Mercedes-Benz announces 2013 SLS AMG GT

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG arrived in 2010 as a 2011 model to replace the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and it appears the SLS AMG will soon be succeeded itself. A new version of the SLS AMG called the SLS AMG GT is scheduled to arrive for the 2013 model year and boasts more power, a recalibrated transmission and a revised suspension. The SLS AMG GT  is expected to arrive in Canada later this year to coincide with the American introduction planned for November.

Available both as a Coupe and a Roadster, the 2013 SLS AMG GT features a 6.2-litre V8 engine that generates 583 horsepower, which is 20 more horsepower than the outgoing model. Torque output remains unchanged at 479 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired to an AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed transmission with new gear change logic and optimized transmission control, helping to shorten reaction times during gear changes. The SLS AMG GT's 0-100 km/h acceleration time is claimed to be 3.7 seconds, and its top speed is electronically limited to 320 km/h.

The SLS AMG GT also comes equipped with a newly-developed AMG Adaptive Performance Suspension with stiffer spring and damper tuning compared to the outgoing 2012 model. The new system dispenses with "Comfort" mode and features only "Sport" and "Sport plus" modes. Sport mode is optimized for undulating road surfaces and routes requiring more suspension travel, while Sport plus mode features higher damping forces and uses control algorithms adjusted for a sportier driving style on level road surfaces.
Styling differences between the SLS AMG GT and its predecessor include darkened headlights and taillight lenses, red-painted brake calipers and a high-gloss black finish for the side mirrors, hood fins and fender fins. The SLS AMG GT rides on 10-spoke AMG forged light-alloy wheels that measure 19-inches up front and 20-inch wheels at the back.

Inside, the SLS AMG GT features sport seats covered in designo leather with Alcantara centre sections, and Alcantara is also used on the door panels and steering wheel side grips. Both the leather and Alcantara trim are contrasted by red seat belts, red trimmed floor mats and red stitching on the seats, centre console, dashboard and door panels.

"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 race track in particular by providing an emotionally enjoyable and passionate driving experience."
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Mercedes-Benz, SLS AMG GT, 2013, Supercar, Coupe, Roadster,

Organizations: Mercedes-Benz

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