Dream car has it all

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 January, 2012, 12:00am


Founded in 1967, AMG originally built and tested engines for racing cars. Its initials stand for Aufrecht, Melcher and Gro?aspach, the birthplace of one of its two founders, Hans Werner Aufrecht, a former Benz engineer. Now based in Affalterbach, near Stuttgart, AMG is a subsidiary of Daimler and modifies Mercedes-Benzes into collectors' items. The brand has a new showroom at the Hopewell Centre, in Wan Chai, and the highlight of its window this week has been a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. Selling for HK$3,468,000, the convertible offers retro looks, luxurious finishing and that AMG speed.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS is made with an aluminium space frame body and modified at AMG by hand. The car's 6.3-litre front-mid engine V8 belts 571 horsepower and 650Nm of torque via an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission dual-clutch transmission on a sports suspension. The 1,660kg Roadster is capable of 100km/h in 3.8 seconds, and a top speed of 317km/h, which is a match for the gull-winged variant. With a power-to-weight ratio of 2.9kg/hp, the convertible SLS 'is one of the most powerful sports cars in its segment', yet it consumes 13.2 litres of petrol per 100km and emits 308 grams of CO2 per kilometre to Euro-5, LEV 2 and ULEV standards, Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong says.

Available in nine exterior and eight interior colours, the super sports car is packed with the marque's latest technology. Its fabric top is available in red, black and beige and can be opened, closed and stacked behind the seats in 'only 11 seconds' and at speeds under 50km/h, the marque says. An Airscarf facility can warm the passengers' faces and necks, too, thanks to a propeller device in the headrests that sucks in, warms and then blows air with adjustable intensity. The SLS AMG Roadster's Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system can also belt 1000 watts via 11 speakers.

Safety features consist of a roll-over protection system, three-point seat belts and eight airbags and the option of Ride Control sports suspension with electronically controlled damping.