Mercedes Benz has finally revealed the much anticipated SLS AMG Roadster, and it looks set to give drivers a thrilling open-top experience.
It keeps the same 6.2-litre V8 engine and gearbox as the normal coupe, which means 571 hp and 650 Nm (479 lb ft) of torque, which is channeled through a seven-speed double-clutch transaxle. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 3.8 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 198mph (317 km/h).
All the engines are hand-built at AMG’s Affalterbach workshop, with each unit built by one person - sticking to their “one man, one engine” slogan. The engine meets Euro-5, LEV 2, and ULEV emission standards, and has a combined fuel consumption figure 13.2 litres while emitting 308 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
Obviously there are no more gullwing doors, but the new soft-top roof opens and closes in 11 seconds, and can be operated at speeds of up to 50 km/h (just over 30 mph). The Roadster weighs 1660 kg, making it 40 kg heavier than the coupe.
The Roadster comes equipped with five-twin-spoke wheels as standard, while a set of ten-spoke wheels are optional – both measure 19 inches at the front, and 20 inches at the back. Carbon ceramic brakes can also be had as an option.
Optional comfort features include AMG Performance Media (a system a little similar to the Nissan GT-R’s Multi-function display), Bang & Olufsen speaker system, AIRSCARF (a heating system with vents in the headrest), and high-speed mobile internet access.
Order books for the SLS AMG Roadster are open, while market launches will begin in the Autumn. The price is €195,160 including 19% VAT.