Mercedes SLS AMG: Live From Frankfurt, Finally!

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You already know everything about the 2010 Mercedes SLS AMG. The only thing left? Seeing the gullwing live and in the brilliantly red metallic flesh. Oh, and maybe with Dr. Z and Lewis Hamilton. Well, your wish is our command!

You already know the design's supposed to be a new take on the iconic 300SL Gullwing. You already know what's under the hood — the same venerable M159 6.2-liter V8 engine we've seen in everything from the 2006 E63 AMG to the 2008 SL 63 AMG. Basically, everything that's got a "63" in the name. In fact, this will be the first vehicle using the M159 that will not have an off-displacement numeric indicator. Isn't that special?


We've even talked at length about the SPEEDSHIFT 7-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission mated to the engine through a lightweight carbon fiber driveshaft. Heck, you've even seen the full interior before and know the spiritual successor to the most famous Merc ever does a 0-to-60 in about 3.7 seconds and it'll have a top speed of 197 MPH. What else is there left to show you? Oh right, the pictures. Check those out up top.

As for how it drives? You'll have to wait a wee bit longer for that.

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Who else would have been happier with a small, light SLK sized coupe with a Kompressor V6. Sure it would go a buck 90 but it would be sweet and somewhat attainable