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National Geographic to Show How the Mercedes Benz SLS Is Made

Following the Dodge Challenger, Maserati GranTurismo and Dodge Viper, the fourth installment of the latest Ultimate Factories series created by National Geographic Channel brings us to Germany. More specifically we get to see the stunning SLS AMG getting assembled at a factory of Mercedes Benz in Stuttgart.

A team from the renowned channel takes us inside Merc’ largest German factory to see what it takes to build the 571 hp Mercedes SLS. As is the case with most modern cars, computers control everything in a Mercedes with more than a mile of wiring in each car.

Building the supercar is no easy task, as the fastest Mercedes to date tops out at 197 mph (317 km/h). It takes some of the best engineers in the world about 15 hours to mold a light yet strong frame for the supercar.

The SLS is the first vehicle entirely designed by AMG and is produced in limited numbers. It features Gullwing doors and is equipped with an AMG 6.3-liter, front-mid V8 engine that develops 563 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. A new AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission takes care of power transfer. The dual-clutch transmission offers the driver a choice of four different driving modes: "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport plus) or "M" (Manual) along with a RACESTART function.

For now we can only share two long teaser videos with you, which should give you some idea of what the show will be about. We would also like to remind you not to miss the full episode today, as this promises to be a really good one!


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