The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a front-engine, 2-seater luxury grand tourer automobile developed by Mercedes-AMG of German automaker Mercedes-Benz and is the first Mercedes-Benz automobile designed in-house by AMG. The car, which has gull-wing doors, is the successor to the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and is described by Mercedes-Benz as a spiritual successor to the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing.
SLS stands for “Sport Leicht Super” (Sport Light Super). The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is assembled in Sindelfingen, Germany.
The SLS AMG is an iconic vehicle that represented firsts, mosts, and lasts. It was the first Mercedes-Benz designed and built from scratch entirely by AMG, which was given a clean sheet to execute and build its own car design from the ground up. Upon its introduction the SLS AMG’s 571 PS (420 kW; 563 hp) M159 engine was according to AMG “the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated production series engine” ever produced. The SLS AMG was also Mercedes-Benz’s last naturally aspirated engine. With the passing of the SLS AMG’s M159 monster engine, and the less potent version used in the C63 AMG (the lower output M156 version), Mercedes-Benz has no remaining naturally aspirated engines in its lineup.
The vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, and sales commenced in mid-2010 in Europe and in mid-2011 in the United States.
Mercedes presented an electric version of the car, the SLS AMG Electric Drive, at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Production was set to end after the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION in early 2014.
The SLS AMG was replaced in 2014 by the substantially less expensive, and less powerful, Mercedes-AMG GT. Designed to compete against the Porsche 911 and Audi R8, it is available as a 462 PS (340 kW; 456 hp) GT and 510 PS (375 kW; 503 hp) GT S.