One of the most amazing upgrade programs for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG actually comes from the German automaker itself, which recently announced SLS AMG’s replacement, the SLS AMG GT. The ‘GT’ will be available in two versions, Roadster and Coupe, both defined by a bigger power output, improved ride comfort and better control.
The looks of the car have been minimally modified, with Mercedes focusing a lot more on the car’s performance. In terms of looks, we don’t really have much to tell you: red-painted brake calipers, darkened headlamps and taillights are part of them, followed by high-gloss black finish all over the grille frame, fin blades on the fender and hood, and exterior mirrors. In addition, the AMG logo sitting at the right of the luggage lid got completed with the two famous letters: “GT”. But does the car match its name?
Here is the part where we shake our heads in an affirmative manner. The reprogrammed ECU of the car has allowed for a power increase of 20 HP (15 kW), the 6.3-liter V8 engine now delivering 591 HP (435 kW). It now accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in roughly 3.7 seconds, and reaches 200 km/h (124 mph) in around 11.2.
The drivetrain has also been bettered; the AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed sports transmission bears a few modifications that reduced its reaction time drastically, especially in the fabled “M” mode, when shifting gears on the steering wheel. An interesting modification is the automatic double-declutching function, more pronounced when down shifting.
The electronically controlled ex AMG Ride Control Sports Suspension has been reappointed, now being called the AMG Ride Control Performance Suspension. It received a stiffer spring/damper tuning and double aluminum control arms in all 4 corners. The specialists from Mercedes have eliminated the “Comfort” mode, to the prejudice of the “Sport” mode, which is now to be used for every day driving, with increased suspension travel. The apogee is the “Sport plus” though, which comes with the stiffest settings, for leveled road surfaces.
Regarding the car’s interior, it comes decked with Alcantara and black leather, in superb contrast with the red stitching, red center console and red seat belts. A series of glossy black AMG trims have also joined the list of upgrades. As optional, Mercedes can provide the diamond-designed contrasting stitching known as the AMG designo Exclusive STYLE leather, costing €5771.50.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT will become available in Germany during October 2012, with intentions of being extended to the US markets until mid-November. The Coupe will be priced at €204,680, while the Roadster will boast a more expensive price tag of €213,010. The prices will somewhat differ between the European and the over-ocean market, but we’ve not yet received any further announcements in connection to that.