Mercedes-Benz has announced it is replacing the current SLS AMG with a new and improved version named, SLS AMG GT. Available in both Coupe and Roadster, the more potent GT is defined by increased power output, improved transmission and suspension plus retrimmed interior.
While the majority of improvements focus on performance, exterior styling changes are minimal. They include darkened headlamps and taillights as well as red-painted brake calipers. The radiator grille frame, exterior mirrors and fin blades on the hood and fender receive a high-gloss black finish while an AMG logo on the right of the luggage lid receives the added “GT” letters.
Thanks to a reprogrammed ECU, maximum output of the AMG 6.3-liter V8 is increased by 20 HP (15 kW / 20 bhp) to 591 HP (435 kW / 583 bhp). The SLS AMG GT accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and onto 200 km/h in 11.2 seconds.
The AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed sports transmission has been optimized reducing gear shift reaction time significantly, particularly in manual “M” mode when shifting gears on the steering wheel. The automatic double-declutching function when down shifting is also more pronounced.
Improvements to the electronically controlled AMG Ride Control Performance Suspension (previously named AMG Ride Control Sports Suspension) include double aluminum control arms in all four corners and stiffer spring/damper tuning. The “Comfort” mode setting has been deleted while “Sport” mode is recommended for every day driving with increased suspension travel. “Sport plus” provides the stiffest settings for sporty driving on smooth and level road surface such as a race circuit.
The interior in the SLS AMG GT has been completely re-upholstered with black leather and Alcantara contrasted with red stitching, red seat belts and red center console in addition to glossy black AMG trim. Also optionally available is the new AMG designo Exclusive STYLE leather which is characterized by a diamond design with contrasting stitching.
The SLS AMG GT will hit the German market in October 2012 followed by mid-November for the US. Pricing (incl. 19 percent VAT) for Germany is 204,680 euros for the Coupe and 213,010 euros for the Roadster. The AMG designo Exclusive STYLE leather costs 5771.50 euros. Pricing for US models have not been released yet.