2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Review

Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled the SLS AMG GT coupe that takes the already well equipped SLS AMG to the next higher level. 2013 SLS AMG GT coupe adds yet another variant to the AMG supercar that recently added a roadster model. 2013 SLS AMG GT gets hardcore and ready to burn the track.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

2013 SLS AMG GT is one of the AMG cars (the other being C63) to be powered by the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 engine. Other 63AMGs have switched over to more fuel efficient 5.5L V8 engine, which also complies with current emissions regulations. Let us have a closer look at the new 2013 SLS AMG GT in this review.

Features Of 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

Exterior

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT review

2013 SLS AMG GT is defined by matte black wheels and GT lettering on decklid. The rest of the design is more or less similar to that of the outgoing model.

Interior

2013 SLS AMG GT sports Designo interior components in eight colors. You can also opt for GT Interior package without shelling out any extra buck. GT Interior package offers black leather upholstery and faux suede upholstery, glossy interior trim in black color, red mark on steering wheel, floor mats with red binding on them, etc. In addition, almost every component on the inside has red contrast stitching. Red seatbelts perfectly complement the interior of 2013 SLS AMG GT.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT interior

Users can also upgrade to COMAND system for onboard telemetry by paying $2500 extra. One can get $12,500 worth ceramic brakes and $5400 worth carbon-fiber dressing for the engine. Music lovers can opt for the $6400-worth 1000W sound system.

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Engine

Powered by naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 engine, the 2013 SLS AMG GT renders 583 horsepower (that is 20hp more than power output of regular-grade SLS). However, torque output at 479 lb-ft is the same as that of the outgoing model.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT engine

The engine’s wide powerband, instant power release, immediate throttle response, massive torque output, etc. are some of the best features that Mercedes-Benz has ever produced. Now that other 63 AMGs have massively shifted to 5.5L V8 in order to cut down fuel consumption and regulate fuel emissions, the driver will miss the much-needed gush of power. It sports 7-speed automatic transmission. The AMG GT touches 62mph mark in just 3.7 seconds.

Performance

Top speed of 2013 SLS AMG GT is 197mph. Although there is a great deal of similarity between 2013 SLS AMG GT and the model it replaces, the difference is quite pronounced in terms of suspension and transmission. This is because 2013 SLS AMG GT has adopted Adaptive Performance Suspension proprietary to AMG. SLS AMG GT sports a revamped dual-clutch gearbox.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT exterior

When set to Normal mode, the GT Coupe changes gears in the manner of torque converter units by Mercedes. Gear changes get much quicker in Sport and Sport Plus modes. Although automatic transmission suffices, manual mode is present to satiate the needs of those drivers who like to create pops and bubbles. At corners, 2013 SLS AMG GT executes multiple downshifts with sufficient throttle sound.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Price

2013 SLS AMG GT is expected to be priced at $220,000.

Conclusion

2013 SLS AMG GT definitely adds value to the SLS AMG series but is not a significant improvement over the outgoing model. Nevertheless, its fast and sporty character makes it look pretty fresh in the market.