Mercedes-Benz has updated the SLS AMG, boosting the output of its 6.2-liter V8 engine and improving its suspension setup, thereby enhancing the car's dynamics and making it perform even better on the track.
Now known as the SLS AMG GT, this updated model replaces the standard SLS AMG, and it can easily be distinguished from its predecessor thanks to its darkened headlamps and taillights, red-painted brake calipers, the high-gloss finish on the wing-shaped cross fins and star recess in the radiator grille, exterior mirrors, and the fins on the hood and wings. And then there are the letters "GT" appended to the AMG logo on the right of the trunk lid.
Although the SLS AMG GT makes use of the same 6.2-liter V8 engine used by the regular SLS, its output has been bumped to 583hp, 20hp more than the 563hp produced by the standard model. Torque output, though, remains at 650Nm.
The SLS AMG GT also retains the same seven-speed Speedshift dual-clutch transmission, giving the car a 0-100kph sprint time of 3.7 seconds and letting it pull up to 200kph in 11.2 seconds before it reaches its electronically limited top speed of 320kph.
The car also received upgrades in the form of the newly developed AMG ride-control performance suspension led by its twin aluminum wishbone and stiffer spring and damper tuning.
"The new SLS AMG GT demonstrates the sort of potential which lies in AMG's super sports cars,” said Tobias Moers, board member and head of overall vehicle development for Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “With its even higher levels of performance, the SLS AMG GT excites out on the racetrack in particular by providing an emotionally enjoyable and passionate driving experience."
To be made available as either a roadster or a coupe, the SLS AMG GT will officially go on sale in October 2012.