Yes, again. We first saw factory pictures of the soft top version of the Mercedes AMG SLS earlier this month, but they still had some disguising tape on and were merely a teaser. Now the full production car has been officially revealed, along with details of what we can expect when the model goes on sale after its debut at the Frankfurt show in September.
The Roadster is based on the coupe so shares many of its features, including the 6.2 litre engine (although badged as a 6.3) with 563 horses (571PS). It lacks one obvious draw that the coupe has though — the gullwing doors. Yep, roof-hinging doors are somewhat hard to engineer into a car with no roof, so the Roadster does with conventionally opening doors. Even with chassis strengthening to keep the car structurally rigidity in lieu of a tin top, the Roadster weighs just 40kg more than its sister, bringing it in at under 1,700kg. This is due, in part, to Mercedes rejecting a SL/SLK-style folding hard top in favour of a compact folding fabric hood which can be lowered or raised at speeds of up to 30mph. The car gets Mercedes’ AIRSCARF system to heat the head and neck of the occupants when driving alfresco.
Performance is expected to be on a par with the gullwing with the 0-60 dash completed in 3.7 seconds and top speed electronically limited to 197mph.
UK dealers are taking pre-orders right now. The car will list at around £180,000 and production of the first allocation of UK cars starts in November.
Interestingly, that’s about £100,000 less than three year old Mercedes SLR McLaren Roadsters are currently fetching. Which would you rather have?