The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT is the modern interpretation of the classic 300SL from the ’50s. Mercedes managed to keep the iconic gull-wing doors (coupe), which only adds to the cars exotic flair. A naturally-aspirated 583-hp 6.2 liter (6208cc) V8 sends power to the rear wheels through a rear-mounted AMG SPEEDSHIFT seven-speed automatic transaxle. Standard features include an AMG adaptive performance suspension, 19-inch front/20-inch rear forged AMG wheels, Bi-Xenon high-intensity headlights, sport seats with leather and Alcantara trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and piano black interior trim. Standard safety features include electronic stability control with traction control, eight airbags – including knee airbags for driver and passenger, ignition disable, panic and security alarms. Options include carbon fiber interior trim, AMG carbon ceramic brakes, and AMG carbon fiber exterior mirrors.
Much of the interior is covered in Mercedes’ Designo leather, with faux-suede accents present on the seating surfaces, the grips of the re-contoured steering wheel, and elsewhere throughout the cabin. The GT’s center console, door panels, and air vents are trimmed in a high-gloss black finish (carbon fiber again is available as an option); even more black can be found in the gauge cluster, which features new black dials and black accents surrounding the LED shift lights. In contrast to all that darkness—and to make sure your passengers are aware they’re in a sporty vehicle—the GT gets red seatbelts, red-trimmed floor mats, and red contrast stitching on the seats, center console, dashboard, and door panels. To go with all that black, you can option your SLS AMG GT in color combinations of mocha brown/porcelain, titanium gray/porcelain, and mystic red/porcelain. We wonder how red seat belts will look in a mocha brown interior.
About the only part of the SLS AMG GT that isn’t soft—well, not counting the suspension in Sport and Sport Plus modes—is the exterior. The hard candy outside is subtly updated with head- and taillamps that have been given a darker look, as well as gloss-black finishes to the grille fins and three-pointed star. There’s also a GT badge next to the AMG emblem on the rear.