Mercedes are offering some key additions to the SLS AMG’s suspension, to coincide with the introduction of the new Roadster at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. The new optional ‘AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension with adaptive damping’ will be available as a 2320.50 Euro option (approx £2,000) on both Roadster and gull-wing Coupé.
The new option when fitted is noticeable by a new E-SELECT lever with its embossed AMG emblem, but also a new shock absorber symbol in the AMG DRIVE UNIT. This symbolises the new AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension with variable, electronically controlled damping.
Depending on the driving situation, speed and road surface conditions, the system varies the damping characteristics and automatically reduces the body roll, providing the best possible agility matched with ride comfort.
There is a choice of three modes: “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport plus”. “Comfort” is automatically active whenever the engine is started, “Sport” mode is said to provide the best compromise between satisfactory suspension comfort, low body movements and high agility, whilst “Sport plus” is recommended for fast lap times on a race circuit.
Each mode is selected by pressing the the AMG DRIVE UNIT and the driver is able to store his personal setup using the AMG key in the AMG DRIVE UNIT, with a one-click press on the AMG symbol storing the currently selected suspension mode and also the selected transmission mode.
The new AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension is available on request for the SLS AMG Coupé and Roadster. Alternatively the gull-wing Coupé is available with the basic AMG suspension or the AMG Performance suspension, both without variable damping.
And there’s more..
Mercedes AMG will also be offering several other new options at Frankfurt – Blind Spot Assist which improves active safety on the gull-wing coupe, AMG 10-spoke forged wheels shod with 265/35 R 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 (rear) tyres, red-painted brake callipers and AMG high-gloss black trim which make for an even more exclusive SLS AMG.
And just in case you’re loving the AMG Sepang brown metallic paint in these photos, they’ll offer that for a mere 2439.50 Euros (approx. £2,100).
Single-tone or two-tone designo leather in espresso brown is also available as a new interior colour – this dark shade of brown perfectly matches the new Sepang brown metallic paint finish and will be of great benefit to anyone who regularly eats chocolate in the car.
The New (optional) AMG high-gloss black trim is an exclusive alternative to the standard centre console in solid metal or the optional carbon-fibre trim, and you’ll not be surprised to learn that this will also set you back around £2,000 (2320 Euros).