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.
Enjoy the video!
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.
We are all waiting to see the new SLS AMG Black Series and apparently this will happen earlier than expected. Mercedes AMG has posted a pretty cool teaser image for the upcoming SLS Black Series on their Facebook account, next to the promise that the official debut will be made in less than 24 hours.
"Anticipation is supposed to be the greatest joy. But don’t worry, Mercedes-AMG will not wait until Christmas to unwrap this gift. The mystery about the latest Mercedes-AMG model will be disclosed soon. In less than 24 hours, we reveal the secret under the car cover. Stay tuned and check back with us tomorrow."
And while we are still waiting for the official details, we have to remind you that details suggest the SLS Black Series will be powered by a revised 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine with an output 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.
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.
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.
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…