NYIAS 2011: Mercedes SLS AMG Gulf Livery [Live Photos]
Mercedes Benz has brought to the second major American auto show a very special version of its SLS AMG. A special version that changes nothing when it comes to the propulsion means of the model, but changes everything when it comes to the feel you get while looking at it.
For those of us that haven't been around in the glory days of racing, Gulf livery doesn't mean much. Three to four decades ago, however, Gulf livery, a combination of blue with orange trim, began standing for racing, smoking tires and lots and lots of horses. In today's world, we can't think of a better model than the SLS AMG to wear these colors.
As you know, the SLS AMG packs under the hood a 6.3l V8 front mid engine, capable of developing 571 horsepower (420 kW) at 6800 rpm and a maximum torque of 650 Nm at 4,750 rpm. With the help of the seven-speed double-clutch transmission, the supercar can reach 62 mph from a standstill in 3.8 seconds and keep on accelerating until it reaches 315 km/h (195 mph).
Usually, the color range for the new Gullwing includes nine exclusive paint finishes, highlighted by the AMG ALU-BEAM silver paintwork. There's no word from Mercedes yet whether the Gulf livery will become the tenth color choice.
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