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2010 Toronto Autoshow: Shows off new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG flagship

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The all-new SLS AMG replaces SLR as the flagship sports car from Mercedes-Benz.

It made its world debut at last fall’s Frankfurt show, and its Canadian debut at last month’s Montreal show.

Central Canada will get its first in-the-flesh look at this uber sports car at the 2010 Toronto show.

photo: Michael Wong

Its predecessor was constructed of much carbon fiber at McLaren facilities in England. The construction of SLS, however, is more Austrian/Canadian. Canadian auto parts giant, Magna, produces the chassis and aluminum bodyshell in Gaz, Austria, at a facility operated by the Magna division, Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik.

The 6.3-litre V8 engines are also hand built, by AMG in Affalterbach, Germany. The engine is positioned “mid-ship” and low, for optimum weight distribution and a low centre of gravity. It’s hooked up to a 7-speed double-clutch transmission.

Final assembly is completed in Sindelfingen Germany. The first batch of cars will be ready in late March.

With over 570 horses on tap, and a curb weight of just 1,620 kilograms, Mercedes-Benz says the SLR will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/hr in 3.8 seconds. It has an electronically limited top speed of 317 km/hr.

Its lightweight also makes it relatively fuel efficient, at least by super-car standards. Expect about 13.2 L/100 km.

With its gull wing doors, wide grille, and wing-shaped cross fins, the 2011 SLS is obviously trying to link back to the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “gull wing” sport coupe of the mid-1950s.
Canadian prices start at $198,000.

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Mike Goetz
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