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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster To Debut At 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show


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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster To Debut At 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


December 7th, 2010


During a recent interview the boss of AMG, Ola Kaellenius, revealed a few details about the brand’s upcoming models including its most important launch of next year, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster.

Speaking with Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, Kaellenius revealed that the Roadster version of the SLS AMG would make its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, which takes place next September.

He also confirmed that the AMG version of the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK would make its debut next year, complete with fuel saving cylinder deactivation for its 5.5-liter V-8. Also going on sale next year will be the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, which we saw back at last month’s 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

As for the new SLS AMG Roadster, the car is expected to ditch the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 used in the current gullwing model and go with the latest twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine that we’ve started to see filter across AMG’s fleet. The new unit develops up to 571 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, the SLS AMG’s 6.2-liter V-8 develops the same 571 horsepower rating but ‘only’ 479 pound-feet of torque.

For more details on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, check out our previous story by clicking here.

[Auto Motor und Sport via Mercedes-Benz Passion]



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Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster caught winter testing ahead of mooted Frankfurt debut

by Noah Joseph (RSS feed) on Dec 7th 2010 at 11:27AM

What do you call a gullwing without the gullwing doors? A roadster, of course, and according to the latest reports, that's precisely what Mercedes-Benz has in store for us at the Frankfurt Motor Show next year.

The reports stem from an interview given by AMG boss Ola Kallenius in Auto Motor und Sport, outlining what the Silver Star performance studio has in the pipeline. Among them is the long-anticipated convertible version of the Benz SLS AMG supercar, which will come as a welcome improvement for many.

The upward lifting doors on the SLS coupe may be the car's party piece, but not everyone has fallen in love with them – the roadster will offer the same retrotastic styling and the same 560-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine, plus the wind-in-your-hair factor and sans the showy portals.

A prototype of the SLS droptop has just been spotted undergoing winter testing, and this is the first time we can recall seeing the canvas roof unadorned by camouflage, giving us a better look at what the finished car will look like. Check out out in our high-res gallery below.



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