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2011-05-05 10:55

ANY DAY NOW: Mercedes-Benz has released images of its yet-to-be-released SLS AMG Roadster undergoing testing. Gallery

September’s Frankfurt auto show may have been scheduled as the site for Mercedes’ AMG’s latest unveiling but the automaker’s chosen to release a few early images of the stunning SLS AMG Roadster.

The images of the canvas-topped supercar show the SLS undergoing a battery of last-minute tests at AMG’s Affalterbach facility. The focus here, according to Mercedes, was particularly on bodyshell rigidity, handling dynamics, and the soft top and its NVH characteristics.

The car shown in the images sports only minimal camouflage, with the badges and sections of the light clusters and rear “bootlid” concealed.


The 6.2-litre V8 with a thumping 420kW/650Nm on tap will be used to power the soft top with the only real difference from its coupe sibling being the absence of a metal roof and, of course, the absence of the signature “gullwing” doors. However, the three-layered fabric roof can be opened and closed in 11 seconds while the car is moving at up to 50km/h. Top speed remains a heady 317km/h.

And the Roadster reportedly weighs just a few kilos more than the coupe. A roadster version of the SLS AMG is said to be been a consideration from the start of its development and the extra weight is put down to this car’s two main structural improvements. A cross-member is located roughly beneath the windscreen frame while a strut mounting lies between the roof and fuel tank.

Mercedes-Benz’s SLS AMG Roadster will be on display for the world to see at its official reveal at the Frankfurt show on September 13, 2011.

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