For the first time in 40 years, Mercedes Benz’s performance division, AMG is presenting its first vehicle developed in-house, the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Gullwing. The auto maker has released some official details regarding the super car, including the fact that this performance car with “gullwing” styled doors is powered by a front-mid mounted M159 AMG 6.3 litre V8 with dry sump lubrication that is good for 571HP at 6,800 rpm.

This naturally aspirated power plant also produces 650Nm of torque at 4,750 rpm, which enables the SLS AMG to propel to the 100 km/h mark in 3.8 seconds and to a top speed of 315 km/h.

With its fuel consumption rated at 13 litres per 100 kilometers, the super car conforms to current and future exhaust emission standards including EU 5, LEV 2 and ULEV. The AMG engine which has a kerb weight of 206 kilograms drives the rear wheels via a carbon-fiber drive shaft that is carried over from the DTM C Class racer, and is coupled with a rear-mounted 7 speed dual clutch transmission.

With aluminium used for the construction of its chassis and body, the SLS AMG features a power-to-weight ratio of 2.84 kilograms per horse power thanks to its 1,620 kerb weight, excluding the driver.

Other features include four driving modes ranging from comfortable to extremely sporty, 3-Stage ESP that includes “ESP ON”, “ESP SPORT” and “ESP OFF”, AMG high-performance composite brakes all-round and weight-optimized AMG light-alloy wheels. The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Gullwing is expected to be launched in spring 2010, with an estimated price tag of 140,000 Euros. Continue reading to view more official images of the prototype.

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