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Gullwing set for take-off
Classic Gullwing body styling meets state-of-the-art hybrid technology

The model draws on the legendary Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’ and imminent SLC – as previewed in Issue 941 – with a pair of doors that are hinged in the middle of the roof. And it will sit at the very top of the next-generation SLK range, providing a striking and desirable rival to Porsche’s Cayman S and Audi’s TT RS.

As you can see from these pictures, the new SLK will be much more muscular than the current car, with a sharper look previewed by the new E-Class (see right). The bonnet is long and features faired-in lights and a large three-pointed star, while underneath is a Formula One-style splitter.

But as well as being amazing to look at, the new model will be green, too. In fact, it’s the eco-friendly hybrid technology that’s made the Gullwing door design possible in the first place. That’s because this SLK variant will use battery packs located in its side sills. Because the sills need to be high to accommodate the packs, designers hit on the idea of turning a potential flaw into a virtue, combining them with the roof-mounted doors to create a baby brother to the SLC.



The concept looks stunning.
 

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Update!

Mercedes-Benz revives its classic Gullwing two-seater as the SLS
The SLS will highlight the Mercedes display at this September's Frankfurt motor show, with North American sales starting mid-2010. Expect the price to be in the $250,000s range.

While Mercedes is holding back on revealing the SLS's final design until later this year, the latest prototypes, pictured here, expose its classic, long-hood proportions. Describing the SLS styling, AMG boss Volker Mornhinweg, said, "It is totally faithful to the 300SL. The gaping mouth, long bonnet, sculptured wings, upright windscreen, design of the doors, rounded turret, tapered rear-all are present and updated in a modern interpretation of the original."

Mercedes also is said to be hard at work on a convertible version. Expected to be badged the SLC, it is planned for launch in 2012, boasting a traditional fabric top.

The engineering program is rumored to set the tone for the next-generation SL due out in 2012. The SLS's floorpan and inner-body structure are fashioned from a combination of aluminum extrusions, casting and sheet panels. The only steel element is a brace running within the windscreen fame. The body is aluminum and carbon fiber. Despite the substantial bracing required for the gullwing design, weight is said to be just 3,571 pounds, 286 less than the SLR.

At the heart of the new car is a reworked version of AMG's 6.2-liter V8 engine, with 120 components replaced or altered, including a new lightweight aluminum crankcase that reduces weight by nine pounds. Power peaks at a whopping 563 hp, with 479 lb-ft of torque. The transaxle is a new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Drive for the gearbox is sent via a lightweight carbon-fiber reinforced driveshaft and is transferred through a limited-slip differential to the rear wheels. Mercedes is claiming a 3.8-second 0-to-62-mph time, the same for the soon-to-be-dead SLR coupe. Mercedes says that top speed is electronically limited to 196 mph and that the car will get 18 mpg.


 

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How they get 563 hp out of a 6.2 V8 stock is beyond me...
 

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You are amazed at an engine that STILL does not produce 100hp per liter?
 

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:werd: my GTS makes more hp/liter than that thing.
 

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How they get 563 hp out of a 6.2 V8 stock is beyond me...
Why would it be beyond you? That's about 90hp/L. Toyota ain't too far back with the 2GR-FSE engine in the IS350 at 87hp/L. Those figures are becoming quite the mainstream lately.
 

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yeah? and how much torque/L ?

exactly.
I will guarantee you my other vehicle's torque peak is about half the rpms of your car,and its probably older than you. If I want torque I simply pick a different key on my ring. And no, its not a diesel, or modified.
 

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Look at all the other V8's on the market and list to me how many of them get over 0.9 hp/L STOCK.

The only one I can think of at the moment is the new M3 V8.
 

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Well, STOCK should be loosely used. This particular 6.2 V8 at 563 hp is a worked AMG version of the original, for this particular application. The original AMG 6.2 V8 makes anywhere between 475 and 507hp, 82 hp/L for the mightiest one. Let me put it into perspective: Toyota's puny 4.6L V8 makes 386 hp in the LS460 as is, that's 84 hp/L as is, in mild tune for use on the soft LS.
Audi's old S8 4.2 V8 made 360hp, that will put it at roughhly 86 hp/L, not too far off the mark of a the worked 563 hp AMG unit.

Point is this: 90 hp/L is nothing to write home about considering the amount of technology available lately, regardless of what other manufacturers choose to do with their engines. Work the Audi or Lexus engines just a bit and they'll be seeing the same specific outputs.
 
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