Mercedes SLS-Class

Mercedes SLS-Class

Following the SL 65 AMG 45th Anniversary built to celebrate Mercedes’ "45 Years of Driving Performance," the company has released the new SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary. The SLS AMG GT3 version was specially developed for those "with a particular penchant for motor racing."

The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary utilizes the same designo magno graphite matte paint finish used for the SL 65 AMG version and a set of AMG light-alloy wheels in designo magno graphite. Another important feature is the extensive use of carbon fiber for the doors, bonnet, mudguards, boot lid, rear wings, front and rear apron, front splitter, and rear diffuser. There is also a special "45 Years of Driving Performance" logo to show off that this is an exclusive model.

The interior of the sports car also gets a few changes as the steel roll-over cage is finished in the same matte "designo magno graphite" as the exterior and the dashboard and center console sport a matte carbon-fiber finish. Again, a special badge with a "1 of 5" logo was placed on the seats and the center console, which alludes to the limited production run for this racing car.

The new Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary will be limited to just 5 units and, in Germany, is priced at € 446,250 (about $578,000 at the current exchange rates).

UPDATE 10/22/2012: Mercedes has unveiled new images of their SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary Edition from the car’s official debut at the 2012 São Paolo International Motor Show. Check them out in the picture gallery!

UPDATE 10/23/2012: Mercedes has unveiled today a very cool promo video for their latest SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary Edition. Enjoy!

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has been the apex of the luxury automaker’s sports car lineup since 2011. In 2012, Mercedes released the GT variant of the SLS AMG as the official safety car in the Belgian Grand Prix. The GT variant was a highly desired car, but Mercedes did not offer it up to retail customers.

That was until now, as Mercedes announced it will offer up this model to the public for the first time. What’s more is that Mercedes has also released the official details on this all-new variant of the famed SLS AMG. Being the official F1 safety car, the 571 ponies that the standard SLS AMG’s 6.3-liter V-8 pumps out just won’t cut it, so we will see a nice boost in this variant’s powerplant.

Also included are minor aesthetic and functional additions to the interior. The real test is how this supercar stacks up to its competition, though there is not much out there that can compete with it.

Click past the jump to read all about the SLS AMG GT and to see how it stacks up to its competitors.

Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series

The Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series is due to be unveiled sometime in the third quarter of 2014 and details on it are already leaking out. A Mercedes insider has provided WCF with details on the design and power output of the future Black Series.

Aaccording to the Mercedes insider, the SLS Black Series will be powered by an updated version of the current 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine with its output taken up to an impressive 630 HP. With the extra power, the Black Series version should be significantly faster than the standard SLS : the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is believed to be made in just 3.4 seconds - down from the current 3.7 seconds.

As for the car’s exterior look, the design should follow along with the look of the recently announced SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary , but with a modified front bumper, a new carbon fiber hood with a center scoop, carbon fiber air intakes, and a huge carbon fiber rear spoiler.

The SLS AMG Black Series will officially be unveiled in the third quarter of 2014 and only 100 units will be offered for the US market.

Source: WCF

Noted Mercedes tuner Kicherer has spoiled us with many aftermarket programs for the German automaker. So you expect a certain level of hype surrounding any new project they release and as expected, their latest project for the mighty SLS AMG has lived up to all of our expectations - and then some.

Comprised of aerodynamic and performance upgrades, the SLS AMG Supercharged GT carries hand-crafted vertical fin grilles that pay homage to one of Mercedes’ iconic models, the 1952 300 SL Carrera Panamericana. The SLS AMG version doesn’t have a huge Silver Arrows badge plastered in the center grille, which might have been a good idea because it would look less tacky and doesn’t take anything away from the overall profile of the supercar.

More than just the classic-inspired grille, Kicherer also took the time to dress up the SLS AMG with a satin matte black exterior finish. The German tuner also fitted a new carbon fiber front lip spoiler, added a subtle rear diffusor and carbon fins for the front fenders and the engine bonnet. Finishing off the exterior modifications are a new set of Kicherer’s own 20" and 21" RS-1 light-weight forged wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

Inside, the German tuner made plenty of use of carbon fiber, particularly on the door interiors, the center console, the door sill protectors, the rear of the seats, and the stowage tray.

Last but certainly not least, Kicherer installed its own supercharger system to the SLS AMG, increasing the supercar’s output from the standard 563 horsepower and 479 lb/ft of torque all the way up to a stout 700 horsepower and 620 lb/ft of torque. Translated to performance numbers, the SLS AMG Supercharged GT can now hit 0-62 mph in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed that can hit well over 186 mph without even breaking a sweat.

As we all expect, Mercedes has been hard at work testing out its upcoming SLS AMG Black Series , making sure its 600-plus-horsepower engine, upgraded suspension, and brakes are up to the task of daily use and high speeds. One place that every supercar needs to test at is the Nürburgring. Well, with the Nürburgring comes some of the most spectacular wrecks ever.

This time around, the SLS Black Series prototype got the short end of the `Ring’s stick, as it was smashed up in a wreck on the Dӧttinger Hӧhe section of the track – one of the fastest sections – and went up in flames. Fortunately, the engineers in the car were unharmed, proving that Mercedes put some serious work into the SLS’s safety devices and that the `Ring has some fast safety crews.

Before everyone gets up in arms about a Benz burning, don’t get too worried, as a wreck of this nature is bound to cause some flames and likely has nothing to do with the quality of the prototype. It is rather unfortunate to see such an expensive piece of experimental metal and carbon fiber go up in smoke, but we are willing to bet that Mercedes has a few more of these in the stable and the funds to build a new one, if needed.

What’s even cooler is that we actually got our hands on a few spy shots of the aftermath from this wreck. On top of the carnage, you also get a good look at this upcoming model with most of its camo… well, burned off…

Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series

The upcoming 2014 Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series has been caught testing several times, but these latest spy shots have finally provided us with an undisguised view of the vehicle’s front end. These images also show off the big fixed wing that has been placed at the back of this prototype.

The SLS Black Series will be distinguished by the usual elements seen on all Black Series models. These include a new front apron with larger air intakes, two openings in the bonnet for better engine cooling, a new AMG sports exhaust system, and of course, new AMG light-alloy wheels.

The SLS AMG Black Series will be powered by a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that will deliver an extra 50 HP over the standard SLS AMG, meaning it will have a total of about 620 HP. With the extra power, the Black Series will most likely go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds.

Expect to see the debut of the new Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series sometime in 2013.

There’s one time each year when no grown man worries about walking around wearing or driving something pink and that is during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Even in the NFL, grown men are beating the hell out of each other rocking pink gloves, socks, or other random pink things.

Well, the equivalent of strapping in a pink mouthpiece in the automotive industry is tossing a coat of pink on your car. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, TopSpeed is checking out all of the pink cars we have seen in recent years and laying them out for you, top-10 style.

In this contest, we need to look into the dedication of the pink coloring (real or wrap), the overall car coolness factor, and, of course, its raw power. Fortunately for us, driving a pink supercar is nothing out of the ordinary, so we have tons of entrants to choose from. If we skipped one of your favorites, let us know in the comments section.

Click past the jump to start our top-10 countdown to the best pink car of 2012.

We knew it was coming, but we just had no clue if it would be nearly as good as we were hoping for. We are talking about the Mercedes-Benz SLS MG Coupe Electric Drive. As rumors swirled around this model, horsepower and torque numbers swelled to the point of sounding like borderline “White Whale” stories. Well, here we are at the beginning of the Paris Auto Show and Mercedes has wasted no time unveiling this all-new EV to the world.

To say that the SLS AMG is a bad-ass car in itself would be putting it lightly. The gasoline-powered model and its 563-horsepower, 479-pound-feet 6.2-liter V-8 engine is face-ripping awesomeness in a gullwing body. To think that the electric model could be as good as or even better than this little nugget of Benz beauty is near unfathomable, but looking at the basic outline of the car that Mercedes just revealed to us, it just may be a possibility.

UPDATE 10/01/2012: Mercedes has unveiled a cool promo video for their latest SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive - a supersports car equipped with Formula 1 high-tech. It produces no local emissions and represents electro-mobility in its most exclusive form. Enjoy!

UPDATE 02/25/13: A new promo video of the SLS AMG Electric Drive has been released. Check out the Tron-inspired theme of the ad; pretty cool, if you ask us!

Click past the jump to find out more about the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive and to see if it is as sweet as its gasoline-powered sibling.

After upgrading the SLS AMG with a new name and better specs, Mercedes has also opted to replace its Safety Car version with the new Mercedes SLS AMG GT . The new SLS AMG GT Safety Car will be used during the 2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix on September 21st, 2nd, and 23rd.

The new Safety Car will be present with an aluminum spaceframe construction that helps keep its total weight down to just 3571 lbs. It will be powered by the same V8 engine found in the standard model, which delivers a total of 591 HP and is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission with optimized shift times. Next to this impressive engine, the SLS AMG GT Safety Car also received a high-performance ceramic composite brake system and weight-reduced AMG 10-spoke forged light-alloy wheels painted in matte black with a high-sheen finish.

As if all of this wasn’t enough to get the fans’ attention, Mercedes has also allowed the Mercedes SLS AMG GT Safety Car to stand out with a number of LED lights and a specially developed rear silencer that provides an even more sensational V8 soundtrack.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

At first, it may look like these spy shots feature a regular SLS AMG supercar, but with a closer look, we can see that this is actually one of the first prototypes for the production version of the Mercedes AMG SLS E-Cell . Proof of this is in the absence of an exhaust system and our spy photographers’ notes of the model not making one sound during testing.

This means that the future AMG E-Cell previewed with the first concept version back in 2010 will be finding its way into production very soon, providing Mercedes with a strong competitor for the Audi R8 E-tron .

The Mercedes SLS AG E-Cell Concept was powered by four electric motors - one on each axle. The four electric motors delivered an impressive 526 HP and 649 lb-ft of torque, while the vehicle’s redline went up at a screaming 12,000 rpm. On a full charge, the concept version was good for 90 miles, but the production version promises even more with a range of 120 miles.

If everything goes as planned, the new SLS AMG E-Cell will arrive on the market in 2013.

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