Mercedes-Benz unveiled its 2013 SLS AMG GT in Affalterbach, an occasion that signals the end of the original SLS AMG Coupe of 2010 and its Roadster compadre of 2011. Talk about short shelf life.

Just as McLaren has recently done with the MP4-12C, upgrading the car shortly after start of deliveries by getting it even closer to exactly what they and their clients had in mind, AMG has added 20 horsepower to the sexy gullwing rig, which now reaches 583 horsepower at 6,800 rpm. Beyond that, a more rigid setup for the springs and dampers that form the AMG Adaptive Performance Suspension has been applied to the chassis, the seven-speed AMG dual-clutch transmission has had its ECU software livened up, there is more natural exhaust roar and the 6.2-liter V8's responses have been beefed up with throttle calibration changes, injection mapping upgrades and work done on the exhaust system. There are even more leather options.

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As in McLaren's case where it wanted to solve certain lingering damnings of faint praise, so Mercedes-AMG wanted to dial this monster in to make it more monstrous. AMG chairman Ola Källenius tells us that a lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the existing SLS AMG coupe comes in at right around 7:35, and that the SLS AMG GT does the same in a tick under 7:30. Quoted acceleration is now 3.6 seconds for the hardtop GT versus the currently snail-like (yes, that's a joke) 3.7 seconds.

The crucial part, though, is simply that the ride and handling and gear play are more crisp and satisfying going into, through and out of curves in the 3,573-pound rocket. According to various AMG technical bosses, the DCT tranny's ongoing challenges have had to do with a less than ideal ECU and software setup from development partner Conti. They assure us that now things are noticeably more in line, especially with the unit's downshifting behavior.



Tires remain 265/35 ZR19 98Y in front and 295/30 ZR20 101Y in back and are of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport variety, while carbon ceramic brakes remain a $12,500 option.

The SLS AMG GT coupe and roadster start U.S. deliveries in November of this year and prices for both should perk up some $5,000 – roughly $195,000 for the coupe and cresting the $200,000 mark for the better (in our opinion) Roadster. You can also check a whole slew of new images of both the coupe and roadster in our gallery above.


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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can someone clarify something that's bugged me for a while? Why exactly does this car have 6.3 on the fender (and has for two years, IIRC) when it's powered by a 6.2L V8? It's displacement is 6208 cm3, so it doesn't even round up to 6.3. I guess the same goes for the C, E, S, CLS, CL, etc... Am I missing something?
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Nevermind, I found the answer... and it's pretty silly for 8 cubic centimeters. :-X
          Dwight Bynum Jr.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          ^ Er, yeah... that. Sorry, I was running on 3 hours of sleep. :)
          Dwight Bynum Jr.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          ^ Eh, not really. A 4951cc engine rounds up to 5.0 pretty easily. The AMG 6208 cc engine is almost a full liter shy of the 6.3 mark though...
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a pretty impressive time considering the car. Keep in mind that sub 7:30s still puts it near the original time set when the ZR1 first came out, and this was done by a heavier car with less power and narrower tires. Bravo Mercedes.
      Dante
      • 2 Years Ago
      And the GT-R car is still 8 seconds faster around the Ring.
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dante
        God, you are the reason I wish the GT-R was never released. Because since, it has created such an annoying trolling fan-base all over the internet, that it's nearly impossible to mention any quick luxury car without getting some dumb pubescent teen who probably still lives at home with his parents and drives their Toyota Corolla going "Derp derp, but the GT-R blah blah blah". Do everyone a favor and STFU. There's more to a car than how fast it gets around a turn. Yes, even in a Supercar which it's primary focus is exactly that.
          Agilis
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          This... +1 + the number of dumb pubescent teens who have boasted about the 'not worth it' GTR!
        Patrick Schultz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dante
        What's your point? this has nothing to do with the gt-r
          Cesar Garcia Jr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Patrick Schultz
          Why else mention the ring time then?
          Patrick Schultz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Patrick Schultz
          because they were showing the improvement over the old sls, its not that difficult to figure out
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dante
        and?! those cars are hardly in the same league lol
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty good. Only have another 20 seconds to go to beat the Viper.
      mikelee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay . . . so? It's still a very ugly car(!)
      Agilis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry, for a car at that price range, I want the car to look sexier, better lines, and more exotic. This thing and the gull wing doors screams tool bag.
      AddLightness
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it, especially the Mazda taillights lol
      David J. Bernstein
      • 2 Years Ago
      People here are acting as if they'd turn down an SLS AMG if it were GIVEN TO THEM FREE OF CHARGE. What a bunch of BS. Sounding tough over the internet is easy, but when you're given an expensive and capable sports car like this none of you would turn it down. The folks buying this car have money and taste and have possibly owned super cars / exotics in the past. They're looking for something stylish, fast and fun (with a sexy engine note) and the SLS offers all of this. Do they care about the track handling abilities? Hardly. They might drive their SLS on the track one day but purely for fun, not for competitive reasons. If I had an SLS I'd be cruising around town showing it off and having my fun driving my girlfriend around in it. I'd hit some backroads to have some more fun but I wouldn't take it to the track all the time. Track driving to me is purely for my personal fun, not competing with others. It's good to know that the SLS AMG GT is a capable track car. Everything else, like the track times it puts out, depends on the skill and experience of the driver behind the wheel plus a number of other factors (thinness of the air, the tires, amount of fuel on board [weight] etc.).
        MyerShift
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David J. Bernstein
        I would get rid of it and get something I would prefer ASAP.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, intake, exhaust, and a tune. It looks fine, but the longer it's in production is loses more of the mystique that it had when released.
      Carac
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not feeling the blacked out trim and headlight surrounds, makes the car look cheaper/dirty (not the good dirty, just the "I havn't washed this...ever" dirty). Like the more classic bright aluminum of the 2011-2012 SLS.
        Carac
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carac
        Oh, and in the case of McLaren, they are giving the added horsepower and transmission software updates to existing customers for free, not so in this case.
        Carac
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carac
        At least they came to their senses with the US pricing. In Europe, the "GT" version is more than 20k Euro more expensive for blacked out trim and an ECU/TCU tune.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why can't people just read a piece and say something about the car it pertains to, rather than bring up some random car that has nothing to do with this?? All this talk of ZR1's, GT-R's, Vipers, etc makes you sound like an idiot. First off, none of those cars have the same mission statement as this car. Secondly, they collectively don't have half the class, panache, quality, or lineage of this car. Carry on. As for the car, one could hardly argue it needed upgrading. I think Mercedes knocked it out of the park with this car, even as it was. I'm willing to bet a lot of people bagging this thing haven't seen one in person. It is really, really ridiculously good looking. And it has a presence no Corvette or Viper can match. It really is the ultimate GT on the market, all things considered. Although I'll give credit to Aston Martin for their stunning Virage. This car just outguns it in the performance department.
      jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wonder why they aren't running @ Lemans (design not fast enough ?) BMW isn't either, didn't fare well last year.
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