AMG has been producing racing versions of Mercedes-Benz cars and high performance street machines for over four decades. That tradition continues with the unveiling today in Mexico of a GT3 spec version of the new SLS gullwing coupe. Sales will start this fall and AMG hopes to have the homologation process completed in time for the 2011 race season.
The GT3 SLS will use the same 6.3-liter V8 as the road car, but the FIA will determine its final output for racing. The aerodynamic enhancements are the big news here, with changes to the bodywork evident all over. The front end features a deep carbon fiber splitter that's only bested by the large rear wing out back. The hood sports a large cooling event and there are air intakes for brake cooling in the side skirts and cooling vents in the fenders behind the front wheels as well. Other race-spec features include a smooth underbody, rear diffuser, central-locking wheels and fuel filler pipes in the C-pillar.
Given the racing heritage of the original SL from the 1950s, seeing a gullwing back racing on the track will be the best kind of déjà vu for fans of the three-pointed star.
2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG F1 Safety Car
Some say the Mercedes SLS AMG can fly to the top of buildings without even
flapping its gullwings. All we know is, at 571 HP, it's the most powerful
F1 safety car... in the world... since the last one.
According to the press release from Mercedes this morning, the SLS AMG F1
safety car is "The most powerful Official F1™ Safety Car of all time" as
it takes the lead ahead of the F1 pack on cautions for the 2010 season.
Sorta hard to knock that assessment given the power output from the monster
6.3-liter V8 under the hood. That kind of power'll probably leave every
other safety car in the dust.
Except, we don't know how much more they can tout the SLS AMG over other
safety cars. Especially as AMG, the in-house Mercedes up-powering shop has
continuously provided the official F1 safety car for the past 14 years.
That's right, the gullwing bird o' prey replaces the SL 63 AMG, used as the
Official F1 Safety Car in 2008 and 2009, which replaced the CLK 63 AMG used
in 2006 and 2007, which replaced the SLK 55 AMG used in 2004 and 2005, and
so on... But whatever, it's all about the marketing.
Audi S3 vs. Mercedes A45 AMG - Test it
Eigentlich sind sie doch unsere heimlichen Traumautos. Kompakt und
vernünftig mit viel Dampf, um ab und zu den Hobby-Schumi raushängen zu
können. Der Audi S3 und der Mercedes A 45 AMG sind dazu wie gemacht.
Besonders der AMG mit dem stärksten Serien-Vierzylinder-turbomotor, 360 PS und Allradantrieb ist für die
Kurven der Silvretta-Hochalpenstrasse wie gemacht. Aber auch der 300 PS
Audi S3, eher der elegantere und gediegenere der beiden Kontrahenten ist
verbessert worden und steht dem A in Punkto Spaßfaktor in nichts nach.
Stefan Wagner hat sich die Kompakt-Knalltüten zur Brust genommen.
2012 Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe Black Series Fire Opal
The new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series: The most powerful
C-Class of all time
■AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine with a maximum output of 380 kW (517 hp)
■Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds
■Adjustable AMG coil-over sports suspension as standard
■Optional AMG Track package with sports tyres
■Optional AMG Aerodynamics package
■AMG Performance Media as an extra highlight
Spectacular design, technology transfer from the world of motorsport and
driving dynamics at the highest level. The new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG
Coupé Black Series embodies the AMG brand claim of "Driving Performance"
like no other AMG model. With a maximum output of 380 kW (517 hp) and a
maximum torque of 620 Newton metres, the new high-performance vehicle is
the most powerful C-Class of all time. Hefty torque, tremendous pulling
power and an agile response are guaranteed thanks to the AMG 6.3-litre V8
engine, which accelerates the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series to a speed of
100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, and takes it on to a top speed of 300 km/h
Exclusive fun at the wheel comes courtesy of the adjustable AMG coil-over
sports suspension, the AMG high-performance composite braking system, and
the functional equipment available as standard. The AMG Track package is
available as an option to enhance driving dynamics even further, and boasts
sports tyres and active rear-axle transmission cooling. Plus there is also
the AMG Aerodynamics package including flics, a functionally tuned front
splitter and an adjustable carbon-fibre rear aerofoil.
Appearance reminiscent of the SLS AMG GT3 customer sports car
Broad, low, powerful and ready to pounce from a standstill -- the C 63 AMG
Coupé Black Series makes an impression. It is clearly made for ambitious
laps on a closed-off race track. In visual terms the new high-performance
vehicle is reminiscent of the successful SLS AMG GT3 customer sports car
and symbolises the transfer of technology from the sphere of motorsport,
which has been part of the corporate philosophy of Mercedes-AMG GmbH for 44
With the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series, AMG is presenting an exciting sports
car for enthusiasts who are passionate about sports cars which are big on
this marks the impressive continuation of the Black Series strategy, which
began back in 2006.
Key data at a glance:
C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series
Displacement: 6208 cc
Bore x stroke: 102.2 x 94.6 mm
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Output: 380 kW (517 hp) at 6800 rpm
Max. torque: 620 Nm at 5200 rpm
Engine weight: (dry) 195 kg
Fuel consumption, NEDC combined:12.2 l/100 km
CO2 emissions 286 g/km
Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h: 4.2 s
Top speed: 300 km/h*
* electronically limited
Arrow-shaped front section with large cooling air openings
The new C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series displays its ties with motorsport from
every perspective. The arrow-shaped front section with the central Mercedes
star in the radiator grille is the visual synonym for its forwards thrust.
The air intakes in the striking front apron ensure reliable air flow
through the large cooling modules. Two openings in the aluminium bonnet
support the expelling of engine heat, whilst the struts positioned at an
angle in the front apron emphasise the vehicle's width. The black front
splitter located at the lower end helps to balance the vehicle
The expressive design continues in the side view: the newly developed front
axle with a greater track width calls for new wings, which have been
widened by 28 millimetres on each side. "6.3" logos give a nod to the sheer
power of the large-displacement eight-cylinder high-revving naturally
aspirated engine beneath the bonnet. Air outlets intimated behind the wheel
cut-outs call to mind powerful racing cars. The onlooker discovers black
inserts on the restyled AMG side skirts -- a look which continues the idea
of the front splitter. The rear wings have also been widened by 42
millimetres on each side, due to the greater track width of the rear axle.
Air openings are hinted at in front of the rear wheels, forming a fitting
2011 Mercedes SLS AMG - Laguna Seca Hot Lap
AMG test pilot and 5-time German Touring Car champion Bernd Schneider takes
the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for a hot
Shot By: Jim Gleason
Edited By: Jim Gleason
Mercedes SLS AMG Trailer
The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG is going to celebrate its world premiere at this
year's IAA in Frankfort. The super sportscar thrills with puristic design,
consequent lightweight construction and superb driving dynamics. Under the
bonnet of the gullwinged car there is an AMG 6.3 litre-V8-front-middle
engine working with 571 PS max. performance. Inspite of its sportiness the
car meets all the high demands towards safety and every-day-usability.