2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Mercedes is slowly releasing information and pictures of their new convertible supercar, the SLS AMG Roadster. This new car takes styling elements from the original SLS and the classic 300SL from the 1950’s. It will make its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show in the autumn.

The new AMG Roadster is similar in terms of technology to the Coupe and will therefore have the same 6.2-litre V8 engine developing a peak output of 563 HP and 479 pound feet of torque with a dry sump designed to keep maximum engine lubrication while it is taking fast corners similar to a race car. The transmission is a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox and rear-wheel drive. The new car has an aluminium space frame body which is only 2kg heavier than the coupe’s while overall weight has risen to 1660kg; 40kg more than the coupe.

The part of the car which will be most missed is the absence of the coupe’s defining elements, its gullwing doors. Although the driver will now be able to hear its glorious 6.2 AMG V8 much more clearly through the hood which is fabric. The hood will be available in red, black or beige and can be lowered in just 11 seconds, whilst moving at speeds up to 31mph.

The interior is again similar to the SLS Coupe but new features have been added such as Mercedes patented ‘Airscarf’ system that flows warm air around the neck of the driver to keep him or her warm while driving.

According to Mercedes-Benz and AMG the car has a 0-60mph time in 3.8 seconds and a top speed in excess of 180 mph. they suggest that this car will be perfect for trans-continental touring and perhaps trackdays. The touring nature of the car is made possible by the 173 litre boot just three litres down on the SLS Coupe.

Prices are estimated at £180,000, it will rival with the Audi R8 V10 Spyder, Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet and the Aston Martin DBS Volante.