The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has unveiled a mildly update version of its halo supercar, which from now on, will be known as the SLS AMG GT in both Coupé and Roadster body styles. Mercedes promises the new GT will offer “enhanced driving dynamics and even better race track performance” over the ‘standard’ SLS AMG, which the GT will replace.
The GT’s styling is slightly different to the current model, with darkened headlamps and taillights, red-painted brake calipers, a new black gloss finish for the grille trim, exterior mirrors and the fins on the bonnet and wings. Inside the cabin, the new model picks up an Alcantara door, seat and steering trim, along with piano black highlights and black instruments.
AMG engineers have primarily focused on mechanical tweaks and handling improvements, with power from the trusty 6.2-litre V8 engine up from 420 kW to 435 kW, although twist remains unchanged with 650 Nm of torque on tap.
Along with a faster AMG Speedshift 7-speed double-clutch transmission, featuring newly developed gear change functions and optimised transmission control, the V8 propels the SLS AMG GT from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds – (0.1 quicker than the current model). The SLS AMG GT will reach 200 km/h from a standing start in 11.2 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 317 km/h.
The new GT model is also fitted with AMG’s latest ‘Ride Control’ suspension, which offers stiffer spring and damper rates. Standard rubber includes 265/35 R19 tyres up front and 295/30 R20 tyres on the rear, which are wrapped around 10-spoke forged alloy wheels.
The Mercedes SLS AMG GT Coupé and Roadster are expected in showrooms in the new year, but there is no word on how many will head to South Africa.