The Mercedes SLS Roadster AMG was unveiled by Mercedes-Benz via press release on May 5, 2011. Mercedes SLS Roadster retains the same specifications, dimensions and drivetrain as the Coupe but is a more traditional convertible with a power folding fabric top and conventional doors. Unlike its historical role model, however, the SLS AMG won’t be entirely replaced by the Mercedes SLS Roadster version. Rather, it will be complemented by the Mercedes SLS Roadster, with both cars being sold alongside each other.
The Mercedes SLS Roadster AMG standard transmission is AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission through a lightweight carbon fiber driveshaft in a transaxle arrangement. Selectable driving modes in the Mercedes SLS Roadster include “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport plus) or “M” (Manual) but a true manual transmission is not available. While AMG is starting to replace its high-revving, naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 with the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 (as seen in the S- and CL-classes), we suspect that the Mercedes SLS Roadster will keep the crazy 563-hp 6.2, which produces 479 lb-ft of torque.
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Mercedes has caused history to repeat itself as they have come out with a roadster version for one of their popular coupes, the Mercedes SLS Roadster. In terms of design, the 2012 Mercedes SLS Roadster version will remain faithful to the coupe version. As with the coupe version, the 2012 Mercedes SLS Roadster will target models like the Ferrari 458 Italia and the McLaren MP4-12C in their convertible versions. The 458 Italia Spyder will feature the same 4,499 cc V8 engine found in the coupe version which delivers 570 HP at 9,000 rpm and 398 lb-ft of torque at 6000 rpm and is mated to an F1 dual-clutch gearbox.
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