The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a front-engine, 2-seat 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 SLS AMG Electric Drive is powered by four electric motors with combined ratings of 552 kW (751 PS; 740 hp) and 1,000 N·m (738 lb·ft). Each motor can spin up to 13,000 rpm and weighs 45 kg (99 lb). In addition, the transmission allows each motor to selectively drive all 4 wheels. With this setup, the SLS AMG accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 328 km/h (204 mph).
The SLS AMG GT3 is a race car version of the SLS AMG Coupé, developed in accordance with the GT3 regulations of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile). It includes a sequential six-speed racing transmission with steering wheel shift paddles, an integrated multi-disc locking differential and traction control, adjustment facilities for the springs and shock absorbers, the suspension height, the stabilisers, the track width and camber; rack-and-pinion steering with a more direct ratio and servo assistance, AMG 18-inch light-alloy wheels, a steel racing braking system with racing ABS, a seat shell featuring the HANS (Head and Neck Support) system located in a high-strength carbon-fibre (CFRP) safety cell, a six-point seat belt, an optimized fire extinguisher system, and a central display positioned within the driver's field of vision. Development of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 testing program began on Lausitz Eurospeedway in June 2010.
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