Hautos: Mercedes’ New Super Sports Car to Make U.S. Debut in Fall

Do you like your martinis shaken, not stirred? Do you believe that tomorrow never dies, the world is not enough, and diamonds are forever? Then the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster just may be your vehicle of choice. AMG, the same company that provides the safety cars for Formula 1 World Championships, is bringing its brand new dream car 2012 SLS AMG Roadster stateside this fall.

The AMG 6.3-liter V8 front-mid engine with a peak output of 563 hp and 479-pound-feet of torque, the seven-speed dual clutch transaxle transmission, and the sports suspension with aluminum double wishbones make this one fast car.

The Roadster’s interior is reminiscent of an airplane cockpit, with its wing-shaped dashboard, jet-engined inspired air vents, and the new e-select lever shaped like an airplane’s thrust control. Standard luxury features of the vehicle include: KEYLESS GO starting function, heated seats, COMAND with navigation and DVD player, alarm system with tow-away protection and interior monitoring, and detachable glass windstop. The car also features Mercedes-Benz exclusive AIRSCARF system, which blows warm air from vents in the head restraints, warming passengers like an invisible scarf.

The car’s soft top opens and closes in a mere 11 seconds, and can be operated while driving at speeds up to 35 mph. With the AMG DRIVE UNIT, drivers can choose from three different suspension set-ups: Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus.

In addition to the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG surround sound system, another optional entertainment highlight is the AMG Performance Media. This race-inspired system combines multiple telemetric displays, such as engine data, real-time display of lateral and linear acceleration combined with braking performance, and lap times on a racetrack, to display within the dashboard. Three displays can be shown at any one time, with the most vital information displayed in the center.

Additionally, the Roadster has acceleration skid control (ASR) technology, which applies brake pressure to improve traction if one of the drive wheels starts to spin. Look out for the 2012MY SLS Roadster this fall. Between its mind-blowing speed and futuristic features, this is one vehicle with a license to thrill.