Mercedes-Benz plans to amp up the performance of its gullwing sports car next year – a move it will signal by renaming the 2-seater the 2013 Mercedes SLS AMG GT.
It will likely take you almost as much time to get that out of your mouth as it will for the upgraded coupe to launch from 0 to 60, something Mercedes says will now require just 3.6 seconds, a tenth faster than the “old” SLS.
Top speed will be electronically limited at 197 mph, though it would surprise few to see some aftermarket tuners offer a re-flashed chip to help the SLS break that 200 mph barrier.
As we’ve seen with so many recent German “upgrades,” the 2013 SLS AMG GT maintains its current drivetrain, but enhancements to the 6.2-liter V-8 help squeeze out another 20 horsepower, boosting the figure to an impressive 583, with torque holding at the same 479 lb-ft.
Meanwhile, the big eight-banger is mated to a “recalibrated” version of its AMG Speedshift dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox. The changes are designed to reduce shifts in manual mode “significantly,” which Mercedes suggests “is ideal when striving to achieve some ambitious lap times on a closed-off race circuit.”