Weighing in at over 3500 pounds, the Mercedes SLS Gullwing and its ragtop sibling definitely have a lot of mass to balance out on the racetrack. Even so, anyone who has ever driven an SLS is usually amazed at how it seemingly defies physics corner after corner, thanks in part to the adept suspension tuning performed by AMG. But the folks at Affalterbach have another trick up their sleeves for 2012: the new Ride Control suspension system.
Ride Control uses electronically controlled dampers with three settings: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. According to AMG, “electromagnetically actuated valves in the shock absorbers control the oil flow between the lower and upper chamber” depending on road conditions and selected mode. Drivers can further fine tune the Gullwing and roadster’s behavior with four transmission modes: “C” (controlled efficiency), “S” (sport), “S+” (sport plus), and “M” (manual). The Ride Control system also has the ability to store driver settings. Ride Control is an added option (on top of the “basic” AMG suspension or AMG Performance suspension) and is priced at 2320.20 British pounds (U.S. dollar price tag to be announced).
The 2012 SLS AMG also gets a few new look-good options — 10-spoke forged wheels, finished in matte black and glossy rim flange, red-painted brake calipers, and two AMG-exclusive paint colors, Sepang brown metallic and high-gloss black. Finally, Blind Spot Assist will now be offered as an option, which really should be standard equipment given the SLS’ high belt line and small back window that robs valuable visibility.