The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has gained a number of upgrades for 2013, including the GT moniker. Now, the automaker has shown off the veritable bedroom-wall-poster car in a slew of new images.
Besides the new name – the supercar is now called the SLS AMG GT – the boffins at AMG have also seen fit to boost the power rating of the flagship Mercedes. While torque from the naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 engine is the same 479 lb-ft as the 2012 model, horsepower is up by 20 to a total of 583 hp. Maximum velocity hasn’t increased from last year’s 197 mph, but the dash from 0 to 60 mph has fallen by a tenth of a second to 3.6 seconds. The seven-speed automatic has been revised, with manual-mode shift times “significantly” shortened and a more pronounced double-declutching function. The AMG Adaptive Performance suspension has been stiffened up with a more aggressive spring/damper tuning, rounding out the SLS’ upgrades under the skin.
Aesthetically, the SLS AMG GT Coupe and Roadster now wear darkened headlights and red brake calipers along with the same 10-spoke forged alloy wheels wrapped in 265/35R19 rubber up front and 295/30R20 in back as before. Inside, the standard designo interior package can be had with quilted leather in three new color combinations: mocha brown/porcelain, grey/porcelain, and mystic red/porcelain.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT goes on sale later this fall, but U.S. pricing has yet to be announced. The 2012 Coupe started at $192,175 and the Roadster at $198,675 (both prices with destination); European pricing for the 2013 GT Coupe starts at €204,608 ($267,018) and €213,010 ($277,983) for the Roadster.