The New SLS AMG Has Forged Wheels and More Power
The successful Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing super car has been upgraded by the German automaker and features a number of new components to make the drive even more exciting. The new model will be referred to as the SLS AMG GT from now on and boast 591 horsepower.
For the 2013 model year, the successful Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will move on to a new chapter, one that includes the “GT” moniker. The new car will now be known as the SLS AMG GT and comes with a host of upgrades to the suspension, engine, new forged wheels, and interior options for customers of the high-powered German super car.One of the most noticeable upgrades on the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT is the added power that the 6.2-liter V-8 sends to each of the rear forged wheels.
The previous models produced 563 bhp at 6,800 RPM and 480 lb-ft. of torque at 4,750 RPM; good enough to send the super car to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The new model utilizes the same engine, but this time the 6.2-liter V-8 has been given in-engine dethrottling and an increase in pressure to result in an astonishing 591 horsepower at 6,800 RPM and 497 lb-ft. at 4,750 RPM. This added power helps send the two-door super car to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and to an electronically limited top speed of 198.84 mph.
All of the 591 horses get sent through a retuned AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to each of the rear forged wheels. The rear-axle mounted transmission has been reprogrammed to shift even quicker in the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT model and all of the controls have been optimized. Upon downshifting, the engine will create a more pronounced jolt and loud burble from the tailpipes to create a more exciting driving experience.
Making sure that each of the forged wheels and performance tires are making proper contact with the road at all times on the SLS AMG GT is a new AMG Ride Control Performance Suspension. The new performance suspension system utilizes a complex setup that includes twin aluminum wishbones at all four corners and electronically controlled variable damping. The system analyzes data and adjusts the suspension instantly to reduce body roll. The standard mode for driving is “Sport” mode, which offers the most suspension travel for rougher roads. For a more performance oriented setup, drivers can switch to “Sport Plus” for more dynamic handling.
Much of the interior in the SLS AMG GT remains the same as the previous models. Mercedes-Benz is offering a wider range of leather and trims upgrades to make the cockpit more accommodating to passengers. In addition to the interior options, customers will be able to order a range of weight-optimized AMG forged wheels in 19- and 20-inch sizes.