The Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster is one of the few supercars that can stand alone sans any aesthetic or aerodynamic modifications.
But if you told us that Mercedes tuner extraordinaire, MEC Design, was preparing said program, we wouldn’t have any problems with it.
Comprising of an aero package that includes a bevy of new aftermarket components, MEC Design’s new program for the SLS AMG Roadster is a certified barnburner. The replacement front bumper can be had with either a one or two-piece spoiler. More aggressive side skirts are also part of the package as well as a new trunk-lid spoiler, an optional set of LED daytime running lights, a new rear bumper that can be customized to fit either an Extreme, Formula, or GT3 diffuser section, and a set of 20-inch and 21-inch mecextreme3 alloy wheels that have been fitted and wrapped in 275/30ZR20 and 295/25ZR21.
Oh, and speaking of the spoilers and the diffuser, you can tell MEC Design to use clear-coated carbon fiber to further shoot up the exclusivity and look of the sexy SLS AMG Roadster.
Inside, the modifications are right in line with what you’ve come to expect from MEC Design. The usual digs of leather, Alcantara, and carbon fiber dominate the interior remodeling, particularly on the steering wheel, the console, sill plates and the seats.
Wheelsandmore offers numerous updates for the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe, but until now, no updates have been offered for the roadster versions. We said “until now” because today the tuner has announced a brand-new upgrade kit for the SLS Roadster. Customers can choose between two different stage upgrades, with the most powerful one delivering up to 704 horsepower.
In stage II the tuner will install a new exhaust system with sport catalysts and a flap-controlled exhaust. These updates, combined with a software remapping and special sport air filters, will increase the engine’s output up from the standard 563 horsepower up to 635 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
In stage III, Wheelsandmore opted to supercharge the V-8 engine. The end result is a stout 704 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. These updates will significantly improve the car’s performance numbers, as it will then sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds and its top speed has been increased to 330 km/h (205 mph).
Along with the engine upgrades, Wheelsandmore is also offering a set of 6Sporz forged wheels, ultra-lightweight aluminum coilover suspension system and LCS coilover suspension with a lift-up function that can raise the car’s ride by 40 millimeters (1.5 inches).
Out of the limelight of the Detroit Auto Show comes a new program from noted aftermarket tuner mcchip-dkr.
We already saw the initial stages of the MC700 program for the Mercedes SLS AMG late last year, but now, there are plenty of modifications to go around, highlighted by a two-stage program on the car’s 571-horsepower, 6.3-liter V-8 engine.
Stage 1, as was detailed previously, includes the operation of a mechanically driven compressor to go with the installation of a pure compressor supercharger kit, the optimization of ECU software, and the addition of a Capristo exhaust system. This resulted in the improvement of the supercar’s output to 680 horsepower and 568 pounds per feet of torque.
If that isn’t enough to tickle your fancy, the brawnier Stage Two option comes with a more aggressive ECU remap to go with a new sports catalyst, further spiking the output to a spicy 708 horsepower and 585 pounds per feet of torque.
For the Stage One program, you’ll have to shell out €69,900 ($93,400), while the Stage Two kit will set you back an additional €9,099 ($12,100), rounding it out to €78,999, or about $105,500.
In addition to the comprehensive engine upgrade, this new program also boasts a matte-grey body wrap courtesy of CoverEFX at a price of €5,999 ($8,000), as well as a new KW sports suspension kit with an HLS 4 system, a technology that for €12,999 ($17,300), can adjust the car’s front and rear axles back to factory height at just a click of a button.
German aftermarket specialist Vilner won’t waste your time with any performance upgrades. That’s not their style.
Instead, they specialize in the kind of modification that makes the interior of a standard Mercedes SLS AMG look pauper-ish by comparison. That’s not directed at the fine folks of Mercedes, who we believe do an outstanding job with styling choices.
It’s just that Vilner specializes on this kind of thing, so much so that anytime they work on an interior of a car, you expect nothing short of spectacular.
On this particular program, that’s exactly what they did, and the result is bloody impressive. There’s a whole lot that went to this program so instead of just rambling on about it, just hop on past the jump and find out what Vilner did to this particular Mercedes SLS AMG.
Here are a couple of hints: leather and Alcantara.
On paper, a Mercedes SLS AMG and Ferrari 458 Italia look pretty mechanically identical. The German sports car is powered by a 6.3-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 570 horsepower, and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 197 mph. Its Italian competitor, on the other hand, gets a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that delivers the same 570 horsepower, but it is a little bit faster — 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.
These numbers seem pretty close, but when you put them face to face on a race track you’ll find out that they are not so identical. The test drive in the above video shows you just how unfair the competition between these supercars really is. You might be surprised just how much more effectively one uses its power over the other.
So, which one is faster? You’ll have to check out the video to find out.
Mercedes AMG engineers were hard at work this holiday season and it’s not wrapping up presents or getting ready for Santa. Nope, they are hard at work under the hood of the 600-horsepower SLS AMG GT3 racecar. This time around, however, it’s not all about horsepower. It is all about keeping that temperature at 180 degrees.
No, the SLS AMG GT3 wasn’t having cooling system issues, the engineers are preparing a tasty treat for Santa while he tucks the presents under the tree. Oh, we’re not giving up all of the information that easily, you’re going to have to check out the video above to see exactly what these gearheads turned Homemakers are up to. It’s definitely well worth the watch. We hope you enjoy it and stay tuned all day for more Christmas-related videos and stories!
Merry Christmas from the entire TopSpeed family to yours!
For the better part of a decade, The Formula One Safety Car has been driven by veteran DTM racer Bernd Mayländer. So when a discussion begins on anything and everything to do with the lineup of Mercedes vehicles that have served as safety cars for F1 races, no one is more qualified to talk about them than Mayländer.
In this video, Mayländer does just that, taking us on a short history lesson regarding the line-up of Mercedes models that have had their turn in silver and emblazoned with F1 decals with matching emergency lights fitted on top of the roof.
From the Mercedes CL55 AMG in 2000 - his first year as F1 Safety Car driver - all the way to the current SLS AMG, Mayländer discusses all his memories from all his babies, recounting the unique qualities of all the cars and even picking his favorite among the bunch.
Spoiler Alert: It’s not the SLS AMG.
And as an added treat, Mayländer, at the end of the video, unveiled the newest F1 Safety Car, the Mercedes SLS AMG GT, which will begin its time on track for the 2013 Formula One season.
We saw the new Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and we have also seen it in action. Now it’s time to learn how the SLS AMG Black Series brochure is put together. Not exactly the same as seeing the car in action on the race track, but it is still an important piece to the supercar’s puzzle.
Watch the above video to get a good look at the editing that went into taking technical drawings and turning them into brochure-worthy images. It’s a pretty sweet video, despite the fact that we don’t get to see the SLS AMG Black Series scream around at all.
In case you forgot just how bad-ass the car is, it’s powered by an improved version of the 6.3-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 622 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 468 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. The supercar uses this monstrous power to hit a top speed of 195 mph.
Lapping the famous Nürburgring race track is a dream for any car enthusiast out there. Unfortunately, it is not a reality for most of us. For those that can’t make it, Mercedes AMG has unveiled an onboard video showing the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 in action on the "Grüne Hölle" (Green Hell). This is about as close as you get to whipping the SLS AMD GT3 through the Green Hell without actually hanging onto the steering wheel. Speaking of the steering wheel, behind the wheel in this video is AMG Customer Sports coordinator, Thomas Jäger. What a job that must be…
For those of you who do not know, the SLS AMG GT3 is powered by a 6.3-liter V-8 engine — same from the standard SLS AMG – that pumps out 600 horsepower. When compared to the standard model, the GT3 version has a ton of exterior upgrades, including: front apron with a splitter, 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 airfoil.
Mercedes has just unveiled its new SLS Black Series and it looks like the folks over MEC Design are among the first tuners to try its hand at replicating the new model’s design. While this is not its first design package offered for the SLS AMG, it is no doubt the most impressive one.
In designing the new package the tuner started with a standard SLS AMG and injected a Black Series look. To achieve this, MEC Design added new front and rear bumpers, a new side spoiler, a carbon-fiber front splitter, and new diffuser. On the inside, MEC tossed in some carbon-fiber trim work and leather floor mats.
MEC didn’t just make the SLS AMG look like the Black Series, it added in some goodies under the hood to give it more Black-Series-Like oomph. MEC managed to squeeze 631 horsepower from the SLS AMG, which gives it a 9-horsepower advantage over the SLS AMG Black Series. In order to handle the extra power, MEC also added an upgraded suspension setup and a set of alloy wheels.