In its standard version (not the new GT one), the SLS 63 AMG delivers a total of 571 HP. This amount of power is good, but where Mercedes feared to go in terms of pushing the power, German tuner, mcchip-dkr, dove headfirst into it. Their new tuning package is called the MC700, which clearly hints at the vehicle’s upgraded power level.
The new MC700 compressor kit is available in two upgrade levels. The first one includes a mechanically driven compressor and a performance-enhancing high-end exhaust system developed in cooperation with Capristo Exhaust Systems. These additions get the 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine’s power level up to an impressive 680 HP and 567 lb-ft of torque. The extra 109 HP will set customers back 69,900 Euros (about $88,150 at the current exchange rates).
The second upgrade level will only be available for the export versions and include additional sports catalyzers and friskier stage 4 software. If a customer is willing to pay 78,999 Euros (about $99,600 at the current rates), then they will be privy to a total of 706 HP and 584 lbs-ft.
Two years after they built a program for the Mercedes SLS AMG, German tuner Domanig has come out with another program, only this time, it’s for the SLS AMG Roadster.
While there isn’t any aesthetic modifications done on the car, the German tuner did have a couple of things in store for the SLS Roadster. The first is the wheels, which Domanig takes pride in. For this particular program, the German tuner fitted the SLS Roadster with a new set of 20" SOM03 wheels in the front and wrapped it in 275/30ZR20 Michelin Super Sport tires. Over at the back, the choice was 21" DOM06 wheels rapped in 305/25/ZR21 Michelin Super Sport tires.
Moving on to the car’s suspension, Domanig added a new KW suspension system that not only lowers the car’s ride height by 30mm, but also makes it work in tandem with the supercar’s standard Ride Control system.
Finally, Domanig made some engine tweaking to the SLS Roadster 6.3-liter V8 engine and ramped up its output from the standard 571 horsepower to past 600 ponies. 620 horsepower, to be accurate.
Overall, the program is bereft of the style of other tuners, but as far as unbridled power is concerned, it gave quite a bit of an added punch.
You know we love hot cars because we write about them all day every day. Well, when we catch hot women driving hot cars, that just makes our trek toward the weekend all the more fun. Mr. Smee150 has blessed both our eyes and ears with a plethora of rather well-built women whipping some just as well put together cars.
What a list that is. I just wish we could find out who each woman driving each car is and how exactly she got her hands on it. We’d also like to find out which ones are single and would like a strapping young American lad... For, umm, my friend...Yeah! My friend wants to know.
Although the two vehicles in this video are different - one’s a coupe while the other is a roadster - the Lamborghini Aventador and the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster can still be considered two of the most amazing supercars currently on the market. Hennessey Performance obviously feels this statement is accurate since they decided to pit the two cars against each other on a spicy 1/4 mile dragstrip race.
You’ll have to watch the video to see who wins the race, but we’ll give you some details to help you out. The Aventador is powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine that delivers a total of 700 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. The SLS AMG Roadster, on the other hand, is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine with 563 HP and can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds.
We have all already learned about the upcoming SLS E-Cell, and that Mercedes is planning on releasing a limited amount of the electric supercar in 2013. What we haven’t learned about are any possible variants on the upcoming gull0wing coupe.
Well, that was until now... De Telegraaf, a Dutch newspaper, has confirmed that Mercedes is currently investigating the possibility of an SLS E-Cell Roadster. The SLS E-Cell will work as the testing gauge for the potential roadster variant. If it does well, Mercedes-Benz will officially announce the Roadster, but if it falls on its face, Mercedes will take its lumps on the base SLS E-Cell and make no other mention of the Roadster variant.
This SLS Roadster is anticipated to feature the same drivetrain as the SLS E-Cell. This drivetrain includes four electric motors, one for each wheel, that pump out a grand total of 525 horsepower and 649 pound-feet of torque. This all translates out to a 4-second sprint to 60 mph in the fixed-head variant, which would likely equal out to a 4.1- to 4.2-second sprint in a slightly heavier roadster model.
The official announcement is still a little ways away, so we won’t know for sure when and if the roadster will see showrooms, but we do expect the SLS E-Cell to sell well, meaning the Roadster would be almost certain to follow as a late-2014 or early-2015 model.
We’ll keep you updated on this front.
UPDATE 08/02/2012: Check out our rendering of the Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell Roadster!
Now that Mercedes has officially unveiled the SLS AMG GT, the world is waiting to see the most powerful version in the line-up: the Black Series version. The SLS AMG GT Black is expected to be unveiled at the end of 2012, with sales beginning in early 2013. Until then, enjoy some cool shots of the sports car performing some hot laps around the Nurburgring.
The upcoming SLS AMG Black Series was officially confirmed to deliver at least 50 HP over the standard SLS AMG, possibly with revised 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine as the power source. That means a final output of 633 HP when compared to the 583 HP in the new GT Version. With the extra power, the Black Series will most likely go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds.
Now that we have seen the updated version of the amazing Mercedes SLS AMG, people are switching their focus to new versions of the car. We’ve already heard about the E-Cell version, but the model that is making heads spin is the Diesel SLS AMG.
Wait, what?! A diesel-powered SLS AMG? Well, not really. Polish website, Moto.pl, says Mercedes will be unveiling a diesel powered version of the SLS AMG in the future. This new version will be called the AMG SLS CDI and will be powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine with triple turbochargers. It is said to deliver about 400 HP. Jalopnik, on the other hand, says a diesel-powered SLS AMG will never happen. Both websites neglect to mention any viable sources, so both pieces of information need to be taken with a grain of salt.
Okay, so what’s really going on here? Europe is in high demand for diesel-powered sports car and, back in 2008, it was rumored that AMG was working on a diesel powered high-performance model. That being said, earlier this year, Mercedes AMG announced that a diesel powered vehicle wouldn’t fit in their line-up and they have no intention in following their German automaker rivals. The question is: should we trust them? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.
When you’re looking for an aftermarket tuner that knows their Mercedes models as much as anybody in the industry, it’s always a good idea to give the guys over at Vath a call.
Heck, on the chance that you just took delivery of a Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster, then call it good timing because the German automaker has just released their latest tuning program for the soft-top SLS AMG. Featuring a comprehensive package that includes aerodynamic, performance, and interior modifications, Vath’s new program should give you enough reason to make the leap - expensive price tag notwithstanding.
The first thing to know about the new program is the aerodynamic kit that consists of a plethora of naked carbon fiber components. The kit is made up of a new front spoiler, a boot spoiler, side skirts, and extra brake ventilation. From there, attention was turned to the interior where the German tuner is making a available a host of high-end materials - carbon fiber, wood, leather, you name it! - to dress up the SLS AMG Roadster. A sporty steering wheel is also part of the program as is a new speedometer that has a new top speed limit of 250 mph.
Moving on to the engine, Vath took the SLS AMG Roadster’s 6.2-liter V8 engine and added in a supercharger and a new air box. From there, some ECU tweaking was done to increase the supercar’s output to an impressive 700 horsepower and 627 lb/ft of torque. Those new figures translate to a 0-62 mph time of just 3.6 seconds and a new top speed of 205 mph.
Last, but not least, Vath developed a new suspension set-up that relies on threaded sports springs with AMG Ride Control, allowing the car’s ride height to be lowered from 20 to 45 mm. As far as extra options are concerned, Vath has a stainless steel exhaust system with throttle control and a stainless steel exhaust system with a sports catalyst as alternatives to the one already in the SLS AMG Roadster.
All told, the entire package costs €85,130, which is around $105,000 based on current exchange rates.
Our spy photographers have managed to wrestle their way into the inner pits of the testing world once again to capture the next Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series. But, unlike previous versions, the sports car has dropped its usual black garbs and opted for a very cool summer white skin.
The SLS AMG Black Series is still wearing camouflage, but when compared to a standard SLS AMG model, it still looks much more aggressive. The prototype caught testing is also wearing high-performance brakes and larger rear wheels, both of which are set to be used for the production version.
As for the engine powering this bad boy, rumors say that the current 6.3-liter V8 will be boosted up to an impressive 600-620 HP with a peak torque of 516 lbs-ft to boot.
The Black Series treatment will be applied for both the coupe and roadster versions, with both cars expected to be launched during 2013. Prices for the new version will start from about € 260,000, or about $318,000 at the current exchange rates.
With all the recent hype surrounding the brand new Aston Martin Vanquish, one could be excused for completely forgetting about its predecessor, the DBS, which is still going strong. This fact is exemplified in the latest EVO magazine track test conducted by television presenter, Tiff Needell.
Despite the fact that the DBS Volante will be superseded by a convertible version of the new Vanquish in a couple of years, pitting the present day DBS Volante against the much-newer Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster is still a prevalent test.
Not only do both of these cars slot into similar price brackets and appeal to similar buyers, but both produce similar outputs with the DBS Volante cranking out 510HP and 420 lb-ft of torque from its impressive, yet rather-out-dated, 5.9-liter V12 engine.
Featuring a vastly different 6.2-liter V8 engine, the SLS AMG Roadster produces a little more than the DBS, with peak horsepower reaching 563HP while an impressive torque figure of 479 lb-ft is also achieved.
With both cars’ tackling the Bedford Autodrome in similarly horrible conditions, it certainly makes for an enjoyable video, so check it out!