2011 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

Mercedes has caused history to repeat itself as they have come out with a roadster version for one of their popular coupes. This trend was seen in the SLR McLaren and will now repeat itself with the SLS AMG coupe version. The SLS AMG Roadster will be revealed in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but right now the car is under extreme testings.

In terms of design, the roadster version will remain faithful to the coupe version. However, it will drop the gullwing doors in favor of more traditional units. The SLS Roadster will be offered with Mercedes’ traditional retractable soft-top which can be opened and closed electrohydraulically while on the move up to 30 mph.

TheMercedes SLS AMG roadster version will be powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine with 563 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. However, being a much heavier model, it will rocket from 0 to 60mph in 4.0 seconds before topping out at approximately 192 mph.

In Europe, prices will start from € 195,160, or about $278,000 at the current exchange rates. The Mercedes’ US debut will be made later this fall.

UPDATE 11/07/2011: Mercedes has unveiled a new video presenting the history behind the SLS AMG Roadster photo shoot with Michael and Ralf Schumacher.

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

Exterior and Interior

Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

Like with the coupe version, the roadster version will feature a long bonnet, large wheels, and a short rear end. Both coupe and roadster versions are also built on an aluminum spaceframe, but due to the omission of a fixed roof and gullwing doors for the roadster, it was necessary to design the side sills more robustly.

Tobias Moers said: "The SLS AMG Roadster is a super-sportscar – just like the Coupé. It goes without saying that AMG is also determined to achieve superior driving dynamics with this open-top variant."

The roadster model will be further distinguished from the coupe with additional supporting struts at the windscreen frame and at the center tunnel, a strut mounting placed between the soft top, and a fuel tank that makes the rear axle even more rigid.

The new Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster will be offered with a three-layered fabric soft top which is deposited behind the seats in a Z-formation to save space. The sports car offers a low center of gravity and is designed for speeds up to 196 mph.

See the many options for the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster by checking out their online configurator.

Engine

Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

Under the hood, the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster will feature the same engine as the coupe: a 6.3-liter V8 engine located front-mid that will develop 571 hp and up to 479 lb-ft. of torque. The engine will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Mercedes has also announced that the roadster will be capable of a top speed that is just one mph lower than the coupe: 196 mph.

Prices

Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

The new Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster will be put on sale after its official debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Prices will start from about $200,000. The 2012 SLS AMG Roadster will make its U.S. debut in Fall 2011.

In Europe the car is priced from € 195,160, or about $278,000 at the current exchange rates.

Competition

Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

As with the coupe version, the new Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster will target models like the Ferrari 458 Italia and the McLaren MP4-12C in their convertible versions.

The 458 Italia Spyder will feature the same 4,499 cc V8 engine found in the coupe version. This engine delivers 570 HP at 9,000 rpm and 398 lb-ft of torque at 6000 rpm and is mated to an F1 dual-clutch gearbox. The sprint from 0-60 mph will take a tad longer than in the coupe at 3.4 seconds while top speed will sit below 201 mph. Clearly, the performance for this Spyder is that much more than in the Mercedes, so the 458 Italia still sits higher on our "Want It" list. Of course, the 458 Italia Spyder will probably cost more since the coupe is priced at $225,000. This leaves the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster at a minimum of $25,000 cheaper than the Ferrari.

As for the McLaren MP4-12C, the company already has plans to offer a roadster version in the next few years. That roadster model’s engine will match that of the coupe with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 592hp at 7,000rpm and 443 lb-ft. of torque between 3,000 and 7,000rpm. Top speed will remain in the 200 mph area. The 12C will reach 60mph in 3.3 seconds and an even faster 3.1 seconds with the optional high-performance tire option. Its speed tops out at 205mph. This model beats the Mercedes once again in terms of performance, but the price tag increases as well. We don’t know how much the roadster will end up costing, but the coupe starts off at $229,000.

Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

Reviews

Jay Leno Drives The SLS AMG Roadster

LOVE IT
  • Cheaper than competition
  • Same level of performance as the coupe version
  • Soft top
LEAVE IT
  • Competitors might deliver better performance numbers
  • Look is a bit outdated

68 comments:

V8 engine is already quite satisfying for a roadster like this! Moreover, the angst of it only adds more appeal for this one. However, I wonder if what will be its interior look like?

I love the aggressiveness of this Roadster and good thing that they justify that by using an impressive and efficient engine specification which is only suited for this Roadster vehicle!

I would still prefer to have a McLaren or a Ferrari vehicle than with this Mercedes. Well, sorry to say, but I really don’t appreciate the aggressive appearance of it, especially its air intakes.

Yeah! It is really so refreshing with Mercedes’s vehicle! The new design that this Roadster had is very striking, and I truly love the aggressive looks of it that caused by the air intake of it. smiley

This SLS AMG Roadster of Mercedes is very different from their other vehicles, and it is really so impressive with this convertible car! I love the angst and the fact that it is cheaper than on its competitor.

Its engine output is really great for this Roadster, and I must say that it only adds more appeal on this vehicle! Well, now I can say that it is truly a complete package and the best choice for all convertible cars! smiley

I think it is better if they put in one side or direction the air intake of this Roadster. However, it also looks great and cool for me because on that. Anyway, I would still prefer to have a McLaren vehicle.

Not bad, well maybe some will not be really so fond with this AMG Roadster for it doesn’t truly have a very striking look. But as long as it is in an AMG coupe it is kind of satisfying anyway.

The design of this Roadster is really striking even the decent and hygienic looks of it, but I wonder if when will they really put this one on the market, did they had any plan on putting it on production?

Well, the interior seems so interesting and looks so cozy and relaxing, though I noticed that the detailing or the exterior design of this looks so outdated but still I found it a very appealing convertible car.

I can’t see this SLS AMG Roadster as impressive as the other convertible car, but I must say that I love the decency of this car, and the wheels look so cool. Is that another exhaust? I’m just kind of curious with that.

SLS version of roadster remain special, for me this unit definitely have more improved specification. Car wise, better to look for long last and outstanding system engine.

WOW! Very Impressive car. I like all the mercedes car. All features of this car really great specially the performance of this car.

I like the new version of this car. BTW, This car is good and performance is also good. However, if this car has a good engine like V10 or V12 is great and also the horse power is high.

This car seems so elegant and sexy, specially with their red color, but I also like this in their smooth white color. I love a convertible cars adding with the convertible feature. It has a nice engine indeed.

I have to agree with all of you guys. Mercedes SLS is really a good-looking car, and I must say that I’m so impressed with how they perfectly managed the classy but decent looking car to a sort of sporty figure performance.

Sporty yet classy Mercedes car because of its convertible features and color, very light and with the best engine technology from its tires up to the HP and power steering - the best!

Yeah, the styling was great although the figure performance is not that stunning! I wonder on how these car would compete against the McLaren 12C and 458 Italia?

The downside of convertible version was the added weight on the car! Well, I guess that’s the reason why it doesn’t have an impressive speed performance!

Well, I like their new version of this one. The level of performance is very impressive, but we must admit that some manufacturers are also making great cars, so I think this Mercedes version will have a hard time for the competition. What a poor design on this one. I wonder where did they get the concept on this one. However, the output performance is fine, but I do not like the exterior of this one.

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