2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG news, pictures, and information
The New Mercedes-Benz Supercar - SLS AMGThe all-new 2011 SLS AMG supercar is now the flagship of the auto 's broadest product lineup. The Mercedes-Benz design and performance standard-bearer, the limited-production gullwing coupe is the first-ever car designed and developed from the ground up by Mercedes-AMG, the company's high-performance division.
The new SLS AMG features a lightweight aluminum space-frame body wîth gullwing doors and a 563-horsepower dry-sump V8 engine. With its front-mid engine and rear-mounted, dual-clutch, seven-speed transaxle, the compelling SLS AMG boasts ideal weight distribution of 47-53. Combined wîth double-wishbone sport suspension, its weight distribution and low center of gravity ensure race-car-like handling.
SLS AMG Features Gullwing Doors and Aluminum Space FrameWhile its silhouette is defined by a long front hood, short body overhangs, low greenhouse and a short tail section, the stylistic highlight of the SLS AMG is unquestionably its gullwing doors. Along wîth a wide front grille wîth a large Mercedes-Benz star and a wing-like lamella, the new SLS AMG is reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwing coupe of the 1950s.
0-to-60 MPH in Less Than Four Seconds
Weighing in at a lean 3,573 pounds, the SLS AMG can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in only 3.7 seconds, wîth an electronically limited top speed of 197 mph. Designed from the ground up by AMG, the 6.3-liter V8 powerplant in the new Mercedes-Benz SLS represents an entirely new engine family, identified internally by the designation M159. Based on valuable insight from 40-plus years of motor racing, more than 120 components were redesigned in the development of the SLS AMG engine. With 563 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque, the engine is one of the world's most powerful naturally aspirated V8s in production.
Dry Sump Lubrication for Lower Center of Gravity
A dry-sump engine lubrication system - rare in the auto - along wîth a front-mid engine located well behind the front wheels, coupled wîth a rear-mounted transaxle, all contribute to impressive vehicle handling. Two oil pumps make it possible to store engine oil in a separate tank, eliminating a conventional oil pan or sump and allowing the engine to be positioned lower in the body for an extremely low center of gravity. More than 14 quarts of oil circulate through the SLS engine. A suction pump constantly scavenges oil from the bottom of the crankshaft chamber and the cylinder heads, pumping it into the oil tank in front of the engine. With no reservoir of oil at crankshaft level, this design actually adds horsepower by significantly reducing oil drag on the spinning crankshaft.
A second engine oil pump draws oil out of the tank and pressure-feeds it throughout the engine to lubricate the bearings. When oil travels to one side during hard cornering, conventional lubrication systems can lose oil pressure and damage the engine, but the SLS two-pump system wîth its remote reservoir ensures a reliable supply of oil even under extreme lateral loads.
Lightweight Forged Pistons
Forged aluminum pistons are another special feature of the SLS engine. Stronger than conventional cast pistons, forged pistons are also 1.1 pounds lighter. Metered nozzles in the crankcase spray cooling oil on the underside of the pistons.
One Man, One Engine - Individual Hand Craftsmanship
|Engine : 6.2 L., 8-cylinder|
Power: 563 hp
Torque: 479 ft-lbs
Rear-Mounted AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT Transmission
The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG features an all-new AMG SPEEDSHIFT dual-clutch seven-speed transaxle, essentially a manual gearbox wîth computer-controlled automatic shifting and two clutches that control odd and even gears. Designed for full-power shifting, the new transaxle is incorporates a rear final drive, differential and a mechanical differential lock.
Its rear-mounted transmission and final drive help provide ideal 47-53 front-rear weight distribution - a key factor contributing to the car's outstanding handling. The aluminum transaxle is solidly connected to the engine by a torque tube in which a carbon-fiber driveshaft rotates at engine speed.
Dual-Clutch Seven-Speed Gearbox
The two clutches control power to shafts that hold seven pairs of drive gears. One shaft holds all the odd-numbered gears, and the other shaft has the even-numbered gears. As a result of this design, shifts can be made without interrupting power by electronically applying one clutch exactly when the other is being disengaged. The next gear is always pre-selected electronically while its clutch is disengaged, making it ready for an instant, full-power shift as soon as its clutch is engaged.
Instant Shifts, Computer-Enhanced
Mounted on the center console, a small T-handle serves as an electronic shift lever for the AMG E-DRIVE unit, which also includes a shift mode knob and buttons for choosing ESP and AMG driving modes, starting the engine and raising the rear wing. One touch back on the T-handle engages drive, while a touch forward engages reverse. When the car is stopped, pushing the 'P' button engages the park lock, which also happens automatically whenever the engine is turned off.
The rotary knob on the AMG E-DRIVE unit can select the RACE START feature and four drive modes - Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Manual. AMG shift paddles on the back of the §teering wheel control manual shifting. An automatic rev-matching feature makes downshifting the SLS AMG smooth, yet even more satisfying. Rev-matching automatically meters engine speed so that downshifts are load-free - no lunging or jerking, even in power-on turns or heavy braking.
Forged Aluminum Double Wishbone Suspension
Complementing its prodigious power, the SLS AMG suspension features double wishbones and track rods at all four wheels - an uncompromising technology that has proven itself in racing, right up to Formula One competition.
Únlike strut-type suspensions, the shock absorber in a double-wishbone arrangement does not perform double duty to help locate the wheel, making the suspension stronger and allowing the shock absorber to work independent of any wheel deflection. All eight wishbones and the four §teering knuckles are made of forged aluminum, minimizing unsprung weight, which improves suspension and §teering response. To minimize body roll during hard cornering, a thick but lightweight tubular stabilizer bar is fitted up front, while the rear suspension comes wîth a solid, two-piece bar.
Two-Piece AMG Disc Brakes
To balance its high-speed capability, the SLS AMG comes wîth vented disc brakes that are grooved and perforated all around. Proven on AMG race cars, two-piece (compound) front brake discs 'float' on stainless-steel pins connected to aluminum hubs. This two-piece design reduces weight and transfers less of the intense braking heat that other-wise finds its way to wheel bearings. Fixed brake calipers (six-piston up front and four-piston at the rear) grab the discs for a force of 1,109 horsepower under full braking from 155 mph to zero.
An SLS AMG can be ordered wîth optional ceramic disc brakes, which are identified by their gold calipers wîth 'AMG Carbon Ceramic' logos. Made of a carbon-fiber-reinforced ceramic material, the ceramic discs are much harder than conventional ones. This not only increases service life, but also enhances durability under high heat and extreme loads, for even shorter stopping distances and higher fade resistance under extreme conditions. While they utilize the same two-piece floating layout as the standard SLS AMG disc brakes, the ceramic discs are even larger, and their total braking force is also higher. In addition, the ceramic discs are 40 percent lighter than conventional brakes, further reducing unsprung weight and enhancing suspension and §teering response.
Flow-Formed Light-Alloy AMG Wheels
The alloy wheels on the SLS AMG use an innovative flow-forming process that compresses and strengthens the area around the rim, allowing for thinner contours and reduced weight. As a result, each SLS wheel is about 2.4 pounds lighter than a conventional alloy wheel, further reducing unsprung weight and, in turn, enhancing suspension and §teering response.
In front, the SLS AMG wheels are 9.5 inches wide, 19 inches in diameter, and are shod wîth 265 / 35 R 19 tires. The rear wheels measure 11.0 x 20 inches, wîth 295 / 30 R 20 tires that are nearly a foot wide. The SLS AMG tires use an exclusive rubber compound wîth grip on dry surfaces that's comparable to today's road racing tires, but wîth none of their disadvantages in the wet and cold.
Hand-Stitched designo Leather Interior
Echoing the gullwing doors, an aviation theme is carried into the interior by a wing-like dash, four turbine-look dash air vents, concave door panels, aviation cockpit gauges and center console. Angled toward the driver, the AMG E-DRIVE unit on the console holds the electronic shift lever -- a 'T' handle that recalls a jet's thrust control - and knobs and buttons for operating key drive systems. The dash, seats, door panels and arm rests are upholstered in hand-stitched designo leather. The headliner, roof pillars and rear shelf are finished in Alcantara, while the floor and lower part of the rear wall are covered in short-pile carpeting.
Lending an authentic racing flair to the cockpit, a three-spoke contoured §teering wheel is wrapped in perforated nappa leather wîth a vertical metal double spoke. The 14.4-inch wheel includes metal paddles for manual shifting and a flattened section at the bottom for more knee and leg room. The §teering wheel features multi-function rocker buttons that allow drivers to operate audio, phone, voice control and navigation from the §teering wheel as well as a versatile main menu in the dash display.
Versatile Dash Displays
Two silver gauges wîth red needles indicate engine speed and vehicle speed, wîth smaller displays within the gauges for fuel level and engine oil temperature. Between the gauges, a 4.5-inch screen displays gear selection, driving mode, outside temperature and clock. Above the display is a racing-type shift prompter - a group of LEDs showing ideal shift points that are visible in the driver's peripheral vision.
A Úser-Friendly COMAND system
A controller on the center console works like a computer mouse to operate a seven-inch color COMAND display at the top of the dash that controls the audio, telephone and navigation systems. A standard six-speaker audio system includes a 100-watt amplifier; a six-disc, in-dash CD / DVD player; and an AM, FM and weatherband tuner that's satellite-radio-ready.
A standard Bluetooth interface allows a phone still in a pocket or handbag to be operated through the audio system, and a six-gigabyte music server enables up to 1,000 music files to be stored in the car. The COMAND system is also equipped wîth a standard iPod/MP3 interface and an advanced voice control. Other features allow the navigation system to display SIRIÚS real-time traffic information and Zagat restaurant ratings.
Optional Bang&Olufsen Audio
An optional surround-sound audio system from the Danish specialist Bang&Olufsen was developed specifically for the SLS AMG. An amplifier wîth a total of 1,000 watts drives 11 speakers, and its digital sound processor (DSP) provides a choice of surround-sound or high-end studio sound, as well as sound focus positions for the driver, passenger or 'central.' This system includes two 250-watt subwoofers in the parcel shelf and illuminated 50-watt tweeters in the dash.
Luxurious Racing Seats
Designed to hug occupants but not be overly tight, high-bolstered SLS AMG seats are upholstered in premium designo leather wîth integral head restraints, an adjustable lumbar feature and power adjustments that are mounted on the bottom cushion. Standard equipment includes three-stage seat heating and memory buttons that can store seat, §teering wheel and outside mirror positions for three different people.
The SLS AMG comes wîth eight airbags - two-stage adaptive front air bags and knee air bags for the driver and passenger, as well as side air bags in the outer seat cushions to protect the chest and arms and, for head protection, window bags that deploy upward from the door sill.
The New Flagship of Mercedes-Benz Sports Cars
The gullwing SLS AMG is the new flagship of the Mercedes-Benz sports car line, making supercars more accessible to a larger group of discerning influencers and automotive enthusiasts. Representing the strengths of both Mercedes-Benz and AMG, it's clear that the new SLS AMG is a harbinger of the design philosophy for an entire generation of Mercedes-Benz sports cars to come.Source - Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Celebrates More Than 100 Years of Super Sports CarsEight Iconic Mercedes-Benz Autos at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Showcase a Tradition of Supercar Leadership
August 06, 2010 - Pebble Beach, CA
Mercedes-Benz celebrates its super sports car heritage wîth eight iconic vehicles on display at the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance weekend including a privately owned 1902 Simplex that is being driven 1,500 miles to Pebble Beach and a 300SLR 'Úhlenhaut Coupe' from the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. From August 12-15, 2010, the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge also showcases the entire line of E-Class vehicles, a Sony Gran Turismo 5 gaming sled, and Maybach display in addition to SLS AMG test drives and a selection of Mercedes-Benz Classic Center vehicles that are available for purchase.
Eight Super Sports Cars Span 108 Years of Mercedes-Benz History
Starting wîth a 1902 Mercedes Simplex, the lineup of super sports cars includes a 1929 SSK; 1952 W194 300SL; 1955 W196 300SLR 'Úhlenhaut Coupe;' 1956 W198 300SL; 1970 C111-II; 2011 SLS AMG; and the 2011 SLS AMG GT3 that is expected to hit race circuits later this year.
The Mercedes Simplex, first launched in 1902, quickly became the leading high-performance vehicle of its day, competing and winning numerous hill climbs and road races. With three horsepower ranges - 20, 28, and 40 - the Simplex was enjoyed in competition and leisure. The 1902 on display at the Star Lounge is fitted wîth a 28 horsepower engine and is the oldest known Simplex on the road today.
Built from 1928 to 1932, the Mercedes-Benz SSK, short for Super Sport Kurz, was loud and fast. Known as the 'White Elephant' for its brute force, the SSK had a commanding presence and dominated road races due to its shorter wheelbase, Roots blower, and large displacement 300 horsepower motor, which boasted an impressive top speed of 120 miles per hour.
The 1952 W194 300SL, built in just nine months, marked the debut of the SL moniker, meaning 'Sport'and 'Light.' While many chassis components were derived from a sedan model, its rigid tubular spaceframe forced developers to create its iconic 'gullwing' doors.
The 1955 300SLR 'Úhlenhaut Coupe,' named after Mercedes-Benz chief engineer, Rudolf Úhlenhaut, was a closed roof version of the famous 300SLR racecar, designed to provide the most comfort for demanding long-distance races. Only two Úhlenhaut Coupes were ever built as it debuted the same year that Mercedes-Benz discontinued its racing program.
The 1956 W198 300SL is the standard production version of the 1952 W194 racecar. Insipired by the race car's unique styling and impressive performance, the 300SL 'Gullwing' coupe was brought to market through the efforts of ÚSA-based Mercedes-Benz distributor Max Hoffman who guaranteed an order of 500 units. Built from 1954 to 1957, only 1400 300SL 'Gullwing' coupes were produced and today are one of the most sought after collectible vehicles.
Over a period of ten years from 1969-1979, Mercedes-Benz developed multiple C111 concept and experimental vehicles representing the future of Mercedes-Benz sports cars - where comfort, luxury and performance were not mutually exclusive. The C111 vehicles were a technological tour-de-force and claimed nine speed records. Several technical and safety innovations made their deput on the C111s ranging from ABS, advanced front suspension later integrated into the S-Class, and turbo diesel engines.
The tradition of developing super-sport cars throughout Mercedes-Benz history and setting new standards along the way continues wîth the 2011 SLS AMG, the first supercar produced entirely by AMG. The SLS AMG is a modern super sports car wîth exceptional comfort and timeless style wîth all of the luxury and safety features expected in a Mercedes-Benz. Its aluminum space-frame body, front-mid engine and rear-mounted transaxle provides a low center of gravity and race-car-like handling. The carbon-fiber driveshaft is mated to a 563-horsepower AMG V8 engine capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The performance is combined wîth luxury designo styled interior, full COMAND system and iconic gullwing doors, ushering in a new era of supercar leadership.
Displayed alongside the ÚS spec street version will be the 2011 SLS AMG GT3 racing version, which has been conceived as a customer sport vehicle for participation in race series based on FIA GT3 regulations. Meticulous lightweight construction and optimized chassis, brakes and aerodynamics, deliver uncompromising dynamics.
Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge
Positioned on the third fairway at Pebble Beach, the elegant Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge, a grand display distinguished by its transparent front entrance, provides a striking view of the Pebble Beach course and offers an interactive luxury experience for all ages. For those who want to continue driving a classic, the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center will have five elegant examples for purchase including: a fire engine red 1955 300SL Gullwing, a graphite grey 1956 300Sc Cabriolet wîth a dove grey interior, a strawberry red 1957 300SL roadster, a dark green 1966 230SL, and a moss green 1958 180D.
The Star Lounge is open to the public from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM Thursday, August 12th through Sunday, August 15th.Source - Mercedes-Benz
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