At the heart of every dyed-in-the-wool car nut is someone who loves gadgetry. Lately, automakers like Mercedes-Benz have been fueling that symbiotic passion with a host of incredible on-board technology integrations. The SLS AMG Roadster is the latest model to flex its technical muscles with the AMG Performance Media telemetry system. The kit uses the central Command display to serve up a variety of information, from G-force load on the vehicle to power data and, most importantly, track times. It's all very impressive, and Mercedes-Benz says that the tech will spread to the SLS AMG coupe for 2012. The rest of the AMG line won't be far behind.

Now, as much as we like our toys, we have to say that the only thing we're interested in on the instrument cluster while we're banging out a few hard laps is whether or not the engine is going to vomit out its guts before we make it to pit lane. Anything beyond a quick glance at oil pressure and coolant temp is time we're spending not lining up the next apex. Maybe things are different in a Mercedes-Benz supercar, but we doubt it. Hit the jump to check out the tech in action.



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      Joe Bo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ruined the video with the music. I want to hear the engine screaming not an orchestra.
      citidriver
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is great if you can download and analyze your performance over repeated trips to the same track. But I can't imagine sections of public roads being in the database so you can study your performance over those repeat drives. I see it as a tool to use post drive, a lot of this data is of low value (gas pedal amount?) in car during the drive.
      RWD
      • 3 Years Ago
      "At the heart of every dyed-in-the-wool car nut is someone who loves gadgetry." ...I'll have to agree to disagree on that one.
      SneakyPete
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh, more cr*p to take your eye away from Motorcyclists, Pedestrians and even that great big truc........
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SneakyPete
        This will only happen if you were an idiot who was using this technology on public roads. This technology is meant for the track.
      Mark
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is cool
      nattomethane
      • 3 Years Ago
      The idea is great, I had been waiting for long time for something like this, but...to be honest it doesn't look from Mercedes Benz / AMG, why? : The graphical interface (GA) is just not easy to read, why not project all those G forces on a 3D see through car, or up/side/front-back images; there are not vertical accelerometers!, GPS? . Hope they offer optional display modes. Again, the idea is good but at the present level of sophistication I don't think it can deliver productive data (to the pits?); may be it is intended just to re-play the run on a Play Station. I guess I was expecting a F-1 / black box grade stuff, I admit it, but anyways is a good start, hope many other makers catch on the idea.