• Sep 8th 2009 at 8:28PM
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2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Click above for an image gallery

Despite an achingly long roll-out, the first cracks in the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG dam have begun to appear, courtesy of CarPoint.

Due to be revealed at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show, the 300SL-inspired "Gullwing" is packing a front/mid-mounted version of the venerable 6.3-liter V8 fitted to the majority of AMG's offerings, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox channeling 563 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Weight is pegged at around 3,500 pounds, allowing the SLS to run from a rest to 60 in 3.7 seconds. Top speed is 197 mph and optional carbon ceramic discs should bring the party to a halt with supreme authority.

Although we've seen an endless string of spy shots of the SLS over the past year, we finally get a clear view of its upright fascia, drawn headlamps and curvaceous rump that draws a few cues from the departed McMerc and modern M-Bs.

Color choices will include Alubeam Silver, Syvanite Grey, Alanite Grey and red, complimenting the leather and alcantara interior and ten-spoke forged wheels. Production will begin in late 2010 with sales starting the following year, and early pricing suggests a €177,310 MSRP in Germany. Get your first eye-full in the gallery below before all the official details are delivered next week.

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[Source: CarPoint]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      best view of any production car, period. too bad the rear ruins it
      • 6 Years Ago
      This needs a Facebook fan page!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love it. Everything the SLR McLaren should have been from the get-go. This is a classy exotic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a BIG Honda s2000 with a HUGE Mercedes badge!?!?!

      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll provide the initial dissent. While I am sure this is an amazing vehicle, I can't find anything outside of the basic proportions that is particularly attractive. The lower body is rather boxy, the roorline boring, the rear looks like it belongs on a much less expensive car and the face is way to busy with it's six separate intakes. In addition that center console looks like it was designed by Chrysler's group.

      Just first impressions.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm in the same boat. It's not an ugly car, but it really doesn't press any buttons for me. The proportions seem off, and the back end is out of place. I also agree on the center console looking like something from Chrysler.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm in with the dissenters....

        Chrysler Firepower, anybody?

        • 6 Years Ago
        @Typesbad - I am right there with you. Just ungainly proportions to me as well - it almost looks 'retro' but not in a good way IMHO.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I concur. This looks terrible in the photos.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm with you, Types. To me this looks like a photochop from a serious ADD sufferer.

        The term "mish mosh" comes to mind immediately...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The other problem is the cost and performance, it's going to cost more than the new McLaren and almost double the R8 V10 which provides the same performance, an interior which reflects it's price and more cohesive looks (whether or not you care for them is up to you but the body flows much much better).

        Don't get me wrong, I love the ol' gull-wing, but this one, it just doesn't look like a no expenses spared remake.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the front is OK (i feel like it has some slight similarities with GT-R???) but the rear half is quite "meh"
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's why many people say MB is for old rich people.
      • 6 Years Ago
      SLS in Sketching is much better. This one look like pieces of steel put together. lolz The headlight and taillight look beautiful, but what's with the roof and grill?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not a bad looking car, but it seems awfully formal...when you are spending this much on a sports car, there should be a bit more excitement and passion than is evident here. The roofline, in particular, belongs on a sedan instead of a supercar.

      That said, if they make a roadster/convertible version of this, it would help immensely. You would lose the gull-wings, but a car like this would visually come alive in top-down mode.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I actually quite like the front end, though if I squint I see a bit of RX8 in it. And whoever commented on the old Acura taillights...there was something about them I couldn't put my finger on it but you nailed it. The side profile and rear are so boring and bland, I wonder why they went with those cookie cutter headlights, I think they should have went with something round/oval. Porsche makes the nostalgia work, right?
      • 6 Years Ago
      A hideous pastiche in my view. Think I'll keep saving for the original!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I feel that the interior does not match the handsome exterior. I wish the interior looked more elegant, warm, and delicate. After all, that's what the driver will be looking at, sitting behind the dashboard.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a cross between a Viper and the old gullwing coupe.
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