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2013 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Review

(0 Stars)  The essence of AMG.

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New For 2013
Last year’s SLS AMG has been replaced by the SLS AMG GT. The implications for the prospective owner are about as serious as adding two letters to the car’s name, though. The transmission has been recalibrated, the suspension has been retuned, and the engine now makes 20 more hp. A well-trained eye will also pick up on darkened headlamp housings and taillights, gloss black finish on the mirror caps and grille, and GT badging.
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. The coupe’s gull-wing doors hark back to the 300SL, but the SLS replaced 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 is 583 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The SLS is a bit lighter than the SLR was 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. Last year, the coupe was joined by a convertible that trades the gull-wing doors for a folding fabric roof. 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 AMG GT’s balance is brilliant, its steering is quick and accurate, and its brakes are instantly responsive and fade resistant.

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2013 Roadster Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 6.2L V 8 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 13 MPG city, 19 MPG highway, 15 MPG combined and 337 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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'13 Mercedes Roadster Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Keyless Entry
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Power Windows
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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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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Limited Slip Differential
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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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Heated Front 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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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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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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