2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT: More Power and More Control? - Ignition Episode 54 Motor Trend.
The SLS AMG, as if we need to remind you, is fast and quite sporty. The SLS AMG GT? Besides an alphabetical mouthful, you can consider it an SLS on uppers. It’s also the latest fruit of a variant-focused product strategy for the AMG supercar that saw the standard car joined shortly after launch by a roadster. This new GT version, which supplants the non-GT here but augments it in Europe, is an attempt to make both SLS coupe and convertible more track ready, more hardcore. (If it’s not brutal enough, allow us to point you to the SLS AMG GT3.)
Our now-departed regular-grade SLS had 563 hp from its high-revving, naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8, enough to get the car to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds in our testing. The GT gets 20 more hp for a total of 583. (Torque stands pat at 479 lb-ft.) Only those who notice the matte-black-trimmed wheels and subtle GT lettering appended to the decklid logo will know you’re packing that little bit of extra ammo.
Top speed remains a lofty 197 mph, another beer-soaked statistic relevant only to a select few owners, given the speed limits in most SLS markets.
More of a Head-turner
Mercedes has also focused attention on giving the SLS AMG GT Coupe and Roadster more of a visual kick. The GT variant now features red brake calipers and darkened headlights and taillights. And if you like red, then you’ll love the changes inside. The cockpit includes red seatbelts, red-trimmed floormats and contrasting red stitching on the dashboard, center console and seats.