Mercedes SLS-Class

Mercedes SLS-Class

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

When Mercedes puts the brakes on the production of the SLS AMG in June 2014, its place will be taken by the new SLC , also known as the AMG GT or C190. However, the new AMG GT is not a true successor for the current SLS AMG.

According to former AMG CEO Ola Källenius, the SLS AMG will eventually receive a successor, but this won’t happen anytime soon. This is mostly because a car as unique as the SLS simple cannot be seceded by just any car.

Källenius said that the SLS AMG enjoyed huge success and requires its own "chapter in the automotive history." No matter when the successor arrives, it will be a true flagship supercar .

Until the day the SLS’ successor arrives, Mercedes will develop "another true AMG in an interesting sports car segment" — aka the C190 project that will arrive on the market in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLS AMG.

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Mercedes is preparing to end production of the SLS and replace it with the smaller SLC, but tuners are still paying lots of attention to the famous supercar . Danish tuner, Kleeman, is one to show its interest in the SLS by coming up with a pretty cool tuning kit.

The kit offered by Kleemann focuses on maximum power, and the tuner transformed the SLS into the beast we’ve always wanted to see. A base SLS is powered by a 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 engine that delivers a total of 583 horsepower — not bad for a Mercedes, but not the best for a supercar.

Kleemann decided it can do better, and came up with an in-house-developed supercharger made from aluminum. This blower increases the base output to an amazing 770 horsepower and 623 pound-feet of torque. With the extra power in tow, the SLS now sprints from 0 to 60 mph in in just 3.3 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in only 9.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 221 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLS AMG by Kleemann.

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

Mercedes unveiled the current SLS supercar in January 2010, and after just four years of production, its production run will come to an end.

According to Mercedes Benz Passion, Mercedes will stop developing the current SLS in June 2014. The base coupe, roadster and GT versions will go out of production in February 2014, and from that point through its complete eliminate ion June, Mercedes will develop a special-edition SLS based on the current GT version.

The SLC — also known as project C190 series — will have the daunting task of filling the SLS’ huge shoes after its elimination. According to the first details we have on the SLC, it will be lighter and smaller than the current SLS, and will Mercedes plans to put it against the Porsche 911 .

The SLC will go into production in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Mercedes SLS.

Drag racing has become so ingrained in the fabric of auto racing that you often see one taking place in pretty much all corners of the world.

But while the traditional setup often involves just a pair of cars duking it out for quarter-mile supremacy, Motor Trend has taken the concept of drag racing to a whole new level with its now famous annual installment of “The World’s Greatest Drag Race."

Now on its third installment, "The World’s Greatest Drag Race" pits not just two cars but a dozen of them. 12 of the fastest and most powerful cars you’ll ever come across, starting side by side together and racing to see who can cover the quarter-mile the fastest.

MT’s first installment of this race was won by the Nissan GT-R and it would’ve been 2 for 2 if not for the Lamborghini Aventador beating out to punch in the second staging.

But now, the list is fresh with new exotics, ready, able and willing to take the mighty GT-R’s top perch in the order. There’s an Aston Martin Vanquish , an Audi R8 V10 Plus , a Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series , a Porsche Carrera 4S , and an SRT Viper among the worthy contenders.

Oh, and yes, the Nissan GT-R is back for a third go-round to reclaim its title.

We’re not going to spoil you to action because it’s going to make for a compelling six-and-so minutes of your life.

And if you didn’t get a chance to see The World’s Greatest Drag Race 1 and 2, you can click past the jump to go check them out!

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What do the SRT Viper and the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series have in common? A long nose, front engine, a rear-wheel-drive system and of course a an output of about 600 horsepower. What they do not have in common? The price: the SRT Viper is priced at $97,395 and the SLS Black Series at $275,000. A pretty huge gap in price, don’t you think?

In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman wanted to see if the SLS Black Series really worth that amount of money and put it face to face to a SRT Viper.

The cars were brought to some real world canyon carving, than on a quarter mile drag race, and finished with blistering hot laps around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Now, we don’t want to be mean, but we thing the SLS has no chance on front of the new generation Viper. What do you think?

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The current Mercedes SLS lineup is quickly filling up with a Coupe , a Roadster , a GT3 version , and, sometime in the near future, an E-Cell version. However, Mercedes isn’t done yet. As promised yesterday the fifth model in the line-up has been officially announced today: the SLS AMG Black Series.

The new SLS Black Series has borrowed some of the styling cues seen first on the GT3 version and of course combines them with some of the usual Black Series design elements. But first Mercedes worked on reducing the car’s total weight: they added lots of carbon fiber elements, a new titanium-made exhaust system, new wheels and some lightweight sports seats. As a result the new Black Series is about 154 pounds lighter than the current model.

When you add an improved engine under the hood: a 622-horsepowerV-8 engine, you will easily notice that the car’s performance numbers have also improved: the 0-to-60 mph sprint time drops 0.2 seconds and top speed is now 195 mph.

Updated 07/03/2013: Mercedes revealed today prices for the 2014 SLS Black Series. Click past the jump to find put how much you’ll have to pay to drive this exclusive supercar.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series.

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Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher got behind the wheel of a SLS AMG GT3 and test it on the race track in Hockenheim. The GT3 is based on the road-going SLS AMG , but it adds an aerodynamic package specially prepared for the race track, plus an interior also adapted for the races.

Under its hood, the GT3 version keeps the usual 6.2-liter V-8 engine, but the output has been increased to more than 600 horsepower. Exterior updates include a new front apron with a splitter; a bonnet with central cooling air vent; wider front and rear wings; side skirts with cooling ducts for the rear brakes; a rear diffuser; and an adjustable rear spoiler.

Check out the video (above) to see what a Formula 1 champion has to say about the SLS GT3. It looks like Michael is having no problems finding ways to stay busy in retirement.

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Mercedes unveiled the SLS AMG Roadster at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and just one year later, Mercedes offered an improved GT variant . This GT included an additional 20 horsepower under the hood, a revised 7-speed sports transmission and a revised AMG Adaptive Performance Suspension. The strange thing is that the GT updates are offered to both the coupe and roadster versions, so the spy shots we received today had us a little confused.

The spy shots make it pretty clear that Mercedes is set to reveal a small facelift for theSLS AMG Roadster, but we are stuck wondering why?

The prototype caught testing wears minor camouflage on the front section, meaning that this will actually be just a minor nose jot, not a full facelift. We are not 100 percent sure on this, but we expect to see some updates on the interior, likely on the safety and infotainment systems.

Expect the revised Mercedes SLS AMG GT Roadster to arrive in time for the 2014 model year.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLS AMG GT Roadster.

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In June, the 2012 Audi R8 E-tron became the fastest electric car around Nürburgring with a lap time of 8:09.099 minutes. The problem with the R8 E-tron, however, is that it will never be offered to customers.

This June, Mercedes decided to show what its SLS AMG Electric Drive can do and brought it to the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife test track. The results put the SLS AMG Electric Drive directly into the Guineas Book of World Records.

The electric SLS lapped the Nordschleife in just 7:56.234 minutes, becoming the fastest electric car in the world around the `Ring, but also the first electrically powered production vehicle to have mastered the legendary racetrack in under eight minutes.

This record comes just 2 weeks after the first overall win for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race.

"For the first time, an electrically-powered series production vehicle has lapped the Nürburgring Nordscheife in under eight minutes. The record for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive in 7:56.234 minutes on the Nordschleife shows the special position of our innovative and unique drive solution," said Tobias Moers.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive.

From the fine company that gave us the Haute Couture Mercedes SLS AMG , Inden Design is back with a slightly more subtle take on the SLS AMG’s topless brother, the SLS AMG Roadster .

Mostly made up of a new conversion kit, the German tuner managed to give the SLS AMG Roadster plenty of new components that not only adds a more unique stance to the German supercar, but also helps improve the vehicle’s performance and handling credentials.

In the end, there’s plenty to like about this Inden Design program. Though it doesn’t come with a hardcore performance upgrade, you can tell that the German tuner took to great lengths to give it the SLS AMG Roadster the modification it richly deserves.

And if for nothing else, you can take comfort knowing that when it comes to Mercedes aftermarket programs, few do it better than Inden Design.

Click past the jump to read about Inden Design’s work on the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster


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