• Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz
  • Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz
  • Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz
  • Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz
It's official, folks: 2014 will be the last year for the stunning Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The gull-winged supercar first hit the scene in 2009, and it's seen its fair share of upgrades and special editions, but the best is yet to come. Mercedes-Benz has announced the SLS AMG GT Final Edition, which will debut at the LA Auto Show, with a limited run of 350 units.

This will be the last time customers will have the chance to sample the 6.3-liter V8 engine and its 591 horsepower in this iconic coupe, which almost makes us shed a collective tear. There aren't any specific indications as to what will make the GT Final Edition special, but Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, does say it will be the "ultimate, particularly attractive variant of our super sports car."

Scroll down for the complete press release, which reaffirms the brand's intentions to also show its new Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG simultaneously in Tokyo, below.
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S 65 AMG and SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION in Tokyo and Los Angeles: Double world premiere for Mercedes-AMG

Affalterbach/Tokyo/Los Angeles, Nov 15, 2013
Two motor shows, two new AMG high-performance vehicles: Mercedes-AMG is presenting the S 65 AMG and the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION simultaneously at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show (both from 20 November to 1 December 2013).

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH says "The two new AMG high-performance vehicles represent the spectacular next level for our exciting model array. The S 65 AMG stands for maximum exclusiveness and the unparalleled dynamism of a V12. With the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION we are showing an ultimate, particularly attractive variant of our super sports car."

Twelve cylinders, biturbocharging, an output of 463 kW(630 hp) and torque of 1000 Nm – the new Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG sets new standards. These figures enable the S 65 AMG to outperform all other models in its segment. This superiority is highlighted by the car's performance: the S 65 AMG accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

Compared with the predecessor, fuel consumption has been reduced by 2.4 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC, combined). With fuel consumption of 11.9 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined), the new S 65 AMG is the world's most fuel-efficient V12 high-performance saloon in terms of power and torque. The range-topping 12-cylinder model already meets the requirements of the EU6 emissions standard, which is not due to come into force until 2015.

Key data at a glance:

S 65 AMG

5980 cc

463 kW (630 hp) at 4800-5400 rpm

Max. torque
1000 Nm at 2300-4300 rpm

Fuel consumption, NEDC combined
11.9 l/100 km

CO2 emissions
279 g/km

Acceleration 0-100 km/h
4.3 s

Top speed
250 km/h*
* Electronically limited

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC in the S 65 AMG has three individual transmission modes, which can be selected at the press of a button in the centre console: Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M). The ECO start/stop function is always activated in "C" mode.
Like the S 63 AMG, the S 65 AMG features a lithium-ion battery. This innovative technology offers numerous advantages over a conventional battery concept: with a capacity of 78 Ah, the lithium-ion battery replaces both the starter battery and the backup battery – resulting in a weight saving of over 20 kilograms.

AMG sports suspension with MAGIC BODY CONTROL
The S 65 AMG features as standard the AMG sports suspension based on MAGIC BODY CONTROL. The new S-Class is the first car in the world which is able to recognise road surface undulations in advance. If ROAD SURFACE SCAN detects such undulations with the help of the stereo camera, MAGIC BODY CONTROL adjusts the suspension in advance to suit the situation. The "Comfort" and "Sport" modes are available for a driver-defined suspension setup.

AMG forged wheels, AMG ceramic braking system optionally available
The S 65 AMG is available exclusively with AMG forged light-alloy wheels. In the standard specification, the S 65 AMG is fitted with multi-spoke light-alloy wheels in sizes 8.5 x 20 (front) and 9.5 x 20 (rear), and tyres in sizes 255/40 R 20 and 285/35 R 20 respectively. As an alternative to the AMG high-performance composite braking system, for the first time the S 65 AMG is optionally available with an AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system.

Design and equipment: dynamic, exclusive and premium quality
Luxurious and stately, powerful and exclusive, dynamic and prestigious – the S 65 AMG is a true eye-catcher with a self-assured presence. High-gloss chrome: on the S 65 AMG this design element makes a real impact, adorning the V12 radiator grille, louvres and flics (aerodynamic elements), the front splitter, the side sill panels, the rear diffuser and the twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system. The interior is characterised by an exceptional ambience coupled with exquisite, premium-quality materials – for example manifested in the exclusive nappa leather upholstery with seat upholstery layout featuring an exclusive diamond design and sophisticated delineated perforations. Further AMG equipment features include a sports steering wheel, the instrument cluster and the high-quality IWC-designed analogue clock.

Head-up display and touchpad as standard
Two new innovative developments are fitted in the S 65 AMG as standard: the head-up display projects important information, such as vehicle speed, speed limits, navigation information, traffic signs and information from DISTRONIC PLUS onto the windscreen. The new, innovative touchpad makes it significantly easier to operate the radio, telephone and navigation system. The input area is integrated into the handrest with a cover for the keypad. The head-up display and touchpad are standard features.

Saving the best for last: SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION
The SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION brings an impressive era to an end. The FINAL EDITION model, built in a limited run of just 350 units, represents the last opportunity for customers to order a SLS AMG – while at the same time reflecting the unrivalled success story and unique scope offered by the first vehicle to be completely built by Mercedes-AMG. The super sports car, with its 435 kW (591 hp) AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine, offers an exciting combination of truly exceptional design and equipment features. Ever since it was presented in 2009 the SLS AMG has been an icon of the Mercedes-Benz brand and is highly sought-after around the world. Thanks to the wide variety of models – from a gullwing model to the roadster, GT, the Black Series, an electric drive and its success in motorsport as the GT3 variant – the SLS AMG has become ever more attractive and is now one of the legendary dream cars from the brand with the star.

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