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Mercedes reveals the SLS AMG GT

More power for the Gullwing Supercar...

Mercedes has announced that the current SLS AMG is going to be replaces later this year with a new and improved version called the SLS AMG GT. Available in both Coupe and Roadster form, the GT is defined by an increased power output, improved transmission and suspension plus retrimmed interior.

While the majority of improvements focus on performance, exterior styling changes are minimal. They include dark tinted head and tail lights as well as red-painted brake calipers. The radiator grille frame, exterior mirrors and fin blades on the hood and wings get a high-gloss black finish while an AMG logo on the right of the luggage lid receives the added "GT" letters.

Thanks to a reprogrammed ECU, maximum power of the AMG 6.2 litre V8 is increased by 20 bhp to 583 bhp. The SLS AMG GT accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and onto 124 mph in 11.2 seconds. Top speed remains at 199 mph.

The AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed sports transmission has been optimized reducing gear shift reaction time significantly, particularly in manual mode when shifting gears on the steering wheel. This is good news, when we tested the SLS AMG we weren’t impressed by the ‘M’ mode, instead leaving it in automatic. The automatic double-declutching function when down shifting is also more pronounced.

Improvements to the electronically controlled AMG Ride Control Performance Suspension (previously named AMG Ride Control Sports Suspension) include double aluminium control arms in all four corners and stiffer spring/damper tuning. The "Comfort" mode setting has been deleted while "Sport" mode is recommended for every day driving with increased suspension travel. "Sport plus" provides the stiffest settings for driving on smooth and level road surfaces such as on track.

The interior in the SLS AMG GT has been completely re-upholstered with black leather and Alcantara contrasted with red stitching, red seat belts and red centre tab on the steering wheel in addition to glossy piano black AMG trim. Optionally available is the new AMG designo Exclusive STYLE leather which is characterized by a diamond design with contrasting stitching, with more colours available such as tan, beige, red and blue leather.

The SLS AMG GT will go on sale in Europe in October 2012. Prices have yet to be confirmed for the UK but in Germany it will cost €204,680 for the Coupe and €213,010 for the Roadster.

Images courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more