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End a a great era -Merc's SLS says goodbye


IT MAY be the end of an era, but Mercedes-Benz knows how to throw a party and go out with a bang. The grand finale: the SLS AMG GT Final Edition, which brings an impressive era to an end in exclusive style.

The Final Edition model, built in a limited run of just 350 units, represents the last opportunity for customers to order an SLS AMG while at the same time reflecting the unrivalled success story and unique scope offered by the first vehicle to be completely built by Mercedes-AMG. The super sports car with its 435kW AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine offers a combination of truly exceptional design and equipment features. Exclusively developed Cup tyres enhance its dynamic performance.

The SLS AMG GT Final Edition is celebrating its twin world premieres at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show (both running 20 November to 1 December). It will be available as either a coupé or a roadster.

The special design of the SLS AMG GT Final Edition ensures that it stands out in visual terms. The carbon-fibre-effect bonnet with central air outlet, carbon-fibre front splitter on the front apron and fixed carbon-fibre rear aerofoil that is so reminiscent of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series and the exclusive AMG forged light-alloy wheels, make it a real head-turner. When paired with the designo magno graphite matt paintwork that has been adopted from the collector's model, the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary (available as an option), the carbon-fibre components and the AMG forged wheels have a distinctly sporty flair. To add to the distinctive visual impression when seen from behind, the struts of the rear apron are finished in high-gloss black.

New aerodynamic components comprising a carbon-fibre bonnet, rear aerofoil and front splitter reduce the lift on both the front and the rear axles. As on the SLS AMG Coupe black Series and the SLS AMG GT3, the carbon-fibre bonnet of the SLS AMG GT Final Edition features a central air outlet.

Opening the bonnet reveals the front mid-mounted AMG 6.3-litre V8 power unit set low down and well to the back. With an output of 435kW and maximum torque of 650Nm, the high-revving eight-cylinder engine guarantees dynamic driving at its finest. The SLS AMG GT Final Edition accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds.

It is not only the exterior design and engineering that will satisfy the most discerning of tastes - the high-quality ambience of the interior is characterised above all by the striking designo exclusive leather in a diamond pattern that is used to upholster the centre panels of both the seats and the doors. Contrasting topstitching in silver coordinates blends perfectly with the black leather upholstery with the silver seat belts and the black floor mats edged in silver leather. Carbon-fibre trim comes as standard.

The market launch of the SLS AMG GT Final Edition will commence in March 2014.  We just hope a few of these beauties make it to SA.

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