This is one of those moments when we hate to see it leave, but we love to see it go. The subject at hand is, of course, the brilliantly brutal Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the first vehicle developed fully by AMG. Last week we learned that Mercedes will cease to produce the company's flagship sportscar and send it off with a limited-edition model, the SLS AMG GT Final Edition. Mercedes will only produce 350 units, including coupe and roadster variants, and once that run is over, it'll be over for good. At least it's making way for a new AMG-developed sportscar that'll be introduced next year...

But back to the car at hand. The Final Edition doesn't get increased output (a la the 622-horsepower SLS AMG Black Series), so the standard 583-horsepower 6.3-liter V8 will do. It does get some fancy exterior visual and aerodynamic upgrades, such as an exposed carbon-fiber hood, front splitter and fixed rear spoiler. At full throttle, the SLS AMG GT Final Edition accelerates from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds, and, as it continues to drive away at full bore, it'll see 124 mph in 11.2 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 197 mph.

AMG added forged alloy wheels to the car, and customers will be able to choose between two color schemes: polished, high-sheen wheel faces with matte-black inlays or all matte black. Mercedes will offer optional tires developed specially for Mercedes-AMG that improve steering precision and grip, for those who want a performance edge.

Check out the photo gallery from the LA Auto Show to see the coupe, then head over to the other gallery for some shots of the roadster (which made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show) and the interior. Feel free to peruse the press release below for more details.
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The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition

The ultimate super sports car

November 20, 2013 - Affalterbach

the grand finale: the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION brings an impressive era to an end in exclusive style. The FINAL EDITION model, built in a limited run of just 350 units globally, represents the last oppor-tunity for customers to order a SLS AMG GT – while at the same time re-flecting 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 583 hp AMG 6.3 -liter V8 front -mid engine, offers a fascinating combination of truly exceptional design and equipment features while exclusively developed optional Cup tires enhance its dynamic performance.

The SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION is celebrating its twin world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show (both: November 20 to December 1, 2013). The market launch will begin in March 2014 and the super sports car will be available as either a Coupé or a Roadster and once 350 units have been built, production of the SLS AMG model series will come to an end.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: "As the first car to be completely developed by AMG, the SLS AMG marked the beginning of a new era for our company. And now, in the form of the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION, we are offering our customers one final and extremely attractive variant of our super sports car. With its numerous carbon fiber-look body components, a further optimised aerodynamic balance and optional optional optional optional Cup tires, the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION has the absolute potential to fascinate."

Exterior with exclusive exposed carbon fiber hood and rear spoiler

The special design of the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION ensures that it stands out in visual terms: the exposed carbon fiber hood with central air outlet, the carbon fiber front splitter on the front apron, the fixed carbon fiber rear spoiler that is reminiscent of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series and the exclusive AMG forged light-alloy wheels make it a real head-turner. Particularly in conjunction with the designo magno graphite matte paintwork that has been adopted from the SLS AMG GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY" collector's model race car. In addition to the carbon fiber components, the unique design AMG forged wheels have a distinctly aggressive flair. To add to the visual impression when seen from behind, the struts of the rear apron are finished in high-gloss black.

The new aerodynamic components which are comprised of an exposed carbon fiber hood, a carbon fiber rear spoiler and a carbon fiber front splitter all function to increase downforce on both the front and the rear axles. As on the SLS AMG Coupe Black Series and the SLS AMG GT3, the carbon fiber hood of the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION features a functional central air outlet. Apart from effectively dissipating engine heat, this outlet also increases downforce at the front axle and improves the Cd value. The engineers at AMG have utilized the vacuum effect to deliver the double benefit of dissipating the hot air from the engine compartment at the same time as drawing up the cool airflow from the vehicle's underbody. The optimised aerodynamic balance not only improves the car's potential on the racing circuit, but also contributes to handling safety.

AMG forged wheels and newly developed Cup tires

The exclusive design of the AMG forged wheels on the Final Edition are available in two color variants: inlayed in matte black with the spokes and rim flange in a high-sheen finish or completely painted matte black highlighted by a pencil thin high-sheen rim flange. Red-painted brake callipers provide an emotional and attractive contrast. New "Dunlop Sport Maxx Race" Cup tires in size 265/35 R 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 (rear) are available on request as a no-cost option. These Cup tires have been exclusively developed for Mercedes- AMG, and not only do they improve steering precision: they also increase grip. The SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION further lends itself for high-performance driving on private or closed-off circuits.

AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine producing 583 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque

Opening the exposed carbon-fiber hood reveals the front mid-mounted AMG 6.3-liter V8 power unit set low down and well to the back. With an output of 583 hp at 6800 rpm and maximum torque of 479 lb-ft of torque at 4750 rpm, the high-revving eight-cylinder engine guarantees dynamic driving at its finest.

The SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and can reach 124 mph in 11.2 seconds. The top speed is 197 mph (electronically limited).

Fast-reacting, variable and emotionally exciting – the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission proves to be the perfect match for the V8 naturally aspirated engine. With four shift programs, RACE START and an automatic double-declutching function, the dual-clutch transmission mounted in a transaxle configuration on the rear axle brings with it the perfect prerequisites for top performance. The particularly dynamic shift characteristics, and the shorter reaction time when selecting gears manually, enhance the emotional experience for the driver. The AMG Adaptive Performance Suspension with variable, electronically controlled damping, includes the "Sport" and "Sport plus" modes.

Interior with designo Exclusive leather in a diamond pattern

It is not only the exterior design and the engineering of the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION that will satisfy the most discerning of tastes, but also the interior: the high-quality ambience is characterised above all by the striking designo Exclusive leather in a diamond-stitch pattern that is used to upholster the center panels of both the seats and the doors. Contrasting topstitching in silver coordinates perfectly with the black leather upholstery, the silver seat belts and the black floor mats edged in silver leather. High gloss carbon fiber trim comes as standard.

A particularly exclusive detail is the "AMG FINAL EDITION - 1 of 350" badge on the carbon fiber center console. A further high-quality detail of the dashboard is the unique "3D seam": a fine strip of Alcantara® set into the leather-covered upper dashboard. This high level of attention to detail is a signature hallmark of Mercedes-AMG. Contrasting topstitching skilfully handworked in silver adds the finishing touch to the 3D seam, underlining the craftsmanship involved. The AMG Performance steering wheel in Alcantara® with a silver 12 o'clock marking features high-gloss black metal inserts which match the high-gloss black surrounds of the air vents. The sports seats feature an embossed AMG crest in the head restraints.

Additional attractive optional AMG extras (selection):

- Carbon Fiber Exterior Mirror Covers
- Carbon Fiber Engine Compartment Covers
- Extended Interior Carbon Fiber package (additional carbon-fiber trim on seat backrest and side, as well as door sill panels)
- AMG Carbon-Ceramic High-Performance braking system
- AMG Performance Media
- Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG surround sound system

Tremendous variety, terrific success story

Whether Coupé, Roadster, GT, Black Series, Electric Drive, the GT3 racing version, the new FINAL EDITION or – last not least – the Official F1® Safety Car in the Formula 1® World Championship: the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has been causing a stir since 2009. The output of the models with road-going approval ranges from 563 hp to 740 hp.

The super sports car celebrated its world premiere in its Coupé guise at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main in September 2009, with the market launch taking place in the spring of 2010. The spectacular gull-wing model was followed in 2011 by the SLS AMG Roadster and the customer-sport racing model, the SLS AMG GT3. With various titles in international championships such as the ADAC GT Masters, the FIA GT3 European Championship and the FIA GT1 World Championship, as well as over 100 victories in race series on five continents, the racing version of the gull-wing model has impressively demonstrated its extraordinary performance. In particular, long-distance successes in the Bathurst 12-hour race and the 24-hour races in Dubai, at the Nürburgring, in Spa-Francorchamps and in Barcelona have spectacularly confirmed the competitiveness of the racing gull-wing model. In 2013 alone, the SLS AMG GT3 2013 thus claimed the "grand slam" of classic GT3 long-distance races, with four victories in succession. In the hotly contested Blancpain Endurance Series, the SLS AMG GT3 similarly won the championship title in 2013.

Since early 2010 the SLS AMG has also been ensuring safety in Formula 1, the ultimate motor racing series, as the Official F1® Safety Car. The FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX in September 2012 saw the SLS AMG GT take over this role.

In June 2013 came the market launch of the two most powerful variants: the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series with 622 hp and the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive with 740 hp.

SLS AMG now already a classic of the future

Since its world premiere in 2009 the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has won numerous awards of international significance. Not least on the basis of its breathtaking design and acknowledged superb driving dynamics, the super sports car from Mercedes-AMG is today already deemed to be a classic of the future.


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      • 1 Year Ago
      Truly a modern classic.
      d.hollywood
      • 1 Year Ago
      A most prominent place in my all time fantasy garage.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      RomanM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Eh, this thing got boring fast. The gullwing on this thing looks more like a gimmick, car looks better with regular doors! Which is so unlike the original classic, that car is timeless. For that kinda money I'd rather get an R8, or an entry level Ferrari. Even the 10 yr old SLR looks better than this. Now don't get me wrong, it is a gorgeous car, but I think for that kind of money it needs to be better.
      rubley00
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good riddance, the SLS is hideous
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I always thought this thing looks like a bar of soap with a giant blingly star on the front. After seeing a few in person I admit it does have presence, but I still can't call it pretty. It's kind of like the SL but cleaner. Both have presence and bling, but aren't exactly graceful.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      "This is one of those moments when we hate to see it leave, but we love to see it go." Geez that's bad. Why not add a little flare to the writing instead of this clunky, impotent sentence. Here are some ideas: "The Mercedes-Benz SLS is a lot like my wife: gorgeous when arrives, and glorious when it leaves." Or: "The SLS AMG GT is the last iteration of a modern classic. It was brilliant when it arrived, like sunrise after a stormy night, but now? After 6 years of solid performance and now a handful of upgrades, the GT is nothing more than celestial."
      Trent
      • 1 Year Ago
      Timeless. I hope to own a used model.
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm still a huge fan of exposed carbon fiber, but that hood is kinda "JDM" looking I think.