The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Specifications

The 6.2-litre M159 V8 engine

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Problems playing this file? See media help.
Model Years Type/code Power output Torque
SLS AMG 2010–2015 6,208 cc (378.8 cu in) V8 (M 159 E 63) 571 PS (420 kW; 563 hp) at 6,800 rpm 650 N⋅m (479 lbf⋅ft) at 4,750 rpm
SLS AMG GT 2012–2015 6,208 cc (378.8 cu in) V8 (159 E 63) 591 PS (435 kW; 583 hp) at 6,800 rpm 650 N⋅m (479 lbf⋅ft) at 4,750 rpm
SLS AMG Coupé Black Series 2013–2015 6,208 cc (378.8 cu in) V8 (M 159 E 63) 631 PS (464 kW; 622 hp) at 7,400 rpm 635 N⋅m (468 lbf⋅ft) at 5,500 rpm
SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive 2013– 4 synchronous electric motors 751 PS (552 kW; 741 hp) at ? 1,000 N⋅m (738 lb⋅ft) at 0
400V 60 kWh (220 MJ) lithium-ion battery 816 PS (600 kW; 805 hp)
The 6.2-litre V8 engine (based on the M156 block) was modified to such an extent that AMG gave it a separate engine code—M159—to signify the more than 120 different modifications done to the engine (as well as the addition of a dry-sump lubrication system to handle the car’s high cornering speeds).[20]


The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission used on the SLS AMG
AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission is connected to engine through a lightweight carbon fiber driveshaft in a transaxle arrangement.[5] Selectable driving modes include “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport plus) or “M” (Manual; allowing the driver to change gears via paddles present on the steering column behind the steering wheel).[21] A true manual transmission is not available. All SLS AMG models except the SLS AMG Electric Drive use the DCT, with the Electric Drive using a two single speed transmissions allowing individual distribution of torque to each wheel.[22]


The carbon ceramic brakes were optional on the SLS AMG
Standard brakes are 390 mm (15.35 in) (front) and 360 mm (14.17 in) (rear) cast iron disc brakes with 6-piston aluminium (front) and 4-piston (rear) calipers. Optional on the SLS AMG are carbon-ceramic disc brakes. 402 mm (15.83 in) discs with 6-piston aluminium calipers (front) and 360 mm (14.17 in) discs with 4-piston calipers (rear). These brakes provide increased stopping power with a 40% weight reduction compared to the standard braking system.[5]

Fuel consumption
The fuel consumption of the SLS AMG is around 13 L/100 km (22 mpg‑imp; 18 mpg‑US) combined driving according to (NEDC, provisional figure).[5]

The SLS AMG is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds (manufacturer claimed), and can reach a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph).[23][24] The sports car can also perform a quarter mile time of 11.7 seconds at 201 km/h (125 mph).[25] The SLS AMG achieves a lateral acceleration of 0.99.[26] improving upon the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, which achieves a 0.97 figure.[27]

In the June 2010 issue of Car and Driver magazine, safety specifications were revealed pertaining to the safety of the SLS AMG’s gullwing doors. Ten to fifteen milliseconds after a detected rollover, explosive bolts situated at the top of the door frame fire and bell cranks separate the doors from the car for easy exit during a serious accident. An anti-lock braking system and a 3-stage Electronic stability program (ESP) are standard equipment.

The SLS was the first Mercedes-Benz automobile designed and built from scratch entirely by AMG.[6] Upon its introduction at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the SLS AMG’s 571 PS (420 kW; 563 hp) M159 engine was according to AMG “the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated production series engine” ever produced.[7]

An electric version of the car, the SLS AMG Electric Drive, was presented at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Production ended in 2014 with the introduction of the SLS AMG GT Final Edition.[8]

As compared to its predecessor (the Mercedes-McLaren SLR), the SLS is per Mercedes-AMG head Tobias Moers, the faster car on the track, both in the hands of normal drivers as well as race car drivers.[9] The Mercedes-McLaren SLR came in at 1,750 kg (3,858 lb).[10] The SLS, however, has a curb weight of 1,619 kg (3,569 lb) when equipped with the standard wheels.