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Gojirra99 04-09-09 07:53 AM

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing Official Thread

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing Official Interior Photos and Sketches Released

These photos are the first official interior shots and design sketches of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing. Mercedes has been quite disciplined in slowly releasing little bits of info and photos of the McLaren SLR successor over the past few weeks. Most recently a series of SLS videos preceded by up close photos of the gullwing prototype during testing.

We get a few ideas of the possibilities of this car when taking a look at the interior, a smooth composition mixed with grey leather and carbon fibre paneling. We can see the paddleshifters behind the three-point, flat-bottomed steering wheel, as well as the aluminum gear shifter between the seats. Under the gear shifter, we see the dial that controls the COMAND infotainment system. It may be way too early to hope that this is actually the new internet-enabled MYCOMAND, but it would be nice to be able to pilot this car with the most up-to-minute traffic information while listening to any streaming radio station.

This, of course, makes life easier when you're pushing the 563hp 6.2-liter V8 powerhorse through a congested highway system. When you are given the chance to break loose, the seven shift-indicator lights which accompany the 9000rpm tach will surely help you get the best possible performance from the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. With the engine front mid-mounted and the gearbox located towards the rear, the SLS Gullwing has 48:52 front-to-rear weight distribution. 0 to 62mph arrives in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 196mph.

Same as the recently revealed E63 AMG, the SLS is equipped with the AMG drive unit which allows four gearbox modes to be selected: controlled efficiency, sport, sports-plus and manual mode. This is done via the biggest rotary dial just left of the gear shifter on the center console. The drive unit also includes the Start button, rear spoiler control, ESP and the infamous AMG button, which allows the driver to preset their favorite settings.

According to Car Magazine, the SLS AMG Gullwing will debut at Frankfurt in September and go on sale in 2012 at a price of 150,000 (135,000).

Mbenz528i 04-09-09 08:57 AM

It looks amazing on the inside. Then again, so do every MB AMG cars. Excellent use of CF and leather. Not to mention the knobs on the middle stack look futuristic, like the start button, etc.

Cannot wait for the full release!

RX469 04-09-09 09:46 AM

Oh Yes! I'm so liking this..

Habious 04-09-09 12:07 PM


pvmike1 04-09-09 03:16 PM

Nice concept, except for the Thunderbird-esque port window in the first rendering.

Whoever drew it sure loves the VIP stretch and super aggressive offsets.

GFerg 04-09-09 03:36 PM

Its alright. Nothing special IMO.

Kaydee 04-09-09 04:09 PM

I see a gtr on the front

Allen K 04-09-09 05:01 PM

Don't really like how the shifter looks, but otherwise it looks pretty good

IS-SV 04-09-09 05:21 PM

Originally Posted by GFerg (Post 4420501)
Its alright. Nothing special IMO.

I agree, I've seen better.

UDel 04-09-09 09:36 PM

I really like the interior, I hope they focus on the driving dynamics on this car and spend the money to make it lightweight. Cars are just getting way too heavy these days and it being very light weight and a driver focused car would set it apart from similarly powerful AMG coupes and the SLR. You have to respect Mercedes Benz coming out with this sports car while still offering of choice of 4 or 5 other completely different 2 door coupes/sports cars with multiple engine options.

DustinV 04-10-09 02:38 AM

The exterior of this vehicle is definitely a retro homage to the legendary 300SL.

I guess the interior tries to look like the generic 1960s European sports car cabin. It seems to work. It also reminds me of this generations SL cockpit which I happened to see at a small classic event a few days ago.

TLe2006 04-10-09 06:15 AM

THe interior looks like a mustang's interior but the exterior looks good.

D.Jobin 04-10-09 06:16 AM

The civic wants its steering wheel back

sleeper408 04-10-09 12:57 PM

Damn..... 28's? hahah... I like the interior although I'm not crazy about the vents.

knihc2008 04-12-09 12:17 AM

This thing is going to be GORGEOUS.

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