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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is arguably more handsome than the fixed head coupe version. The long bonnet proportions somehow seem to fit a convertible car better. The design of course, pulls heavily from the classic 1950’s 300SL Roadster, but there is no mistaking that this is a thoroughly modern supercar. It may not share the 300SL’s elegance, but it does have brutish good looks without looking too flashy when compared to its Italian rivals.

The 3 layer fabric soft-top folds away in just 11 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 50km/h (31mph). By choosing a soft fabric roof for the SLS Roadster, Mercedes saved a considerable amount of weight and although there is extra chassis strengthening needed over the rear axle over the coupe the car remains only 2kg heavier. The roadster also has only 3 litres less luggage volume than the coupe.

The V8 AMG power plant is the monster you would expect; it sounds awesome and pulls with great purpose. Add this to a well balanced, light-weight (if large) aluminium chassis and body and you have a recipe for fabulous performance.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Details

Production dates2011-current
Length 4638 mm / 183 in
Width inc. mirrors 1939 mm / 76 in
Height 1261 mm / 50 in
Wheelbase 2680 mm / 106 in
Turning circle 11.9 m
Luggage capacity 173 litres / 6.11 cu ft
Fuel tank capacity 85 litres / 22.5 US gal
Warranty 3 years or unlimited miles

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type V8
Engine capacity 6208 cc
Power 591@6800 bhp
Torque 479@4750 lb.ft
Torque 650@4750 nm
Transmission type 7-spd auto
Kerb weight 1735 kg / 3825 lb
UK retail price from £199,500
UK insurance group 50A

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Performance

Max speed (auto) 199 mph / 320 kph
0-100kmph (auto) 3.7 seconds

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (auto) 21.4 mpg
CO2 emissions (auto) 308 g/km

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