Soft-top supercar will ditch gullwing doors
11 August 2009

This is the Mercedes SLS AMG convertible, which has begun testing ahead of an expected on-sale date in 2011 or 2012.

The soft-top will be powered by the same 563bhp 6.2-litre V8 with 479lb ft of torque as the coupe, which will be unveiled at this year's Frankfurt motor show and go on sale next year.

See the full Mercedes SLS AMG convertible spy photo gallery

Read our Mercedes SLS first drive

That should mean the Mercedes SLS AMG convertible records a 0-62mph time of around four seconds, up from the coupe's 3.8s, because of the roof mechanism and the extra body strengthening.

The pictures clearly show that the Mercedes SLS convertible has traditional door openings as opposed to the gullwing doors of the coupe.

The 300SL, which is regarded as the SLS's spiritual predecessor, followed the same arrangement.

Prices for the convertible are expected to start at around £175,000, ten per cent higher than the coupe.

Twitter - follow autocar.co.uk

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    It's got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again