2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe - FROM $
With head-turning style and breathtaking performance, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT is an exotic supercar that's comfortable and practical enough for daily driving.
What's New for 2013
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT replaces the only incrementally less hard-core SLS AMG and adds more power, a more aggressive suspension and distinct styling cues.
On the surface, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT isn't much changed from the SLS AMG, the model it replaces. But underneath a bigger mouthful of alphabet soup, the SLS AMG GT gains a bit more power, revised suspension tuning and additional styling enhancements.
The 6.2-liter V8 carries over, but cranks out 20 more horsepower for a total of 583 hp. Torque remains consistent at 479 pound-feet. Power is still delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that AMG has tuned to deliver shorter shift times. More crucially, however, the suspension gets a thorough recalibration with stiffer, more aggressive spring and damper settings.
Forget the previously available "Comfort" suspension mode; the SLS AMG GT dispenses with it. The new adaptive suspension control offers a basic choice between aggressive and ridiculously track-ready aggressive. Mercedes says the collective upgrades push the SLS AMG GT from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds -- a couple tenths quicker than the current model -- on the way to a top speed of 197 mph. Looking for effortless light speed? The SLS AMG GT has it. Looking for comfort? Well, there's still the Mercedes SL65.
Styling changes are minor and include darkened headlights and taillights, red seatbelts and red contrast stitching throughout the cabin. An optional AMG designo Style package offers three different interior color combinations, diamond-quilt seats and door panel inserts, and extended leather on the dashboard and center console. Other options include AMG 10-spoke alloy wheels, carbon-fiber exterior mirrors and interior bits, carbon-ceramic composite brakes and a Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system.
Both coupe and roadster are expected to be on sale from mid-November. No U.S. pricing has been announced, but the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT will sell for the equivalent of $255,000 when it goes on sale in Germany in October. And in case you're finished with gasoline internal combustion engines, hang tight for the SLS AMG E-Cell, a fully electric version of the SLS expected in the next year or two.