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2012 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS Roadster - Click above for high-res image gallery

Our man Chris Paukert had a layover in Germany this weekend on his way to the Geneva Motor Show that included a visit to the headquarters of AMG in Affalterbach. While there, a prototype SLS AMG Roadster made a suspiciously timed pass and pause while he and other journalists were walking around the compound. No matter the motivation, our man Paukert snagged a brace of shots and says that the droptop is expected to arrive as a 2012 model.

Aside from the folding top in place of the upward swinging gullwing doors, not much else is expected to change. Paukert got off-the-record confirmation from a company official, however, that the roadster will not immediately receive the new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 that is going into the 2011 S63 sedan. Instead, it will carry over the 563-horsepower, normally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 already on sale in the coupe.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Mr. Paukert - You are one lucky man.

      (Think Napoleon D.) Lucky. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure it'd be possible to keep gullwing doors on a convertible.

      (I can visualize it, but it's tough to explain.)

      Imagine the way a scissor door bumps out a bit before going up, now make that suicide-style, so it's hinging at the rear and opening up a scosche from the front. Now that entire door assembly is on an arm that connects to a sort of "spine-hinge" near shoulder level between the two occupants of the car. The door would pivot around that spine, maintaining the gullwing look without the top of the door being necessary.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow. Reading back through that... it probably doesn't make any sense. Sorry peeps.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But look where the door handle is located in the spy shots! @ conventional spot, unlike the SLS coupe, which has door handles @ the lower portion of the door.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are these guys for real? Mercedes product planners are idiots(!). I mean, really, do you need to camoflauge this car when it's - OBVIOUSLY - the convertible version of the exact same vehicle? Does a convertible top REALLY need to be hidden from view? Oh gee . . . maybe someone will see the car that any idiot can chop the top with photoshop and get the exact same look. Come on Mercedes, get into the real world!