The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is one hot car


MONTVALE, New Jersey — Mercedes-Benz has released the first official photos of the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, four months ahead of the car’s public debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. The 2012 SLS AMG Roadster goes on sale this fall in the U.S.

The Roadster is the soft-top companion to the SLS AMG Coupe, swapping the hardtop’s gullwings for conventional doors.

The Roadster’s power-operated fabric top, which stows behind the seats, incorporates a heated glass rear window and is available in black, red or beige. The top can be raised or lowered automatically in about 11 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. Trunk space is virtually identical between the two SLS AMG models: 6.1 cubic feet for the Roadster and 6.2 cubic feet for the Coupe.

Otherwise, the Roadster shares much of its hardware with the Coupe, notably the AMG-tuned 6.2-liter V8 that makes 563 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which is mated to an AMG Speedshift seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with a Race Start function and a mechanical diff lock.

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