Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG--D&M Motorsports Test Drive Review 2012 Chris Moran
An in-depth review of Mercedes' newest world-class supercar, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Hosted by Chris Moran. SEE OVER 100 IN-DEPTH AUTO REVIEWS @ www.SUPERCARNETWORK.com.
It's five and a half feet long. It weighs 8.8 pounds. Height of an adult female, weight of a gallon or so of gas—these are the critical dimensions of the carbon-fiber driveshaft running between the engine and the rear-mounted transaxle in the new Mercedes SLS AMG. We note this here because, despite the car's retro-gullwing looks, the SLS is utterly bleeding edge—both in terms of its technical attributes and what it represents for Mercedes' in-house tuner. It is not simply a Mercedes with bigger wheels and a breathed-upon V-8 or V-12. It is, down to its churning carbon-fiber core, AMG's first dedicated automobile and the very antithesis of the overly complex and overweight half-million-dollar Mercedes SLR McLaren.
"The SLS is a serious super sports car," says AMG chief of development Tobias Moers before taking a shot at the SLR, a carbon-fiber-bodied car that still managed to weigh in at 3858 pounds. "Our SLS weighs only 3572 pounds," he says, nearly 300 pounds lighter than the McMerc. Keeping the 182.6-inch-long, two-seat SLS's mass in check is its entirely aluminum construction (save for that driveshaft and steel A-pillars), a first for Mercedes-Benz. The aluminum structure weighs just 531 pounds, Mercedes says.
The most distinctive aspect of the SLS's appearance is, of course, its roof-hinged gullwing doors, an homage to the iconic 300SL Gullwing. But AMG personnel took pains to point out that the doors are the only thing the SLS has in common with the 300SL. "We do not build a retro car at all!" AMG boss Volker Mornhinweg explains sharply. "In fact, we think it is the most advanced super sports car you can buy today."
Those gullwing doors look spectacular. Unlike with the original SL, where one had to slide over a wide sill because of the space-frame structure underneath, it's easy to access the SLS's cabin. There's only one issue: Riders need long arms to reach the distant handles at the bottom of each door to pull them closed.
The interior is simple and uncluttered, much like a current SL roadster's. While the car's structure is a pure AMG design, most of the parts, except for the shifter, are from the Mercedes bin. The instrument cluster is clear and easy to read, and we love the round HVAC vents. The center console has an aluminum finish, with carbon fiber an option.
Press the starter button on the center console, and the now-familiar, AMG-designed 6.2-liter V-8 awakens with an angry yelp. The idle is deep, and the revs rise and fall race-car swiftly. Code-named M159, the engine is basically a reengineered version of the M156 unit that's fitted to AMG's "63" models. The M159 comes with an all-new magnesium intake, forged pistons in place of cast ones, and optimized tubular Exhaust headers. The engineers also switched from a wet sump to a dry arrangement, allowing the engine to be mounted lower to benefit the SLS's center of gravity. The maximum output of 563 horsepower is delivered at 6800 rpm, and peak torque of 479 pound-feet comes at 4750 rpm.
In order to satisfy emissions standards—EU5, LEVII, ULEV—the Bosch ME 9.7 AMG engine management is set up to recharge the battery during deceleration. It's another way of trying to eke out decent fuel economy, which, based on Mercedes' European estimates, should equate to roughly 13 mpg city and 20 highway.
-Car and Driver, November 2009
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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the mighty 2012 Mercedes-Benz
SLS AMG. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior
of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting
unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the
details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A
thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall
appreciation of the vehicle.
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG vs 2007 Ferrari F430 Drag Racing Racelegal.com 6-29-2012
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Ferrari F430 vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG The body styling of the F430 was
revised from its predecessor, the Ferrari 360, to improve its aerodynamic
efficiency. Although the drag coefficient remained the same, downforce was
greatly enhanced. Despite sharing the the same basic Alcoa Aluminium
chassis, roof line, doors and glass, the car looked significantly different
than the 360. A great deal of Ferrari heritage was included in the exterior
design. At the rear, the Enzo's tail lights and interior vents were added.
The car's name was etched into the Testarossa-styled driver's side mirror.
The large oval openings in the front bumper are reminiscent of Ferrari
racing models from the 60s, specifically the 156 "sharknose" Formula One
car and 250 TR61 Le Mans cars of Phil Hill.
The F430 features a 4.3L V8 petrol engine derived from a shared
Ferrari/Maserati design. This new power plant was a significant departure
for Ferrari, as all previous Ferrari V8s were descendants of the Dino
racing program of the 1950s. This fifty year development cycle came to an
end with the entirely new 4.3L, the architecture of which is expected to
replace the Dino-derived V12 in most other Ferrari cars. The engine's
output specifications are: 490 PS (360 kW; 483 hp) at 8500 rpm and 465 N·m
(343 lb·ft) of torque at 5250 rpm, 80% of which is available below
3500rpm. Despite a 20% increase in displacement, engine weight grew by only
4 kg and engine dimensions were decreased, for easier packaging. The
connecting rods, pistons and crankshaft were all entirely new, while the
four-valve cylinder head, valves and intake trumpets were copied directly
from Formula 1 engines, for ideal volumetric efficiency. The F430 has a top
speed of 196 mph It's five and a half feet long. It weighs 8.8 pounds.
Height of an adult female, weight of a gallon or so of gas—these are the
critical dimensions of the carbon-fiber driveshaft running between the
engine and the rear-mounted transaxle in the new Mercedes SLS AMG. We note
this here because, despite the car's retro-gullwing looks, the SLS is
utterly bleeding edge—both in terms of its technical attributes and what
it represents for Mercedes' in-house tuner. It is not simply a Mercedes
with bigger wheels and a breathed-upon V-8 or V-12. It is, down to its
churning carbon-fiber core, AMG's first dedicated automobile and the very
antithesis of the overly complex and overweight half. The SLS is a serious
super sports car," says AMG chief of development Tobias Moers before taking
a shot at the SLR, a carbon-fiber-bodied car that still managed to weigh in
at 3858 pounds. "Our SLS weighs only 3572 pounds," he says, nearly 300
pounds lighter than the McMerc. Keeping the 182.6-inch-long, two-seat SLS's
mass in check is its entirely aluminum construction (save for that
driveshaft and steel A-pillars), a first for Mercedes-Benz. The aluminum
structure weighs just 531 pounds, Mercedes says.
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2012 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG V12 Biturbo Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
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AMG. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of
this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique
styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details
of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A thorough
tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall
appreciation of the vehicle.
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Campagna T-Rex 14RR--D&M Motorsports Video Review and Test Drive
A wild ride in the Campagna T-Rex 14RR from D&M Motorsports. Hosted by
The oddly named Campagna T-rex is part bike, part car and wholly insane. It
uses the engine and gearbox from a Kawasaki motorbike, and the six-speed
sequential gearbox channels the 1.4-litre engine's 187bhp through -- get
this -- a single rear wheel. Oh, and the whole thing weighs well under half
a tonne, or about half the weight of a Lotus Elise.
At least that rear wheel is a decent size, though, for while the front
wheels are clothed in a pair of relatively diminutive 205/45 ZR16 tyres,
the rear gets rather more chunky 285/40 ZR17 rubber. This gives the T-rex
at least a fighting chance of getting its power down on a damp road
What's it like?
Like nothing else you're ever likely to experience. There are none of your
conventional niceties such as a windscreen or even doors, but the overall
impression is nevertheless that of being in a car.
The power delivery isn't exactly car-like, however. The motorbike engine
revs hyperactively all the way to 11,000rpm, with the bulk of the power not
arriving until well north of 7000rpm.
If you haven't gathered already, this is a seriously fast machine. And it's
not for the faint-hearted, either. Although the manic engine begs you to
drive this car hard, doing so requires prudence.
Push the T-rex too hard on the exit of a damp bend, and the combination of
the short wheelbase and a surfeit of power over traction means you'll have
to be quick and accurate with the opposite lock to avoid a spin.
Beware coming down through the sequential 'box, too: if you fail to match
the revs to the engine speed, you'll lock the rear wheel and could quickly
find yourself pointing towards a nearby hedge instead of heading towards
the apex of the corner.
Treat the T-rex with respect, however, and you'll find that it corners fast
and flat, and that you can blat between the corners with the verve of a
Should I buy one?
If you like motoring experiences raw, fast and ever-so-slightly scary, then
yes. The T-rex is a genuinely thrilling machine, but it's not without its
The little air deflector does an excellent job of keeping the wind out of
your face, but it hampers forward visibility. Also, despite the fact that
the car is clearly aimed at the track day market, I couldn't fit in with a
helmet on without banging it on the rollover bar.
You might recall the early days of the T-Rex's existence—perhaps during
its few rap-music video appearances in the 1990s—but since Canadian
company Campagna Motors acquired the rights to manufacture it as of
September 2008, the T-Rex 1400R looks to hit the street scene again with
new improvements and intentions.
The 1400 in the T-Rex name, as one would correctly assume, follows the
usual motorcycle nomenclature and is indicative of the engine's
displacement in cubic centimeters. The 1.4-liter inline-4 is borrowed from
a Kawasaki ZX-14 Supersport bike, as is much of the hardware including its
sequential gearbox, gauges and ancillary controls. Don't let the diminutive
size of this naturally aspirated engine fool you, it cranks out an
impressive 197 bhp and 114 lb.-ft. of torque as it screams towards an
exospheric redline at 11,500 rpm. The engine's peak torque occurs at 7500
rpm, which delivers a mid-range power punch much like a 2-stroke, but with
far greater driveability. The engine is mounted mid-ship between the main
body and rear swing arm, favoring weight balance to the front by 6 percent.
The purpose built tube-chassis is covered with a fiberglass body that
incorporates a roof with an integrated ram-air intake scoop, side ducting
to a central radiator and, of course, the T-Rex's somewhat prehistoric-era
Ingress/egress is not for the impatient or non-athletic, meaning if you
have issues getting into a Lotus Elise, you probably won't be too fond of
this thing either. It's best to remove the steering wheel first (as in an
open-wheel car) which releases from its hub via an NRG twist-lock
connector. The seats and pedal cluster have slide bars with lock pins that
make them manually adjustable, but will require you to hop in and out a few
times to get them exactly right.
Once you're situated and strapped in with the traditional 3-point belt, the
engine is brought to life as it would be in a motorcycle—turn the key,
flip the ignition switch and push the starter. Start up is surprisingly
mellow and neighborhood friendly, as the dual-can Exhausts actually do what they're supposed to.
The driving controls are primarily car, meaning there's three pedals, a
gear shift, a steering wheel linked to a non-assisted rack and pinion and
no need for prior motorcycle experience (or a license for that matter) to
operate it. Lane-change signals and horn control is retained on the
motorcycle stalks while reverse is the only real oddity, handled with a
lever beside your left thigh that mechanically switches the direction the
Mercedes SLS AMG & Ducati 1198 SP from a bikers point of view
Ducati's ultimate evolution of the 1198, the SP, takes on the 571bhp
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. MCN Road Tester Michael Neeves takes a look at the
world's most powerful production V8 supercar through the eyes of a biker.
Is it really that fast? Does it compare to the superbike?
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