Ahead of it’s official debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the drop top version of 2012 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG has now been unveiled with technical specifications. The 2012 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG is the drop top version of the flagship gullwing coupe. Mercedes Benz claims that the fabric top of the SLS AMG Roadster takes just 11 seconds to go from wind-in-your-hair motoring to soft top and vice versa with this process being possible up to speeds of 50 kph. Usage of high strength but lightweight aluminum for the body and chassis has led to the roadster being only 40 kilos heavier than the coupe at 1660 kg.
The 2012 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster can cut air at an electronically limited 315 Kmph while the nought to hundred time will take just 3.8 seconds. To do all this and then some more, the SLS AMG Roadster’s bonnet encloses a 6.3 litre V8 petrol engine, the same one as in the Coupe version. With 571 thoroughbred German stallions at your right foot, performance comes effortlessly to this big V8 engine as 650 Nm of twist is available at 4750 rpm. Transmitting all this power and torque to terra firma is an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT seven-speed sports transmission and the engine, true to it’s racing genes uses dry sump lubrication.
The SLS AMG Roadster also comes with 3 suspension settings and hence the driver can choose from comfort, sport and spot plus modes for optimum ride quality or outright handling. Reminiscent of the iconic Mercedes 300 SL Roadster, the SLS AMG Roadster can be specified with a host of interior finishes ranging from fine leather finishes to an optional carbon fiber finish. Also, the dashboard’s multimedia interface displays almost every parameter of the car down to the engine oil temperature to make for an aircraft like cockpit feel. Scheduled to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year, India too might be getting a few of these beauties for those who can afford the 2 Crore plus price tag as it’s coupe sibling is already available in India.