2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

May 16th, 2011 by By auto # Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz after the debut of SLS AMG supercar is now launching new models in 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. Less strength in the in the roof doesn’t really mean anything to the performance levels. In fairness, just like most convertibles, the track isn’t going to be the best place for you to enjoy it but that’s not really a surprise. There’s actually one really good thing about the SLS AMG becoming a roadster in how there’s no need to consider the flashness of Gullwing doors and even that has been slightly diminished.

The cache of official photos released by the PR team in Stuttgart show the drop-top take on the SLS wearing light camouflage, but there’s really very little to hide. Below the beltline, the Roadster is almost identical to its coupe sibling (563-hp, 6.2-liter V-8, rear-wheel-drive, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and so on). Above that point, the revisions are quite predictable: in lieu of the fixed metal roof and distinctive upward-opening doors, the Roadster uses a retractable folding soft top and conventional, front-hinged doors.

Despite clipping the wing-shaped portals, AMG engineers insist they had to change precious little in order to orchestrate a convertible SLS. Unlike the original 300 SL, the SLS was designed from square one to accommodate both coupe and convertible body styles; subsequently, both cars incorporate a number of tricks (i.e. thick side sills, etc.) to increase stiffness. Additional reinforcements are added to the Roadster’s spaceframe, but are limited to supports beneath the windshield and around the transmission tunnel, a strut mounting stay installed between the soft top assembly and the fuel tank, and a cross member placed behind the front seats — the latter providing a mounting point for both pop-up rollover protection and a subwoofer sourced from Bang & Olufsen.

Daimler notes the convertible’s bodyshell itself weighs only six pounds more than the SLS coupe, but the company doesn’t provide a curb weight for the completed vehicle. Although the cloth top is inevitably lighter than a folding hardtop design, expect the Roadster’s heft to still eclipse the coupe’s 3573 pounds, if ever so slightly. Mercedes-Benz says top speed is still electronically limited to 197 mph, but the Roadster’s sprint from 0-60 mph may take a little longer than the coupe, which completes the run in3.8 seconds.

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