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2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Review

(0 Stars)  Back to the future.

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Overview
The SLS AMG is the first Mercedes designed in-house by AMG, and it uses the well-known 6.2-liter V-8 from Mercedes' tuning division for propulsion. The coupe's gull-wing doors hark back to the 300SL, but the SLS replaces the more recent SLR. That car, produced in a joint venture with McLaren, cost nearly $500,000--or more than twice as much as the SLS--and didn't drive nearly as well. With dry-sump lubrication, revised camshafts and valves, and less restrictive intake and exhaust systems, the SLS V-8's peak output has been bumped to 563 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The SLS is also a bit lighter than its predecessor and features a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in place of the old five-speed torque converter automatic. The result is that the SLS is just as quick to 60 mph--Mercedes claims it can do the run in 3.6 seconds. To compensate for rigidity that was lost when the roof was chopped off, the roadster features thicker side sills, additional supports for the structural cross member at the base of the windshield frame, and a curved brace between the strut towers of the rear suspension. The SLS's balance is brilliant, its steering is quick and accurate, and its brakes are instantly responsive and fade-resistant. For 2012, a convertible SLS joins the gull-wing coupe.

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2012 Coupe Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 6.2L V- 8 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline:, 14 MPG city, 20 MPG highway, 16 MPG combined and 360 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
22.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 563 hp @ 6,800 rpm; 479 ft lb of torque @ 4,750 rpm

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'12 Mercedes Coupe Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Keyless Entry
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Power Windows
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Knee Air Bag
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Limited Slip Differential
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc Player
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DVD Entertainment
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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