This is one of those moments when we hate to see it leave, but we love to see it go. The subject at hand is, of course, the brilliantly brutal Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the first vehicle developed fully by AMG. Last week we learned that Mercedes will cease to produce the company’s flagship sportscar and send it off with a limited-edition model, the SLS AMG GT Final Edition. Mercedes will only produce 350 units, including coupe and roadster variants, and once that run is over, it’ll be over for good. At least it’s making way for a new AMG-developed sportscar that’ll be introduced next year…
But back to the car at hand. The Final Edition doesn’t get increased output (a la the 622-horsepower SLS AMG Black Series), so the standard 583-horsepower 6.3-liter V8 will do. It does get some fancy exterior visual and aerodynamic upgrades, such as an exposed carbon-fiber hood, front splitter and fixed rear spoiler. At full throttle, the SLS AMG GT Final Edition accelerates from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds, and, as it continues to drive away at full bore, it’ll see 124 mph in 11.2 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 197 mph.
AMG added forged alloy wheels to the car, and customers will be able to choose between two color schemes: polished, high-sheen wheel faces with matte-black inlays or all matte black. Mercedes will offer optional tires developed specially for Mercedes-AMG that improve steering precision and grip, for those who want a performance edge.
Check out the photo gallery from the LA Auto Show to see the coupe, then head over to the other gallery for some shots of the roadster (which made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show) and the interior. Feel free to peruse the press release below for more details.