The new 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG features a lightweight aluminum space-frame body with 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 2011 SLS AMG boasts ideal weight distribution of 47-53. Combined with double-wishbone sport suspension, its weight distribution and low center of gravity ensure race-car-like handling.
Weighing in at a lean 3,573 pounds, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in only 3.7 seconds, with 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 AMG 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.
In front, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG wheels are 9.5 inches wide, 19 inches in diameter, and are shod with 265 / 35 R 19 tires. The rear wheels measure 11.0 x 20 inches, with 295 / 30 R 20 tires that are nearly a foot wide. The 2011 SLS AMG tires use an exclusive rubber compound with grip on dry surfaces that’s comparable to today’s road racing tires, but with none of their disadvantages in the wet and cold.
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP)
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