Along the entry way to the Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Week in New York City’s Bryant Park, flanked by 2 majestic works of art by the sponsor of the show, Mercedes-Benz. Much like the procession on the runway, just a few feet away, by designers and fashion labels, the German automaker utilized this opportunity to debut its E550 Cabriolet, an addition to the newly revamped E-Class. The other being the SLS AMG, or commonly dubbed as the “new Gullwing”. Fashioned after the legendary 300SL Gullwing, the SLS AMG is making its New York debut. Featuring the tried and true 6.3-litre V8 (M156) powerplant, found across Mercedes product portfolio, engineers at AMG painstakingly went over the drawing board to minimized its weight. The result, the optimized engine weigh-in at 206 kilos only. That, plus the space-age all aluminum body frame means the car weigh at only 1935 kg, with a controlled top speed of 196 miles/hour and a 3.8 second 0-62 mile/hour acceleration. A seamlessly embedded rear wing automatically deploys when speed reaches 75 miles/hour for added stability. Giant caliper breaks ensure full stoppage at short distance.
However, the most attention grabbing aspect on the new SLS AMG are the 2 Gullwing doors. As homage to the 1954 300SL Gullwing, the doors swing upward by 70 degrees for ease of access. 2 gas dampers along the door hinges assist opening and closing with little effort from the riders. Finally, upon entry to the “cockpit”, instrument cluster and central console reflect on the designers’ reference to the modern day jet fighters.