A factory tuned Mercedes-AMG SLS boasting a raft of detailed performance-enhancing solutions gained in part from the company’s successful customer team support engagement in GT racing. The SLS GT is an attempt to make Stuttgart’s traditionally configured front-engined/rear-wheel-drive supercar both a more potent track day tool and a more rewarding back road proposition.
The SLS AMG GT will briefly crown the Mercedes-AMG road car line-up. The gullwing coupé is set to carry a price tag of around £180,000 and the forthcoming roadster is tipped to arrive at £188,000 – in each case a £12,000 premium over the standard SLS. But with the even more extreme SLS Black Series nearing the end of its development period, the SLS GT's reign at the top of the German car maker’s line-up is likely to be short lived.
The SLS GT is outwardly distinguished from the standard SLS by its darkened headlight and tail light lens treatment, the high gloss finish to its grille, exterior mirror housing and bonnet fins, and red brake calipers. Inside, it receives lightly restyled instruments and a more a liberal covering of Alcantara.
Among the detailed mechanical changes over the standard SLS is a lightly fettled engine boasting improved breathing properties. The naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 kicks out an added 18bhp, with 581bhp developed at 6800rpm. Torque remains the same, swelling to 469lb ft at 4750rpm.