Mercedes-Benz adds “GT” to the SLS AMG name

Mercedes-Benz have officially tacked on two additional letters to the SLS AMG model name: GT. In the U.S. (not sure about other markets), the SLS AMG GT will be the only model offered to customers. They’ll have the choice of selecting either Coupe or Roadster starting mid-November 2012.

The SLS AMG GT is not only distinguished by name, but by exterior touches such as darkened head and tail-light lenses. The wheels have been painted in a unique color with contrasting red brake calipers housed behind them. Pieces such as the Mercedes-Benz grille star, the sideview mirrors, the hood fins and front fenders are finished in high-gloss black.

The interior really benefits from the “GT” upgrade. The sports seats, as well as the door panels, are covered in designo leather and Alcantara suede. A contrasting element used throughout the cabin on the seats, seat belts, floormats, center console, dashboard and door panels are red-colored trim. The exterior’s same high-gloss black color is also applied within on the center console and door panels. The steering wheel comes with side grips covered in Alcantara, with a red 12 o’clock marking stripe at the top, normally found in race cars.

Customers may opt for the AMG designo STYLE package. Available in three different color combinations in both single and two-tone finishes, the design features a contrast stitching and diamond-quilt pattern on the seats and door panel inserts (image above), with the rest of the interior also draped in designo’s high-quality leather. Available color combinations include mocha brown/porcelain, titanium grey/porcelain and mystic red/porcelain. The designo package also offers buyers numerous different carbon fiber trim options.

Adding on two more letters meant that Mercedes needed to add more horsepower, right? The 6.3-liter V8 engine now has an output of 583hp (torque remains the same at 479lb-ft), mated to a re-calibrated AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed gearbox. These revisions give the SLS AMG GT enough power to achieve 0-100km/h times of approximately 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 320km/h (electronically limted).

Are all these upgrades worthy of the two additional letters?

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5 Comments on “Mercedes-Benz adds “GT” to the SLS AMG name”

  1. The Stig Says:

    I was happy to see the title.. But disappointed after reading all the details.. I was hoping that we see a new light weight version of the SLS..

    • el wehbi Says:

      I think they’re saving the lightweight measures for the Black Series version of the SLS AMG. What I don’t understand is why add the GT name to it? They could have just added all the extras as optional packages. There’s something fishy behind this decision. Hmm…

  2. qabaq Says:

    Not sure if this is a smart move!? what about all the people that just bought the car!! are they admitting that the car failed!?!

    • el wehbi Says:

      I also found this to be a bit strange from a product strategy point-of-view. Plus, I think there are just way too many letters in the name now lol

  3. Matt Says:

    The info in the post is very sloppy. No offence but its true.

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