For the first time, an electrically-powered series production vehicle has lapped the Nürburgring Nordscheife in under eight minutes, and much to Audi’s chagrin it’s…
With McLaren’s 12C now packing 616bhp, and the latest super sports cars from Ferrari and Dodge offering 651bhp – in the F12 Berlinetta, and 631bhp in the SRT Viper, AMG’s range-topping SLS gull-wing model was beginning to look a little ordinary.
I’ve been racking my brains trying to think of another customer race car, that’s produced with all the ‘special touches’ of a limited-edition road car, but is in fact designed solely for the race track.
I can’t decide what to be more impressed by, the predictable trajectory of golfer Jake Shepherd’s swing, or former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard’s ability to spot the ball while driving at 120 mph in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster.
With a power output of 621 bhp and 1000 Nm (737 lb ft) of torque, you could be forgiven for thinking those are the most significant numbers attached to Mercedes’ new V12-engined SL65 roadster, but owners will quickly discover that the car’s depreciation is far more brutal.
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.
Later on this afternoon you’ll be able to answer the question, “Am I as quick as an F1 driver?”, as thousands of gamers compete on Gran Turismo 5 (GT5) against ex-F1 driver David Coulthard, who will be driving a 6.2-litre V8 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG around a real track.
It’s the German Grand Prix this weekend and amongst all the promotional activities surrounding the event, one in particular stands out – especially if you’re a proud German motorsport fan.
Agency Jung Von Matt in Hamburg have put together a series of 3 print ads to be used in promoting the £169,000 563bhp Mercedes SLS AMG. The gullwing (or roadster) SLS AMG, unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show, is Mercedes first supercar since the SLR which was the result of a collaboration between Mercedes and McLaren.
I must admit I’ve never been a fan of the gullwing doors on the SLS AMG, they add complexity where it really wasn’t needed and distract from the SLS AMG’s virtues as a driving machine. The New SLS AMG Roadster, that Mercedes officially revealed this morning, returns to a more purist design with the added bonus of releasing more of the AMG 6.3-litre V8’s wonderful sound for the enjoyment of its driver and passenger.
Like me, it probably hadn’t occurred to you that in order for Mercedes to create a roadster version of its popular SLS AMG, it would need to lose the gullwing doors. Okay, it sounds obvious now that I’ve said it, but it still seemed something of a surprise to hear Mercedes announcing as a revelation that the SLS AMG Roadster had proven to be stable even without the gullwings.
BMW Motorsport claimed victory in today’s season opening VLN race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, finishing first and second overall. Jörg Müller, Augusto Farfus and Uwe Alzen drove the winning no.42 BMW M3 GT, whilst Dirk Müller, Dirk Werner and Andy Priaulx brought the no.43 car home second, 51 seconds behind its sister car after four hours of running.