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Prior to all the bu-haha with a horde of new entrants to the Indian Automobile industry, there was only one name for luxurious driving in India "The MERC". In recent times Mercedes has lost a lot of ground thanks to groundbreaking innovations and competition in all segments. But there is something that eludes all other brands and is only possessed by Mercedes, a secret lab sort of what Dexter had sans Didi, known as AMG. Founded in 1967 as a separate brand, AMG now a subsidiary of Mercedes is an expert in making race car. The AMGs had eluded the Indian buyer up until recent times when Mercedes launched the all new Mercedes SLS AMG in India. The car which is an ultimate power house was also chosen as the safety car for the Formula 1 2010 season. Let's take a more detailed tour of this racehorse which is a totally in-house AMG product.

Under the hood of the new SLS AMG lays a beast known as the M 159 V8-engine with a displacement of 6208 cc capacity. This is a completely modified version of the AMG 6.3-litre V8 basic engine. The engine generates a massive output of 420 kW at 6800 rpm and a maximum torque of 650 Nm at 4750 rpm. The SLS AMG accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and achieves a top speed of 317 km/h. The transmission is handles by the new AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission with four drive modes and Race Start function. This system is characterised by rapid gear changes without interruption to tractive power. For those of you really interested the SLS drinks around 13.2 litres of fuel for every 100 km.

Design And Comfort
The design is said to reminiscent of classic AMG cars and some believe it to be a spiritual successor to the 300SL Gullwing. The front features an extended bonnet, distinctive V-shaped front section and large air intakes. The passenger compartment is also kept very low. The doors are in classic gullwing style and Super-flat, wing-shaped LED tail lights provide a fascinating and distinctive night design. As with a sports car, the LED reversing light and the LED rear fog lamps are centrally integrated. A robust rear bumper with diffuser and fully integrated tailpipes ensure an uninterrupted view of the wide rear tires. The SLS AMG also has a rear wing which will pop up automatically at high speeds above 120 kmph for stability and handling, and when braking. It can also be manually pulled up from a button on the dash.

The interiors are luscious and just opening the gull wing doors will give you a splendid view of the same. The interiors are intricately detailed and hand finished. The materials are high quality nappa leather with real metal trim. A real carbon trim is available as an option. High-quality sports seats with magnesium backrests are finished in stylish designo leather or designo Exclusive leather and are available in nine colour shades to match the exterior.Situated prominently in the solid metal centre console is the AMG drive unit with AMG e-select selector lever. The AMG instrument cluster includes AMG main menu with RACETIMER and features two round dials within the driver's field of vision. They provide key information, including road speed, engine speed, fuel-level and engine oil temperature. The instrument panel also features an innovative up-shift indicator, which uses seven LEDs to indicate the best time to change gear. The COMAND APS multimedia system with CD/DVD drive is included. It combines navigation, audio and telephone functions and shows all information on a central 7-inch colour display as well as responds to your voice (Yo nightrider!)The optional and exclusive new sound system developed for the SLS in association with Danish audio specialists Bang & Olufsen with Dolby Digital 5.1 high-end surround sound system provides a music experience of the highest standard. Powered by a 1000 W ICE power amplifier and 11 high-powered speakers, precise distribution of the music signals controlled by a sound processor, two 250 W subwoofers integrated in the rear shelf and the 50 W illuminated tweeters on the instrument panel this is your own concert hall. Thermotronic 2-zone luxury automatic climate control is included as standard to ensure a pleasant atmosphere in the vehicle interior.

Ride And Handling
The car utilizes the AMG sports suspension which employs a double wishbone suspension concept on all four wheels. Spring struts exclusive to the SLS as well as the separation of wheel control and suspension generates a significant reduction in pitching when accelerating and braking. AMG sports parameter steering has been integrated in the SLS to provide unmatched control. The transmission is quick, responsive and light when using the paddles on the steering which makes the SLS AMG one of the most amazing supercars available in India.
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3-point seat belts with tensioners and belt-force limiters are included as standard for all Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG occupants. The safety system also boasts eight airbags: two adaptive airbags for driver and front passenger, one kneebag each for driver and front passenger, two sidebags integrated in the seats and two separate windowbags. The SLS body features outstanding rigidity and high deformation reserves which can absorb collision energy and thus protect the occupants from injury. There is also an adaptive brake assist system supported by the ASR, ESP®, ABS und BAS dynamic control. The bi-xenon headlamps provide higher brightness values, a larger range of light and wider illumination of the road surface than conventional headlamps. In addition, the LED daytime driving lights, adaptive brake lights and the LED indicators make the vehicle more visible to other road users.

Mercedes SLS AMG Price, Variants And Color
There is only one variant which costs Rs. 1,99,99,927 (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is available in India with new AMG ALU-BEAM silver along with 9 exclusive paint finishes.

Mercedes SLS AMG Mileage
Stylish and sleek, Mercedes SLS AMG renders an average mileage of 7-10 kmpl on its petrol variant with automatic settings.

Technical Specifications of Mercedes SLS AMG
Body Type coupe
Number Of Doors 2
Seating Capacity 2
Fuel Capacity 13 L/100 km
Length 182.6 in (4638 mm)
Width 76.3 in (1939 mm)
Height 49.7 in (1262 mm)
Wheelbase 105.5 in (2680 mm)
Ground Clearance NA
Minimum Turning Radius 11.9m
Kerb Weight 3562.48 lb (1620 kg)
Type M 159 V8-engine
Number Of Cylinders 4
Displacement 6208 cc
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed
Max. Power 420 kW at 6800 rpm
Max. Torque 650 Nm at 4750 rpm
Front Suspension anti dive
Rear Suspension anti sqad
Front carbon-ceramic disc
Rear carbon-ceramic disc
Steering Type ZF speed-sensitive
Tyre Size front - 265/35/R19 rear - 295/30/R20

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