Black Series, save for paint. On 2014 SLS AMG GT Final Edition models, the carbon fiber panel is clearcoated and installed, allowing it to contrast (or clash) with the paint color used on most other body panels. The hood isn’t the only carbon fiber extra bolted onto the SLS AMG GT’s exterior, either – a front splitter is also added, as is a Black Series-like fixed rear wing. If you somehow need more carbon fiber in your life, AMG can also add mirror caps, and an engine cover crafted from the composite material at extra cost.
Inside, SLS AMG GT Final Edition cars are trimmed in Mercedes’s Designo Exclusive black leather, complete with diamond-stitched hide sections for both the seat inserts and door panel accents. High-gloss carbon fiber trim is standard, as is an Alcantara-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel with high-gloss black metal inserts, leather-edged floor mats, and a thin strip of Alcantara neatly set into the top of an otherwise leather-clad dashboard.
Listening to the machine gun-esque exhaust note might prove entertaining enough – especially with the roadster’s top folded down -- but buyers seeking a little different soundtrack can always upgrade the stock audio components to a 1000-watt, 11-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround sound system. And just in case you didn’t have your fair share of carbon fiber, buyers can also add the composite material to the seat backrests and door sill panels.
Sadly, the Final Edition transformation doesn’t bless the 2014 SLS AMG GT with any additional power. The 6.2-liter V-8 still produces 583 hp at 6800 rpm and 479 lb-ft of torque at 4750 rpm, just as the stock SLS AMG GT did last year. We’re sure AMG could have coaxed a little more oomph out of the engine, but doing so runs the risk of stepping on the toes of the ultra-exclusive 2014 SLS AMG Black Series, which serves up 622 hp from a modified form of the same 6.2-liter engine. As such, expect the 2014 SLS AMG GT Final Edition to blast from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, before reaching an electronically-limited top end of 197 mph. The SLS AMG GT’s stock seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission remains standard, and carbon ceramic brakes remain optional. Forged aluminum wheels – your choice of a polished wheel with matte black pockets or a matte black finish with a polished rim accent – are standard, and can be wrapped in super-sticky Dunlop Sport Maxx Race Cup tires at no additional charge.
On that note, pricing has not yet been announced for the 2014 SLS AMG GT Final Edition cars, but expect both the coupe and roadster to command premiums over their outgoing 2013 SLS AMG GT counterparts, which stickered at $204,525 and $211,025 respectively. Look for early production cars to reach customers beginning in March 2014.