2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster
Chassis No. WDDRK7JAXDA010221
It is not often that engineers and designers are asked to put their super sports car ideas to a clean sheet of paper but that's exactly what Mercedes-Benz requested of their AMG team in the late 2000's. What the designers, led by Mark Fetherston, came up with was a spiritual homage to the famous late 300SL 'Gullwing' coupe and Roadster. Making its world premier at the 2009 Frankfurt International Auto Show, the SLS AMG initially debuted as a Gullwing coupe with Mercedes-Benz promoting its distinctive styling and potential as a future classic.
While many focused on the styling, the true star was AMG's dry-sump 'M159' engine, producing 563 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque pushing the new SLS AMG to a top speed of 196 mph. Production of this powerplant follows AMG's “one man – one engine” principle where one single Mercedes-AMG technician assembles one single engine from start to finish confirmed with their signature on the engine badge.
In 2011, Mercedes-Benz expanded their SLS AMG lineup to include the Roadster. The Roadster featured a three-layered fabric soft top which electronically opens or closes in 11 seconds even while driving up to 31 mph. To match the driving dynamics of the coupe, the Roadster's chassis received stiffening reinforcements. Above all else – the Roadster offered something the coupe could not – the ability to listen to the V8's exhaust note without any barrier or impediment. The V8's raucous bark is one of the best sounding engines in history, made even more significant today with the industry's movement towards reduced displacement, turbocharged engines.
For the 2013 model year, Mercedes introduced the SLS AMG GT to the US market, as a direct replacement for the previous SLS AMG. This new GT offered the most significant upgrades to date with the addition of 20 hp (now 583 hp), recalibrated SPEEDSHIFT 7-speed DCT sports transmission and redeveloped AMG Adaptive Suspension. Further changes included the standardization of many previously optional items and a host of new exterior and interior options. The 2013 GT's smart performance enhancements primarily focused on increased driver interaction and turned a great car into an exceptional vehicle. These revised updates make the GT the one to have over its original predecessor SLS model.
Ordered in the classic Mercedes-Benz color combination of Silver Metallic on black, this particular chassis was delivered to its first and only owner on 26th, April 2013. Perfectly maintained by Mercedes-Benz Manhattan, it has only traveled 5,734 miles in the past 9 years.
Above all, this Roadster benefits from two well ticked option boxes. First, the owner removed the standard Alcantara from the front seats, instead opting for nappa leather providing a more comfortable, better-wearing seating surface. Second, option no. 811 was selected to provide the wonderfully sonorous Bang & Olufsen 'BeoSound' AMG sound system. At $6,400 and with 1000 watts of acoustical sound pushed through 11 speakers specially made for the SLS AMG GT, BeoSound was designed to be just as powerful as the M159 V8 propelling it.
With AMG's famous 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 on the way out this SLS AMG GT Roadster is a modern classic and potentially the last of its kind from Mercedes. Offered for sale with two keys, Operator's Manual, Maintenance book, and the factory toolkit.