2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
The SLS AMG is the first Mercedes designed in-house by AMG, and it uses the well-known 6.2-liter V-8 from Mercedes' tuning division for propulsion. The coupe's gull-wing doors hark back to the 300SL, but the SLS replaces the more recent SLR. That car, produced in a joint venture with McLaren, cost nearly $500,000--or more than twice as much as the SLS--and didn't drive nearly as well. With dry-sump lubrication, revised camshafts and valves, and less restrictive intake and exhaust systems, the SLS V-8's peak output has been bumped to 563 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The SLS is also a bit lighter than its predecessor and features a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in place of the old five-speed torque converter automatic. The result is that the SLS is just as quick to 60 mph--Mercedes claims it can do the run in 3.6 seconds. To compensate for rigidity that was lost when the roof was chopped off, the roadster features thicker side sills, additional supports for the structural cross member at the base of the windshield frame, and a curved brace between the strut towers of the rear suspension. The SLS's balance is brilliant, its steering is quick and accurate, and its brakes are instantly responsive and fade-resistant. For 2012, a convertible SLS joins the gull-wing coupe.
2012 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Coupe Front Right View 2
I had the opportunity to drive the SLS AMG gullwing coupe the day after I drove the SLS AMG roadster, and the moment I pulled out of the magazine office's parking lot, I knew I preferred the coupe. I appreciate its clearer sense of purpose, not to mention its rigidity, and I like its deliberate nod to the 1950s 300SL Gullwing, one of the most iconic Mercedes-Benz models of all time. And it is the gullwing doors that never fail to wow people. People notice the car, certainly; they know it's something important and substantial and desirable, even if they don't immediately realize it's a Mercedes-Benz. And then when you open those gullwing doors? People go berserk. I let a few random folks I met sit in the driver's seat, and it was clearly the highlight of their week. If not their year.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe

2012 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster Front Three Quarters In Motion
When I drove the SLS AMG roadster in the South of France during a media event last fall, I was enchanted by its performance, its exclusivity, and its sumptuous cabin, but I was also alarmed by its width. It was all my co-driver and I could do to thread the SLS through the narrow streets of Monaco and along twisty ribbons of asphalt that cling to the mountains high above the Mediterranean without clipping a sideview mirror. Here in wide-open Michigan, I had no such qualms, although I was reminded of my French SLS roadster experience when I pulled into the drive-through lane at my credit union in Ann Arbor. Happily, the SLS fit fine, and while I waited for the teller to process my transaction, I chatted with a young man who pulled into the adjacent drive-through lane and excitedly gushed to me that "This is, like, my favorite car in the whole world!!!"

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG roadster

2013 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster Front Three Quarter On Track 2
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has gained a number of upgrades for 2013, including the GT moniker. Now, the automaker has shown off the veritable bedroom-wall-poster car in a slew of new images.
Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series Prototype Fire 1
Fun fact: The [Dodge] Ram 1500 is apparently the emergency response vehicle of choice at the Nürburgring. How do we know that? Because a Ram 1500s appeared when a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series prototype ventured off the track and erupted into flames.
2012 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary Edition Doors Open View
Tradition holds that 45th anniversary gifts are usually crafted from sapphire. Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division begs to differ – after all, its new SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary Edition model, wears a lovely shade of...matte grey. Yes, the SLS AMG GT3 is the race-prepped version of AMG’s bespoke supercar, and no, it’s still not legal for use on the streets -- but that’s not stopping AMG from building a small, specialized batch to celebrate its 45th year of existence. Only five examples, each identical in all but serial numbers, will be manufactured. So, what’s new this time around? The paint, for starters: dubbed magno graphite, it was only previously used on the 2013 SL 65 AMG 45th Anniversary model. While it adorns virtually every body surface on the SLS AMG GT3, it’s also applied to the GT3’s wheels and roll cage structure. 45th Anniversary GT3s also receive big, boastful 45th anniversary graphics on the doors. In an interesting twist, the “45” numbers aren’t painted; instead, they expose the woven pattern of the carbon fiber used in each door. The interior remains a gutted, business-oriented affair, though GT3 45th Anniversary models do receive one convenience-oriented feature: a second carbon fiber-shelled seat, allowing a passenger to ride shotgun during hot laps. Six-point harnesses are trimmed in silver, as is the steering wheel. Special badges applied to the seatbacks and center console bear the car’s sequence number. Mechanically, the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary Edition is no different than any other SLS AMG GT3. A big, brutal 6.2-liter V-8 cranks out over 600 hp, and drives the rear axle by way of a six-speed sequential manual transmission. On the plus side, AMG says the engine’s assembly and installation will be managed to by none other than Bernd Schneider, five-time DTM champion and AMG brand ambassador. Buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity signed by Schneider, and if so desired, additional driver training at the AMG Driving Academy. Want one? Prepare to pony up a princely sum. At roughly $515,000 SLS AMG GT3s aren’t cheap in the first place, but the 45th Anniversary models should fetch at least $579,000 in Germany, including VAT. Source: Mercedes-Benz

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Specifications

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Engine
6.2L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
14 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
20 MPG
Horsepower:
563 hp @ 6800rpm
Torque:
479 ft lb of torque @ 4750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD
  • Navigation
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
50,000 miles / 48 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 999 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
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IIHS Rear Crash
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IIHS Roof Strength
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