At least something is going right in the world when there's growing demand for twin-turbo V12 engines producing 621 horsepower. So to keep up with demand, Mercedes-AMG is expanding production to a new workshop in Mannheim, Germany.
For a division whose sole purpose is to remove the understatement from its parent company's cars, AMG headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany are nondescript. From the outside it might almost be easier to believe that the small complex makes spatulas or spreadsheets, as opposed to some of the world's most luxuriously brutish automotive machinery.
Our greedy automotive journalist hands are shaking because we've yet to get seat time in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. A few lucky folks outside of the company have gotten seat time, and it seems video of their excursions serve to make our jealousy meter ping harder into its stop. This time around, it's Jay Leno that's been given quality time with the drop-top exotic. Leno may think he's the first, but someone else beat him to the punch.
Unless you're into robot spotting, it doesn't take many factory tours before you punch the 'Been There Done That' card. Of course, there are exceptions, such as when AMG bundles tours of its Affalterbach facilities with excursions like jazz concerts, golf, and driving its growling wares over the rivers and through the mountains of Bavaria and Switzerland... or Hockenheim.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Safety Car live shots – Click above for high-res image gallery
2012 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS Roadster - Click above for high-res image gallery
2011 Mercedes-Benz S63 showcar – Click above for image gallery