The Mercedes SLS was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, marking the return of a Gullwing Mercedes once again. Heavily influenced by the original 300SL Gullwing the SLS’s styling captured the long stretching bonnet and rear-set cabin to create a similar but adapted shape for Mercedes 21st century supercar.
Developed entirely in house, this was the first time AMG had been given a clean sheet to build a road car from the ground up, and one with the billing that would make it something altogether more serious than a comfortable Mercedes. The 6.2 Litre V8 which was designed specifically for Mercedes AMG models, produces a staggering 563 hp at 6,800 rpm, with 650 Nm of torque at 4,750 rpm. The SLS can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds and can reach with ease a top speed of 197 mph.
Similar to its influencer the SLS’s body was constructed of lightweight aluminium, this time however Mercedes would break the mould by using not only an aluminium body but also an aluminium chassis. Following on from the coupe, Mercedes introduced the roadster a year later. The gullwing doors were replaced with more traditional doors; the roof replaced with an elegant folding soft-top unit with a heated rear screen, that hides behind the seats in just 11 seconds. The upper part of the roof remains visible as part of the rear deck meaning the roadster loses just 3 litres of luggage capacity from the coupe.
First registered in the UK in June 2016, this RHD example is desirably optioned in Designo Mystic White over Black single-tone Nappa leather interior. The roof matches, with the elegant black fabric roof neatly folding behind the seats at the touch of a button. The interior has been optioned with the AMG performance steering wheel, bringing with it Alcantara touch points to the steering wheel at 9 and 3 o’clock. The centre console upgraded too, finished in AMG Piano Black.
The exterior sees the upgraded 5-twin spoke light alloy wheels in front of the grey brake callipers. Today presenting with just 18,400 miles from new, this SLS Roadster presents a fantastic opportunity to acquire a right-hand drive example of one of Mercedes’ most favoured open top cars. This SLS Roadster is available to view at our showrooms outside London immediately.