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Spy Shots – Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

Last week, the German automaker Mercedes-Benz released a batch of photos with its upcoming 2012 SLS AMG Roadster model, wearing a little bit of camouflage. Now, courtesy of Carscoop, we get to see the car in all its roadster glory, without wearing any makeup, except for the badge on the bonnet and on the lights. These spy shots were taken on the streets of Germany and I have to say that the car looks absolutely remarkable, but not as pretty as the coupe version.

2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

The company said that because the coupe and roadster versions were created in parallel, the engineers had the possibility to consider the structural differences between these two, managing to keep the weight of the open top version down to a minimum. And so they did, as the bodyshell of the cabrio has a curb weight of 536 pounds (246 kg), only five pounds more than its coupe sibling.

2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

As a reminder, the SLS AMG Roadster features the same engine as the one found in the Coupe, a V8 6.2-liter that produces 571 hp (for the European version), and 563 hp  (for the U.S.-spec model). The power unit has been installed behind the car’s front axle and all that power is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster

Source: Carscoop


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