Exclusive line-up: seven SLS AMG models
Unrivalled variety of super sports cars
Mercedes-AMG GmbH is adding to its model range two dream cars that are entirely in a league of their own in the form of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series and the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive.
This means that the SLS AMG now comes in a total of seven different variants – an exceptional model diversity that no competitor is currently able to match.
AMG, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz Cars, is thereby once again demonstrating its expertise in the development of unique, high-performance cars, as well as its ability to cater closely to individual customer requests.
No matter whether it comes in the guise of the Coupé, Roadster, GT, Black Series variant, electrically powered gullwing model or thoroughbred GT3 racing version – the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is simply built to triumph.
First unveiled at the 2009 IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt/Main, the SLS AMG Coupé was the first car to be developed in-house by Mercedes-AMG. The sensational gullwing model was followed in 2011 by the open-top SLS AMG Roadster as well as the SLS AMG GT3 customer sport racing car.
The racing version of the gullwing car gave another stunning demonstration of its performance abilities in the 2012 motorsport season by racking up a total of nine championship titles and 43 race victories.
2012 marked the premiere of the SLS AMG GT, which is available in Coupé and Roadster versions, followed later by the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series and the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive.
This means that the model range has now grown to seven variants in all. Not only does Mercedes-AMG boast the widest model range in the super sports car segment, its diversity is also unprecedented and covers all manner of customer requirements and preferences. The power outputs of the road-going models range from 420 kW (571 hp) up to 552 kW (751 hp).
Production in Sindelfingen and Affalterbach
The specific assembly area for the SLS AMG is located in the largest Mercedes-Benz production plant in Sindelfingen. The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine comes directly from the AMG engine workshop in Affalterbach, where it is hand-assembled according to the traditional “one man, one engine” philosophy.
The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is being built in an exclusive production run directly at Mercedes-AMG company headquarters in Affalterbach, where a team of highly qualified specialists assemble the purely electrically powered super sports car by hand in a newly installed Manufaktur hand-finishing section.
An overview of all SLS AMG models
|Displace-ment||Output||Max. torque||Acceleration 0-100 km/h||Top speed|
|SLS AMG Coupé||V8||6208 cc||420 kW (571 hp) at 6800 rpm||650 Nm at 4750 rpm||3.8 s||317 km/h*|
|SLS AMG Roadster||V8||6208 cc||420 kW (571 hp) at 6800 rpm||650 Nm at 4750 rpm||3.8 s||317 km/h*|
|SLS AMG Coupé GT||V8||6208 cc||435 kW (591 hp) at 6800 rpm||650 Nm at 4750 rpm||3.7 s||320 km/h*|
|SLS AMG Roadster GT||V8||6208 cc||435 kW (591 hp) at 6800 rpm||650 Nm at |
|3.7 s||320 km/h*|
|SLS AMG Coupé Black Series||V8||6208 cc||464 kW (631 hp) at 7400 rpm||635 Nm at 5500 rpm||3.6 s||315 km/h|
|SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive||4 electric motors||–||552 kW (751 hp)||1000 Nm||3.9 s||250 km/h*|
|SLS AMG GT3||V8||6208 cc||approx. |
367 kW (500 hp)**
* electronically limited; ** depending on Balance of Performance; *** depending on transmission ratio
40 major accolades for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
The SLS AMG has succeeded in winning numerous comparison tests against a host of international competitors conducted by the world’s motoring press – both as the gullwing model and the Roadster.
Since its world premiere at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt in 2009 and the presentation of the SLS AMG Roadster in May 2011, the super sports car from Mercedes-AMG has picked up over 40 awards – including such major accolades as the “German Design Award”, the “Red Dot Design Award”, the “Golden Steering Wheel 2009”, the “iF product design award”, “Classic of the Future”, “Sports Car of the Year”, “Best Performance Car” and “Legends on Wheels”.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series and SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive will be celebrating their market launch in June 2013. The prices in Germany (incl. 19% VAT) will be:
SLS AMG Coupé Black Series:
SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive:
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series
GT3 performance for the road
Mercedes-AMG presents the high-end super sports car version of its gullwing model, the new SLS AMG Coupé Black Series. Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 racing version, the fifth Black Series model from Mercedes-AMG boasts an intoxicating mix of breathtaking design, outstanding driving dynamics and uncompromising lightweight construction in accordance with the “AMG Lightweight Performance” strategy.
With a DIN kerb weight of 1550 kilograms, the SLS AMG Black Series achieves a power-to-weight ratio of 2.45 kg/hp. The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine generates a power output of 464 kW (631 hp) at 7400 rpm and propels the most dynamic road-going gullwing model ever to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds.
A new AMG titanium sports exhaust system produces an emotion-stirring soundtrack to accompany the scintillating performance.
The AMG RIDE CONTROL performance suspension, the AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system and the weight-optimised forged AMG light-alloy wheels with newly developed sports tyres combine to raise the handling dynamics of the SLS AMG Black Series to new heights, helped by the electronically controlled AMG rear-axle differential lock and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission.
The AMG Aerodynamics package is optionally available to further boost the vehicle’s driving dynamics by optimising the aerodynamic balance and increasing downforce.
Black Series – a name that resonates with automobile experts and enthusiasts alike. Following on from the SLK 55 AMG Black Series from 2006, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series (2007), the SL 65 AMG Black Series (2008) and the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series (2011), the fifth exponent sees the Black Series entering a new dimension with the gullwing model.
“The new SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is a perfect study in the one hundred percent transfer of technology and engineering from motorsport to the road. We have drawn inspiration from the example set by the SLS AMG GT3 customer sport racing car, which has enjoyed tremendous success worldwide.
Boasting numerous lightweight components and sensational driving dynamics, our fifth Black Series model promises pure, unadulterated ‘Driving Performance’. The SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is the ultimate choice for extremely quick lap times and highly emotional driving experiences,” says Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
“The most dynamic road-going gullwing model of all time goes by the name of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series. Fans of high-performance super sports cars will be thrilled by its high-tech package. Its stirring performance and supreme driving dynamics are underpinned by the numerous new developments that have been incorporated into the engine, power transmission, suspension and aerodynamics, but also by us giving top priority to our “AMG Lightweight Performance” strategy.
Great efforts in the area of lightweight design have resulted in a DIN kerb weight of 1550 kilograms”, notes Tobias Moers, Head of Overall Vehicle Development and member of the Management Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine: a byword for thrilling driving dynamics
The uprated AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine generating an output of 464 kW (631 hp) and 635 Newton metres of torque is a byword for thrilling driving dynamics, and makes the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series the most powerful high-performance car from AMG with a combustion engine at present. Only the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive with a maximum output of 552 kW comes with greater power reserves.
The SLS AMG Coupé Black Series accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, and goes on to attain a top speed of 315 km/h. The additional 44 kW (60 hp) of power in comparison to the 420 kW (571 hp) offered by the SLS AMG has been achieved by the following measures:
- Increase in the maximum engine speed from 7200 to 8000 rpm
- Redesigned valve gear for high-revving engine with modified camshafts, adapted cam geometry as well as optimised bucket tappets featuring a special coating normally only used in motor racing
- Revised intake air ducting: dethrottling and adaptation to the new maximum engine speed
- Completely reconfigured belt drive system that is resistant to high rev speeds, including all ancillaries and guide pulleys
- Adjustment of the engine application and increase in peak pressure
The engineers at Mercedes-AMG have further optimised the crank assembly in the interests of optimum stability in tough racing use. The measures carried out here include modified oil bores in the crankshaft, new crankshaft bearings and high-strength screwed connections for the conrods.
The entire water and oil cooling system for the engine and transmission has also undergone further optimisation. The AMG V8 engine in the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is additionally provided with a special support system. A gas-filled strut braces the eight-cylinder engine against the body, effectively eliminating undesired load-change reactions during highly dynamic driving on the racetrack.
The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine is hand-built at the AMG engine workshop in Affalterbach according to the “one man, one engine” philosophy. This is verified by the black AMG engine badge bearing the responsible engine fitter’s signature that is a hallmark of the Black Series models.
The key data at a glance:
|SLS AMG Coupé Black Series|
|Bore x stroke||102.2 x 94.6 mm|
|Output||464 kW (631 hp) at 7400 rpm|
|Max. torque||635 Nm at 5500 rpm|
|Max. engine speed||8000 rpm|
|Engine weight (dry)||205 kg|
|Fuel consumption, NEDC combined||13.7 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions||321 g/km|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||3.6 s|
|Top speed||315 km/h|
Brand new and exceptionally light AMG titanium sports exhaust system
Placed in a front-mid position behind the front axle, the naturally aspirated eight-cylinder power unit delights with its racing car-like responsiveness and by building up high revs more eagerly than ever.
The mighty AMG V8 engine’s racetrack pedigree is clearly reflected in its acoustic performance, too: the fully redesigned AMG sports exhaust system, built from weight-saving titanium for the first time, produces a sensational soundtrack, with the free-revving naturally aspirated V8 unit hitting the high notes to even more striking effect than ever.
From 5500 rpm up to when the rev limiter cuts in at 8000 rpm especially, the high-revving concept makes its presence heard even more distinctly, allowing it to be experienced more intensely.
The higher frequency tone when accelerating at full throttle is reminiscent of the sound made by racing car engines. The SLS AMG Coupé Black Series meets all of the specific AMG requirements while still offering its occupants the comfort on long journeys that Mercedes is renowned for: when driving at a constant speed, the AMG V8 unit produces a more restrained sound.
The AMG sound specialists were able to achieve the challenging acoustic targets by conducting elaborate simulations and in-vehicle testing. The AMG titanium sports exhaust system employs pipes with a diameter of 70 millimetres together with specially designed centre and rear reflection silencers.
The system’s unique acoustic qualities are down in no small part to the special titanium alloy with its high thermal resistance. The switch from steel to titanium has furthermore spawned a substantial weight saving: at just under 17 kilograms, the new AMG sports exhaust system is around 13 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.
It continues to be fitted with the performance-enhancing exhaust headers used in the past. The presence of the AMG titanium sports exhaust system is given away by the two sets of chrome twin tailpipes with a square cross-section, which have been perfectly integrated into the rear apron with its black diffuser insert.
Systematic application of the AMG Lightweight Performance strategy
Lightweight through and through: with a kerb weight of 1550 kilograms (DIN), the new SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is not only 70 kilograms lighter than the SLS AMG, but also attains the best power-to-weight ratio of all AMG Black Series models to date by far.
The figure of 2.45 kg/hp is impressive even by super sports car standards. Such a low ratio is made possible by systematic application of the “AMG Lightweight Performance” strategy.
Numerous body elements, such as the bonnet, the rear panel behind the AMG sports bucket seats, the diagonal braces on the underbody and the torque tube between engine and transmission, are made entirely of the motorsport material carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic, or CRP for short. In contrast to its 26.6-kilogram counterpart with sand-cast aluminium housing, the carbon-fibre torque tube weighs just 13.3 kilograms.
As previously, power transmission between the engine and the dual clutch transmission, which is flange-mounted on the rear axle (transaxle principle), is effected by means of a CRP drive shaft weighing only 4.7 kilograms.
A number of parts on the aluminium spaceframe have also been replaced by CRP components. A lithium-ion battery which is used in place of the conventional starter battery saves a further eight kilograms.
Optimised dual clutch transmission for even more emotion-stirring dynamism
The overall power transmission system is also a major contributory factor to the outstanding driving dynamics of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission is installed ten millimetres lower in order to achieve a lower centre of gravity for the vehicle and is braced against the body by means of gas-filled struts to eliminate load-change effects.
The dual clutch transmission features four driving modes (C, S, S+ and M): “Sport plus” and “Manual” in particular provide for even sportier performance than with the SLS AMG and SLS AMG GT models.
In addition to shortened shift times, the reduced response time to shift commands from the driver and the precisely defined shift firmness translate into pure dynamism and an emotion-charged driving experience.
An even more thrilling feature is the automatic double-declutching function during downshifting: the throttle blips when shifting gear are more pronounced and, thanks to the AMG titanium sports exhaust system, more distinctly audible than ever. The SLS AMG Coupé Black Series once again sets new standards here.
There is also a new “temporary M mode”. In C, S or S+ mode, this enables the driver to activate manual mode without having to remove a hand from the steering wheel by simply flicking the “up” or “down” shift paddle once.
In temporary M mode, the driver can experience all the dynamism and performance of gearshifts in the modified manual programme in any of
the automatic drive modes, with the added benefit of automatic up- and downshifting.
This allows the driver to devote his full attention to savouring the vehicle’s stunning performance. The temporary M mode offers the best of both worlds: regardless of the currently activated drive mode, drivers can enjoy combining automated gearshifts and manual shift commands with the paddles as they please.
The system deactivates the temporary M mode and reverts to the drive mode last activated (C, S or S+) fully automatically as a function of the current driving situation.
New, electronic AMG rear-axle differential lock
A newly developed, electronically controlled AMG rear-axle differential lock with a shorter final-drive ratio replaces the mechanical variant; it is integrated in the compact transmission housing.
This system operates with a variable locking effect in acceleration and overrun mode; in addition, the electronics respond more sensitively than previously, enabling excellent traction for the driven wheels at all friction levels.
The electronic AMG rear-axle differential lock also benefits driving safety: when weaving in and out or changing lane at high speeds, the system has a stabilising effect, as it is able to attenuate the vehicle’s yaw rate around its vertical axis.
The standard-fit 3-stage ESP® system featuring the functions “ON”, “SPORT Handling Mode” and “OFF” is precision-tuned to the electronic AMG rear-axle differential lock.
The same applies to the RACE START function, which provides for perfect traction when accelerating from a standing start in conjunction with the electronic differential lock, or “E-Diff” as it is known in technical jargon.
AMG RIDE CONTROL performance suspension and sports tyres
The chassis and suspension of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series have also been re-engineered. The basic layout with aluminium double wishbones all-round remains unchanged, but barely a component has gone untouched in the interests of greatly enhanced racetrack performance.
The new developments in detail:
- AMG RIDE CONTROL performance suspension with tauter tuning and electronically controlled two-stage damping (Sport, Sport +) for individual adjustment to the preferred personal driving style
- Spring retainers with threaded section to allow for adjustment of wheel loads, thereby enabling personalised racetrack setup
- Elastokinematics around 50% / 42% stiffer (front/rear axle) for greater roll stability in fast S bends
- Track width increased by 20 / 24 millimetres (front/rear axle) for more grip when cornering at speed
- New hub carriers on front axle and new front stabiliser tuning for added grip and reduced roll angle when cornering at speed
- AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels featuring extra-lightweight forged design with optimised strength, painted in matt black with high-sheen finish, dimensions: 10×19 (front) and 12×20 (rear). Weight saving: 4.0 kg
- Newly developed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 sports tyres, size 275/35 R 19 (front) and 325/30 R 20 (rear), for more grip and sporty cornering limits
- AMG speed-sensitive sports steering with modified power steering characteristic for optimum steering precision and outstanding control of the vehicle
AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system as standard
The brake system of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series boasts excellent stopping power and outstanding fade resistance. The AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system is fitted as standard.
The ceramic brake discs, measuring 402 x 39 millimetres at the front and 360 x 32 millimetres at the rear, are characterised by enhanced thermal stability due to their increased hardness, accompanied by a weight reduction of around 40 percent.
As a result of the reduced unsprung masses, they optimise both comfort and grip. The reduced rotating masses at the front axle provide for more direct steering response. The weight saving with the AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system compared to a conventional steel/aluminium brake system amounts to 16 kilograms.
The SLS AMG Coupé Black Series comes equipped with high-performance brake pads as standard, which further enhance fade resistance when the vehicle is being raced hard on a racetrack.
Design inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 customer sport racing car
The design of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series derives a special fascination from its similarity to the SLS AMG GT3 customer sport racing car. Wide flared wings with an added width of 13 mm (front) and 26 mm (rear) on each side create the necessary space for the 275 mm and 325 mm sports tyres.
Darkened headlamps and black surrounds for the tail lights give the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series a distinctly muscular and aggressive look. Besides the front apron with carbon-fibre front splitter and the carbon-fibre rear apron with diffuser, further visual indicators of the technology transfer from the world of motorsport include the side skirts with carbon-fibre inserts and the simulated air intakes in front of the rear wheels.
The wing-like cross fin and the star recess in the radiator grille are finished in high-gloss black to match the exterior mirrors and the fins on the bonnet.
Matt black AMG forged wheels in Black Series-specific design
When viewed from the side, the eye is caught by the stylishly integrated side skirts, which combine with the feature line to stunning effect. The carbon trim elements fitted along the bottom at the sides extend the line traced by the carbon-fibre front splitter back to the rear.
AMG forged wheels in an exclusive 5-twin-spoke design painted in matt black with a high sheen finish provide a clear view of the AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system behind. AMG forged wheels in matt black with a high-sheen rim flange are available as an alternative.
The rear of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series presents a beefy appearance on a par with that of the front end. The broad wings and the striking rear diffuser are the predominant features here.
The two sets of chrome twin tailpipes with a square cross-section provide visual confirmation of the gullwing super sports car’s power and dynamism – as well as delivering the soundtrack to match. The exclusive AMG logo with contrasting Black Series lettering in black adds a discreet yet unmistakable touch at the top right of the boot lid.
The dynamic styling of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is beautifully complemented by the AMG solarbeam paintwork. This optionally available shade is exclusive to the Black Series model. Six other exterior paint finishes from the SLS AMG range are also available, including the matt paint finish designo magno allanite grey.
Optimum aerodynamic balance and effective cooling
The Black Series-specific design has more than just visual impact: it also serves to improve both downforce and cooling with only a slight increase in the coefficient of drag (Cd value).
The front apron with carbon-fibre front splitter and the rear apron with diffuser help to optimise the aerodynamic balance. Giving the vehicle’s underbody an even slicker form and extending the diffuser forward has lowered the Cd value while increasing downforce at the rear axle.
The diffuser extends beyond the profile of the rear apron, which produces yet more downforce at the rear. The upshot of this is greater handling stability at high speeds. Visible air openings behind black grilles are designed to ensure controlled discharge of the hot air in the area between the transmission and the AMG titanium sports exhaust system.
The enlarged air intakes in the front end with carbon-fibre flics on the inside ensure an optimum air inflow into the cooling modules at the front. The carbon-fibre insert on the sides with air outlet and a black fin is also reminiscent of the SLS AMG GT3; the suction effect helps to dissipate hot air from the engine compartment and lower the temperature level. The result is supremely stable operation, even during rigorous use on the racetrack.
As on the SLS AMG GT3, the carbon-fibre bonnet features a central air outlet. Apart from effectively discharging the engine heat, this outlet also increases downforce at the front axle and improves the Cd value.
The engineers at AMG have utilised the vacuum effect to deliver the the double benefit of dissipating the hot air from the engine compartment at the same time as drawing up the cool airflow from the vehicle’s underbody.
AMG Aerodynamics package with carbon-fibre components
The exhilarating performance can be given an even more dynamic edge by opting for the AMG Aerodynamics package, which also has the effect of reinforcing the visual likeness to the SLS AMG GT3 customer sport racing car.
This package replaces the standard-fit rear aerofoil that extends automatically at speeds of over 120 km/h with a fixed carbon-fibre aerofoil in the style of the SLS AMG GT3 that can be adjusted to two settings.
The rear aerofoil is braced by aluminium elements on a special insert on the boot lid and provides for even greater contact pressure at the rear axle – not least as a result of the Gurney flap, named after its inventor, Dan Gurney, a former racing driver, designer and team owner.
This eight millimetre-high spoiler lip fitted to the rear aerofoil at an angle of 90 degrees results in a further increase in downforce without significantly increasing drag.
The carbon-fibre rear aerofoil can be adjusted to any angle between 2 and 10 degrees in just a few steps. The two most aerodynamically efficient settings are aerofoil level 1 and aerofoil level 2.
Level 1 is the aerodynamic configuration for everyday use: with an angle of attack of 2 degrees, the carbon-fibre aerofoil produces a light downforce at the rear axle. Level 2 is recommended for use on the racetrack: the aerofoil’s 10 degree angle of attack produces 50 kilograms of contact pressure at the rear axle at a speed of
200 km/h, without a significant increase in lift at the front axle.
The vehicle’s handling stability benefits from the increased downforce at the rear wheels in fast corners especially. A look at the aerodynamic data furthermore shows that the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series with AMG Aerodynamics package achieves better wind tunnel figures at aerofoil level 1 than without the package.
The carbon-fibre rear aerofoil is complemented by carbon-fibre flics mounted on the sides in front of the front wheels as well as an additional spoiler lip fitted in the centre below the front splitter.
Both of these aerodynamic-enhancing components bring about a further reduction in lift at the front axle. Even in aerofoil level 2, the aerodynamic balance of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series has been configured so as to still create a small amount of lift at the front wheels.
This “pitching moment” as the aerodynamics engineers call it is desirable on a front-mid-engined super sports car, as it dampens the response to steering inputs at very high speeds.
As a result of this aerodynamic set-up, critical driving situations that would otherwise be triggered by a sudden evasive manoeuvre at high speed, for instance, can be prevented by design, and the driver can enjoy an enhanced sense of safety and stability at the wheel.
Aerodynamic data for the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series:
|SLS AMG Coupé |
|SLS AMG Coupé Black Series with AMG Aerodynamics package, aerofoil level 1||SLS AMG Coupé Black Series with AMG Aerodynamics package, aerofoil level 2|
|Drag coefficient Cd||0.391||0.384||0.418|
|Frontal area A||2.173 m²||2.173 m²||2.173 m²|
|Drag coefficient cd x A||0.85 m²||0.83 m²||0.91 m²|
Sporty, functional interior exuding high quality
A functional, sporty racing-car atmosphere is prevalent inside the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series, with high-quality materials demonstrating precision workmanship and exquisitely designed details.
There is a choice of two colour variants: Alcantara® anthracite or Alcantara® anthracite/red. With the two-tone variant, the door centre panels and the detailing on the centre console and above the glove compartment are finished in red.
The AMG performance steering wheel with flattened bottom rim section is fully trimmed in Alcantara® for a good grip. It also features a sporty red 12 o’clock marking at the top.
The solid metal curved insert features a high-gloss black paint finish to match the high-gloss black surrounds of the air vents. Further exclusive, high-class details include the “AMG Black Series” badge on the glove compartment and the so-called “3D seam” running horizontally along the dashboard: the dashboard’s leather covering is punctuated by a fine Alcantara® strip in anthracite across its entire width.
Red contrasting stitching in the leather lends an accomplished finish to the 3D seam, underscoring the handcrafted character.
The combination of high-quality designo leather and functional Alcantara® features throughout the interior – on the bottom section of the dashboard, for example, on the door centre panels and on the AMG sports bucket seats, whose centre sections are upholstered in Alcantara®. Embossed AMG emblems on the head restraints are further exclusive, eye-catching features. In addition to providing superb lateral support at high cornering speeds, the AMG sports bucket seats are also 15 kilograms lighter than the standard AMG sports seats.
The omission of the COMAND APS multimedia system reduces the vehicle’s weight by an additional six kilograms as a further demonstration of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series’ uncompromisingly purist character.
The carbon-fibre fascia fitted between the air vents in place of the screen adds to the racing atmosphere. COMAND APS is available ex-factory together with AMG Performance Media and the reversing camera as part of the optional “Infotainment System” package.
The vehicle’s occupants will find that the entire centre console incorporating the AMG DRIVE UNIT has also been encased in the motorsport material carbon fibre.
Bold highlights are added by red seat belts and red contrasting stitching on the AMG sports bucket seats, the centre console, the upper and lower section of the dashboard and the door panelling. The floor mats similarly feature red edging.
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system
One of the highlights among the optional equipment and appointments is the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system, developed by Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG together with renowned Danish audio specialist Bang & Olufsen.
The sound system also offers playback in Dolby Digital 5.1 quality, of course, and enables an exclusive audio experience of the very highest standard.
This performance is made possible by a 1000 W amplifier and eleven high-end loudspeakers with neodymium driver in conjunction with precision distribution of the audio signals by the sound processor.
This integrated digital sound processor (DSP) enables the driver to select a special B&O sound menu via COMAND. Individual Driver, Passenger and Central sound setups can be selected in True Image™ mode, resulting in a realistic audio experience in the selected listening position.
Various sound modes are additionally stored in the “Sound Mode” menu, offering a choice between a “Reference” high-end studio sound and a wide-dispersion surround option.
While “Reference” focuses on an unadulterated rendering of the artist’s performance, the special surround sound mode with its wide sound dispersion is especially suited to live music or concerts, creating a unique panoramic sound stage in the vehicle without compromising the natural character of the recording.
The illuminated 50 W tweeters featuring Acoustic Lens Technology on the dashboard are a very special visual highlight. The 250 W‑subwoofer is accommodated in the rear shelf.
Top-quality Bang & Olufsen aluminium loudspeaker covers in “silver chrome” bearing the Bang & Olufsen logo provide a further indication of the exclusive character of the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system.
The following optional extras are available for further customisation (selection):
- AMG carbon-fibre exterior mirrors
- AMG carbon-fibre engine compartment cover
- AMG Interior Carbon-Fibre package
- Convenience telephony
- Media Interface
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive
Electrifying – the world’s most powerful electric super sports car
With the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, Mercedes-AMG is entering a new era: the locally emission-free super sports car featuring advanced technology from the world of Formula 1 represents the most exclusive and dynamic form of electric motoring.
The most powerful AMG high-performance vehicle of all time has four electric motors producing a total output of 552 kW and maximum torque of 1000 Nm.
As a result, the gullwing model has acquired the status of the world’s fastest electrically-powered series production vehicle: the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds.
Meanwhile, the exclusively tuned “SLS eSound” means that this matchless driving experience stirs the emotions acoustically too in typical AMG fashion.
A new dimension of driving performance – the AMG brand pledge is fulfilled to remarkable effect by the outstanding performance dynamics, which come courtesy of AMG Torque Dynamics and are made possible by the wheel-selective all-wheel drive.
The most “electrifying” gullwing model ever has been developed in-house by Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The extremely powerful high-voltage battery for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is the result of the collaboration between Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth in the UK. Here, the British Formula 1 experts were able to draw on their extensive experience with KERS hybrid concepts.
“The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is redefining standards for cars with electric drive systems. As the most powerful gullwing model ever, it also epitomises the enduring innovative flair of Mercedes-AMG.
Our vision of the most dynamic electric vehicle has become a reality and enables AMG customers to enjoy a whole new dimension of exclusive driving experience. With the help of our colleagues at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth, we are bringing fascinating high tech from the world of Formula 1 to the road,” according to Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
Pioneering, visionary, electrifying: the powerful and locally emission-free super sports car with electric drive once again showcases Mercedes-AMG GmbH’s development expertise. AMG, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz, is demonstrating its technological leadership in this segment with this unique, cutting-edge drive concept.
The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is aimed at technology-minded super sports car fans who are open to new ideas and fascinated by ambitious high-tech solutions for the future of motoring.
Enormous thrust thanks to 1000 Nm of torque
“Not only is the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive the world’s only super sports car with electric drive, it is also the most powerful series-produced electric car of all.
Out on the road, the gullwing model generates a breathtaking sensation unlike any other – partly due to the 552 kW of maximum output and 1000 Newton metres of torque, but especially thanks to the AMG Torque Dynamics, the SLS eSound and AMG Lightweight Performance”, observes Tobias Moers, Head of Overall Vehicle Development and member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
What makes the pioneering drive package in the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive so thrilling is the completely novel and electrifying driving experience: enormous thrust comes courtesy of four synchronous electric motors providing a combined maximum output of 552 kW and peak torque of 1000 Nm.
This extra-special breed of gullwing car accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).
The car’s agile response to movements of the accelerator pedal and the linear power output are a source of pure delight: unlike with a combustion engine, the build-up of torque is instantaneous with electric motors – maximum torque is effectively available from standstill.
The spontaneous torque build-up and immense power delivery without any interruption in traction on the one hand are combined with completely vibration-free motor running characteristics on the other.
The four compact permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors, each weighing 45 kg, have a maximum speed of 13,000 rpm and drive the four wheels selectively by means of a special transmission arrangement for each axle.
This provides a unique way of distributing torque to individual wheels – normally this would only be possible with wheel hub motors, which have the drawback of creating considerable unsprung masses.
The key data at a glance:
|SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive|
|Max. output||552 kW|
|0 – 100 km/h||3.9 s|
|Top speed||250 km/h*|
|Range||250 km (according to NEDC) combined)|
|Battery energy content||60 kWh|
|Battery voltage||400 volts|
|CO2 emissions||0 g/km|
Unmistakably AMG: the sound of the 21st century
Powerful, resonant, dynamic, emotional and authentic: the acoustic performance of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive epitomises the sound of the 21st century. Following exhaustive series of tests as well as numerous development test drives, the AMG experts have composed the “SLS eSound” – a unique soundtrack which captures the outstanding dynamism of this exceptional super sports car with electric drive.
Even without an AMG V8 engine underneath the bonnet, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive satisfies all expectations of a genuine AMG high-performance car and proves itself to have a full set of AMG genes with its “SLS eSound”. To put it quite simply: the tremendous power and torque unleashed by 552 kilowatts and 1000 Newton metres is music to the ears too.
The “SLS eSound” includes the characteristic start-up sound, which rings out on pressing the “Power On / Off” button on the AMG DRIVE UNIT: this sound triggers a sense of excitement and indicates that the vehicle is ready to start.
When the driver shifts from “P” to “D” with the E-SELECT lever, the acoustics change and transform into a specially designed driving sound as soon as the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive moves off.
The occupants can enjoy a tailored sound pattern to suit each driving situation: incredibly dynamic when accelerating, subdued and restrained when cruising and intuitively comprehensible during recuperation phases – i.e. when the driver decelerates using the steering-wheel shift paddles and energy is being recovered.
Using, in the main, authentic yet denaturalised real noises that cause the driver to make a subconscious association is of great benefit here as they do not sound artificial, as is usually the case with synthetic noises.
This form of sound generation is thus far unprecedented in the field of production car development, and gives the driver emotive, instantly comprehensible feedback on the vehicle’s current behaviour.
The “SLS eSound” is not only dependent on road speed, the electric motors’ speed and load conditions, it also reflects the driving situation and the vehicle’s operating state with a suitable driving sound.
Cornering, load changes, kickdown or powering along the motorway at top speed: the driver is always assured of superb, informative feedback by the intelligent combination of the specially composed sound and the vehicle’s existing inherent noises together with the elimination of undesirable background noise – or “sound cleaning” as the experts call it.
The four electric motors in the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive generate a rather hushed, high-frequency sound pattern that seems inappropriate for a super sports car. These motor-speed-dependent frequency components are therefore harmoniously integrated into the “SLS eSound” in such a way that they have a positive impact on the vehicle’s overall soundtrack instead of sounding incongruous.
Groundbreaking work for Mercedes-AMG developers
Four individual layers, granular, order and wavetable synthesis, overshoot models, 3D parametric formants – these are just a few of the technical terms from the world of sound engineering that demonstrate just how much specialist knowledge the acoustic experts at Mercedes-AMG have acquired.
Composing the “SLS eSound” took the development team into uncharted territory, requiring them to carry out some pioneering work. Seldom has so much work been invested in defining the acoustic characteristics for a production car.
Over 20 individual sound elements were devised, composed, arranged, evaluated and finalised. During the concept phase, a carefully selected range of futuristic sounds were also shortlisted. At the same time, the final soundtrack had to replicate the highly dynamic performance of the electrically powered gullwing model in order to produce the acoustic experience that AMG high-performance cars are renowned for.
Over the course of the complex development phase, the acousticians at AMG also called on the skills and experience of professional musicians, signal theory experts and IT specialists.
The multitude of parameters and the tuning required for the individual operating and driving states presented the Mercedes-AMG team with a major challenge that they overcame with flying colours.
Apart from the sound itself, the “SLS eSound” control unit needed to be developed from scratch too. This self-contained component communicates with the other control units in the vehicle via the CAN bus (CAN: Controller Area Network), allowing it to be fed with all information relating to the current driving status with lightning speed.
The integral Digital Sound Processor (DSP) then relays the generated “SLS eSound” signals to the standard-fit AMG sound system, comprising eleven high-end loudspeakers and with a total output of 690 W.
The tweeter, mid-range and woofer speakers combine together with a twin subwoofer to generate the convincing, authentic sounds heard aboard the SLS AMG Electric Drive.
Of course, it’s not just the “SLS eSound” which is heard via the standard COMAND APS multimedia system: the audio signals from the radio, CD, mobile devices such as the iPod® as well as the phone are controlled by the COMAND system and ultimately mixed together with the “SLS eSound” in a microprocessor-controlled high-performance DSP amplifier with special sound tuning.
This setup enables two different sound genres to be reproduced for the occupants in one and the same vehicle: the three-dimensional “SLS eSound” together with the sound staging used for the entertainment acoustics.
Purists furthermore have the option of completely muting the “SLS eSound” in COMAND to listen to nothing more than the whir of the electric motors, the wind noise and the sound of the tyres on the road. The AMG high-end sound system can be identified by its special, weight-reduced black anodised aluminium grilles.
Advanced Formula 1 technology: high-voltage lithium-ion battery
Battery efficiency, performance and weight: Mercedes-AMG is setting the pace in each of these areas. The high-voltage battery in the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive boasts an energy content of 60 kWh, an electric load potential of 600 kW and weighs 548 kg – all of which are absolute best values in the automotive sector.
The liquid-cooled high-voltage lithium-ion battery features a modular design and a maximum voltage of 400V.
Advanced technology and know-how from the world of Formula 1 have been employed during both the development and production stages: the battery is the result of the collaboration between Mercedes-AMG GmbH in Affalterbach and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd. Headquartered in Brixworth in England, the company has been working closely with Mercedes-AMG for many years.
The F1 engine experts benefited from their extensive expertise with the KERS hybrid concept, which made its debut in the 2009 Formula 1 season. At the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009, Lewis Hamilton drove with the Mercedes-Benz KERS system to achieve an historic first victory for a Formula 1 vehicle equipped with KERS hybrid technology.
Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains supplies the Formula 1 teams MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Sahara Force India with Mercedes V8 engines and the KERS system.
The high-voltage battery consists of 12 modules, each containing 72 lithium-ion cells. This optimised arrangement of a total of 864 cells not only makes efficient use of the installation space, it also benefits battery performance.
One of the technical requirements for this is the intelligent parallel switching of the individual battery packs, which helps to maximise the energy storage device’s safety, reliability and service life. As in Formula 1, the battery is charged whilst the car is being driven by means of targeted recuperation during deceleration phases.
High-performance control as well as effective cooling of all components
A high-performance electronic control system converts the direct current from the high-voltage battery into the three-phase alternating current which is required for the synchronous motors, and regulates the energy flow for all operating conditions.
Two low-temperature cooling circuits ensure that the four electric motors and the power electronics are maintained at a balanced operating temperature. A separate low-temperature circuit is responsible for cooling the high-voltage lithium-ion battery. At low ambient temperatures, the battery is quickly brought up to optimum operating temperature with the aid of an electric heating element.
And at extremely high external temperatures, the cooling circuit for the battery can be additionally boosted with the aid of the air conditioning. This also helps to preserve the overall service life of the battery system.
Quick-charge function via special wall box
Ideally, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is charged with the aid of a wall box, as it is known. Installed in the home garage, this technology provides a 22 kW quick-charge function, which is the same as the charging performance available at a public charging station.
A high-voltage power cable is used to connect the vehicle to the wall box, and enables charging to be completed in around three hours. Without the wall box, charging takes around 20 hours. The wall box is provided as an optional extra by Mercedes-AMG as part of a collaboration with SPX and KEBA, two suppliers of innovative electric charging infrastructures for the automotive industry.
Eight-stage design concept for maximum safety
To ensure maximum safety, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive makes use of an eight-stage safety concept, comprising the following:
- All high-voltage cables are colour-coded in orange to prevent confusion
- Comprehensive contact protection for the entire high-voltage system
- The lithium-ion battery is liquid cooled and accommodated in a high-strength aluminium housing within the carbon-fibre “zero-intrusion cell”
- Electrical separation of the high-voltage and low-voltage networks within the vehicle and integration of an interlock switch
- Active and passive discharging of the high-voltage system when the ignition is switched to “off”
- In the event of an accident, the high-voltage system is switched off within fractions of a second
- Continuous monitoring of the high-voltage system for short circuits with potential equalisation and insulation monitors
- Redundant monitoring function for the all-wheel drive system with torque control for individual wheels comprising multiple control units using a variety of software
Thanks to this design concept, Mercedes-AMG is able to ensure maximum safety during production and operation of the vehicle, and also during maintenance and repair work. Needless to say, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive also meets all statutory and internal Mercedes crash test requirements.
All-wheel drive with AMG Torque Dynamics offers new-found freedom
Four motors, four wheels – the intelligent and permanent all-wheel drive of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive guarantees driving dynamics of the highest calibre, while at the same time providing the best possible active safety.
Optimum traction of the four driven wheels is therefore ensured, whatever the weather conditions. According to the developers, the term “AMG Torque Dynamics” refers to individual control of the electric motors, something which enables completely new levels of freedom to be achieved.
The AMG Torque Dynamics feature is permanently active and allows for selective distribution of power to each individual wheel. The intelligent distribution of drive torque has a beneficial effect on driving dynamics, handling, driving safety and ride comfort. Each individual wheel can be both electrically driven and electrically braked in accordance with the specific driving situation, thus helping to
- optimise the vehicle’s cornering properties,
- reduce the tendency to oversteer/understeer,
- increase the yaw damping of the basic vehicle,
- reduce the steering effort and steering angle required,
- increase traction,
- and minimise ESP® and ASR intervention.
The AMG Torque Dynamics feature boasts a high degree of variability and individuality by offering three different driving modes:
- Comfort (C): comfortable, forgiving driving characteristics
- Sport (S): sporty, balanced driving characteristics
- Sport plus (S+): sporty, very agile driving characteristics
AMG Torque Dynamics enables optimum use to be made of the traction potential between the tyres and the road surface in all driving states. The technology allows maximum levels of freedom, meaning that the vehicle’s performance limits can be fully exploited. Outstanding handling safety is assured at all times by the two-stage Electronic Stability Program ESP®.
“AMG Lightweight Performance” design strategy
The trailblazing bodyshell structure of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive forms part of the ambitious “AMG Lightweight Performance” design strategy. The battery is located within a carbon-fibre monocoque, which forms an integral part of the gullwing model and acts as its “spine”.
The monocoque housing is firmly bolted and bonded to the aluminium spaceframe body. The fibre composite materials also partly originate from the world of Formula 1. The advantages of CRP (carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic) were exploited by the Mercedes-AMG engineers in the construction of the monocoque.
These include high strength, which makes it possible to create extremely rigid structures in terms of torsion and bending, excellent crash characteristics and low weight.
Carbon-fibre components are up to 50 percent lighter than comparable steel ones, yet retain the same level of rigidity. Compared with aluminium, the weight saving is still around 30 percent, while the material is considerably thinner.
The weight savings achieved through the carbon-fibre battery monocoque contribute to the agility of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive and, together with the wheel-selective four-wheel drive system, ensure immense driving pleasure.
The carbon-fibre battery monocoque is, in addition, conceived as a “zero-intrusion cell” in order to meet the very highest standards of crash safety. It protects the battery modules inside from deformation or damage in the event of a crash.
The basis for the CRP construction is provided by fine carbon fibres, ten times thinner than a human hair. A length of this state-of-the-art fibre reaching from here to the Moon would weigh a mere 25 grams.
Between 1000 and 24,000 of these fibres are combined into individual strands. Machines then weave and sew them into fibre mats several layers thick, which can be moulded into three-dimensional shapes. When injected with liquid synthetic resin, this hardens to give the desired structure its final shape and rigidity.
Optimum weight distribution and low centre of gravity
The purely electric drive system was factored into the equation as early as the concept phase when the super sports car was being developed. It is ideally packaged for the integration of the high-performance, zero-emission technology: by way of example, the four electric motors and the two transmissions can be positioned as close to the four wheels as possible and very low down in the vehicle.
The same applies to the modular high-voltage battery. Advantages of this solution include the vehicle’s low centre of gravity and balanced weight distribution – the ideal ingredients for superb handling, which the electrically powered gullwing model shares with its petrol-driven siblings.
New front axle design with pushrod damper struts
Driving the front wheels as well called for a newly designed front axle: unlike the series production versions with AMG V8 engine, which have a double-wishbone suspension, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive features an independent multi-link suspension with pushrod damper struts.
This is because the vertically-arranged damper struts had to make way for the additional drive shafts. As is customary in many racing cars, horizontal damper struts are now used, which are operated by means of separate pushrods and levers.
Thanks to this sophisticated front axle design, which has already been tried and tested in the world of motorsport, the agility and handling dynamics of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive are on a par with the V8 variants.
Another distinguishing feature is the speed-sensitive power steering with rack-and-pinion steering gear, which operates electrohydraulically rather than just hydraulically.
AMG ceramic composite brakes for flawless stopping power
The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is slowed down with the aid of AMG high-performance ceramic composite brakes, which boast direct brake response, a precise pressure point and outstanding fade resistance, even under extreme operating conditions.
The oversized discs – measuring 402 x 39 mm at the front and 360 x 32 mm at the rear – are made of carbon-fibre-reinforced ceramic, feature a composite construction all round and are connected to an aluminium pot with a floating radial mounting.
The ceramic brake discs are 40 percent lighter in weight than conventional cast iron brake discs. The reduction in unsprung masses not only improves handling dynamics and agility, but also ride comfort and tyre grip.
The lower rotating masses at the front axle also ensure even sharper steering response – which is particularly noticeable when taking motorway bends at high speed.
Exclusive, high-class design and appointments
Visually, the multi-award-winning design of the SLS AMG is combined with a number of specific features that are exclusive to the Electric Drive variant. The front apron has a striking front splitter made from exposed carbon fibre, which generates downforce on the front axle.
The radiator grille and adjacent air intakes are embellished with special body-coloured surfaces with bionic honeycomb-shaped apertures. Not only do these add a visual highlight, they also improve the airflow over the cooling modules mounted behind them thanks to their streamlined design.
Darkened headlamps impart an added sense of individuality to the front section.
When the vehicle is viewed from the side, the eye is caught by the stylised “Electric Drive” lettering between the high-gloss black fins on its flanks. The new, specially designed rear apron with matt black diffuser insert and the tail lights with their black surrounds add a dynamic finishing touch at the rear.
The “AMG electricbeam magno” matt paint finish is exclusive to the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, while three other paint colours are available as an alternative at no extra charge.
The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive rides as standard on AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels‑in a matt black finish, shod with tyres size 265/35 R 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 (rear). In combination with the AMG electricbeam magno paintwork, the wheels’ body-coloured rim flange produces an exclusive contrasting effect.
Exceptional, fully appointed interior
In conjunction with the AMG electricbeam magno paint finish, contrasting yellow topstitching adorns the very classy and sporty interior’s designo black Exclusive leather upholstery.
AMG sports bucket seats, AMG carbon-fibre trim, the AMG Interior Carbon-Fibre package and the carbon-fibre side panelling for the centre console help to reinforce the exclusive, dynamic character of the fastest electric car in the world. Heated and electrically adjustable AMG sports seats with memory function are also optionally available.
Behind the new AMG performance steering wheel with Alcantara® trim in the grip area is the new-look AMG instrument cluster: the rev counter has been replaced by a power display including information on power output, the recuperation status, the driving modes and the battery charge. The seven green LEDs positioned above the central display indicate the current recuperation level:
- Level 1 (low): One LED lights up
- Level 2 (mid): Three LEDs light up
- Level 3 (high): Five LEDs light up
- Level 4 (full): Seven LEDs light up
AMG Performance Media as standard
The AMG DRIVE UNIT comprises the electronic rotary switch for selecting the three driving modes “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport) and “S+” (Sport plus), which the driver can use to specify three different performance levels from the electric motors, which in turn also affects the top speed and accelerator pedal response.
Behind the buttons for “Power On / Off” and “ESP ON/OFF”, there are also buttons for the AMG Torque Dynamics and AMG Setup functions.
The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive also comes as standard with the COMAND APS system including AMG Performance Media. Besides full high-speed mobile internet access, the multimedia system also provides information on:
- Vehicle energy flow
- High-voltage battery charge status
- Current range
- Currently activated and maximum possible recuperation level
- Selection of next departure time and display of charging forecast
- Bar chart of energy consumption in kWh/100 km and recuperation levels for the last 15 minutes
- Temperatures of the high-voltage battery and motors
- Activation of the standby mode to preserve the battery during longer periods of inactivity
- Vehicle Setup: driving modes, mode for AMG Torque Dynamics and ESP®
- AMG Torque Dynamics: individual wheel torques, current motor output and torque
- “Race” mode: real-time display of lateral and linear acceleration combined with braking performance, accelerator position and steering angle, including memory function
- Recording of individual lap times on a closed-off racetrack, including sector times and memory function
- Real-time display of acceleration time from e.g. 0-100 km/h or 0-200 km/h (alternatively: quarter-mile)
- Real-time measurement of stopping distance
- Real-time display of individual tyre pressures
The extensive standard specification furthermore includes (selection):
- AMG carbon-fibre exterior mirrors
- AMG carbon-fibre engine compartment cover
- Automatically dimming interior mirror and driver’s side exterior mirror as well as folding exterior mirrors left and right
- Garage door opener integrated into the interior mirror
- Convenience telephony
- Media Interface
- Reversing camera
- Bluetooth telephone module
- Blind Spot Assist
Manufaktur hand finishing at company headquarters in Affalterbach
Mercedes-AMG has installed a dedicated Manufaktur hand-finishing section for electric vehicles at its headquarters in Affalterbach for final assembly of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive.
The electrically powered gullwing model is assembled and readied for operation at a total of seven different stations. The entire logistics process is based in Affalterbach, too.
Production of parts such as the exterior and interior initially takes place at the Mercedes-Benz production facility in Sindelfingen. In Affalterbach, highly trained workers take charge of assembling the axles, electric motors, transmissions and cooling system components.
Particular care is taken with the installation of all high-voltage components, such as the liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, the accompanying cables, inverter and control units, and the onboard charger.
Needless to say, the utmost standards of safety are applied during all work on high-voltage components. The operational check and extensive final inspection at the end ensure that the manufacturing and product quality offered by the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is of the very highest order.
2013 motorsport season gets off to a successful start for AMG customer sport
Two emphatic victories for the SLS AMG GT3
The 2013 motorsport season has got off to a very successful start for the AMG customer teams: the first two endurance races of the year in Dubai (UAE) and Bathurst (AUS) were both won by an SLS AMG GT3.
At the Bathurst 12 Hour race held on 10 February 2013, the AMG customer team Erebus Motorsport GT prevailed against the competition. The gullwing model piloted by the German trio of Thomas Jäger, Bernd Schneider and Alexander Roloff started from sixth place on the grid, but completed the endurance race in first place overall with a winning margin of one lap.
And on 12 January 2013, AMG customer team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon took overall victory in the Dubai 24 Hour race. The gullwing racing car driven by Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE), Bernd Schneider (GER), Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED) and Sean Edwards (GB) started from pole position and finished the race a whole two laps ahead of the second-place car, thereby repeating the team’s success of the previous year.
Since its debut in 2010, the SLS AMG GT3 has amassed a total of 71 race wins and 12 titles.
Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH notes: “Following on from the triumph at the Dubai 24 Hours, AMG customer sport has already secured its second win of the year with victory at Bathurst in Australia, marking a highly promising start to the 2013 motorsport season.”
In the two seasons of motor racing to date, the AMG customer teams that are in action all over the world have compiled a highly impressive record. In the
2011 season, the SLS AMG GT3 was arguably the most successful newcomer to the world of motorsport.
Following three rounds of pre-season testing and participation in the Dubai 24 Hour race in January, customer teams started to take delivery of the SLS AMG GT3 from March 2011 as part of the new Mercedes-AMG customer sport programme.
The near-production SLS AMG GT3 was immediately contending for the lead in races spread across four continents. The two race wins by Graff Racing in the opening round of the French GT Championship were followed by further overall victories in Europe, Asia and Australia. With a total of twelve championship titles and 71 wins since its debut two years ago, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 has enjoyed prolific success.
The highlights include the many titles won by the customer teams:
- Team title for HEICO Motorsport in the 2011 FIA GT3 European Championship
- Driver titles in the Portuguese GT Championship and Iberian Supercars Trophy for drivers Miguel Barbosa and José Pedro Fontes from the Sports & You team in 2011
- Driver and team titles in the FIA GT3 European Championship for the AMG customer team HEICO-Gravity Charouz in 2012
- Driver and team titles in the FIA GT1 World Championship for
ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport in 2012
- Driver and team titles in the ADAC GT Masters for the kfzteile24 MS RACING Team in 2012
- Championship title for the PETRONAS Syntium Team in the Japanese Super Taikyu Series in 2012
- Driver and team titles in the 2012 Brazilian GT Championship for BVA Racing
- Team title in the 2012 Australian GT Championship for Erebus Motorsport