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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Review


The Gullwing is Back

A three-quarter front view of a red 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

In short: An exciting new take on the classic Gullwing.

he Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG—the first car developed from the ground up by the maker's AMG subsidiary—blends retro styling with high-performance engineering to create a super fun supercar worthy of the elite SL title. Borrowing the gullwing doors and elongated body style of Mercedes' iconic 300SL, the SLS AMG possesses the exuberant character and charisma of its predecessor, with the added benefit of a 6.3-liter, 563-horsepower V8 engine capable of rocketing the sports coupe from 0 to 60 in a whiplash-inducing 3.6 seconds.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile drivetrain warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile corrosion warranty; 24-hour roadside assistance program

Base Price: $199,900 (est.)

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine: 6.3-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with port fuel injection
Horsepower: 563 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Torque: 479 lb-ft @ 4,750 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual

Curb weight:
3,573 lbs
Wheelbase: 105.5 in
Length/Width/Height: 182.6/76.3/49.7 in
Turning circle: 35.1 ft

4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS, electronic brake distribution and brake assist
Suspension: wishbone front and rear independent with stabilizer bars and coil springs

Traction: electronic traction control; 3-stage stability control with sport mode

0-60 mph: 3.5 seconds
Top Speed: 196 mph (governor limited)

EPA City:
13 mpg
EPA Highway: 20 mpg

driver and passenger front airbags with multi-stage deployment; driver and passenger knee airbags; front side curtain airbag; passenger occupant sensors


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