Confirmed: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Pics Aplenty Inside

Mercedes-Benz has finally launched the SLS AMG, a model developed in-house that is said to represent a "perfect synthesis of the strengths of the Mercedes-Benz and AMG brands," as the German automaker mentioned in a statement for the press. Often referred to as "Gullwing", the new model is expected to arrive in spring 2010.

Now let's review some of the most important characteristics of the car. First of all, the engine. The SLS AMG comes with an AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine that produces a maximum power of 420 kW/571 hp at 6800 rpm, with a power-to-weight ratio of 2.84 kg/hp. The eight-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine develops a maximum torque of 650 Nm at 4750 rpm and helps the car accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in no less than 3.8 seconds, while maximum speed is rated at 315 km/h.

The SLS AMG also incorporates an ultra-light carbon-fiber driveshaft at the rear axle, with the transmission mounted at the rear and connected to the engine housing via a torque tube. Mercedes claims the transmission boasts fairly quick gear changes with no loss of tractive force, thus supporting the aforementioned high engine performance.

Such a high power would obviously require high-performance composite brakes all-round. The optional ceramic composite brakes with larger brake discs are capable of operating at very high temperatures while reducing the overall weight by about 40 percent.

"Mercedes-Benz is presenting an exhilarating super sports car in the guise of the new SLS AMG, which is bound to set the pulses of all car enthusiasts racing that extra bit faster. The SLS AMG is emotion pure and simple for the Mercedes-Benz brand and is set to become one of the most alluring sports cars of our era", says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
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