At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Mercedes-Benz is officially saying goodbye to one of its most exciting creations ever, the SLS Gullwing. Launched in 2009 as the spiritual successor to the legendary 300 SL Gullwing, the SLS is now being sent on its way with a special, limited Final Edition.
The SLS Final Edition is based on the more recent GT version, boasting a 591-hp AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine. The car has a limited run of only 350 units, and features exclusive exterior and interior appointments. It comes as both coupe and roadster.
The visual highlights of the Mercedes SLS Final Edition include the carbon fibre-effect bonnet with central air outlet, the carbon-fibre front splitter on the front apron, the fixed carbon-fibre rear aerofoil inspired by that of the SLS Black Series, and new AMG wheels with designo magno graphite matt paintwork.
The new aerodynamic components are more functional than pretty, increasing downforce on front and rear axles and helping the cooling system. Red painted brake calipers and “Dunlop Sport Maxx Race” Cup tyres in size 265/35 R 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 (rear) are among the other exclusive features of the SLS Final.
Inside the cabin exclusive leather in a diamond pattern is used to upholster the centre panels of both the seats and the doors, and it’s garnished with contrasting stitching, silver seat belts and the black floor mats. Carbon fiber trims and a special edition “AMG FINAL EDITION – 1 of 350” badge plus Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel are also included.
Mercedes SLS GT Final Edition will launch in March 2014. A replacement, known as the Mercedes SLC, is already in the works.