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Spied: 2011 Mercedes-AMG SLS Gullwing

While the upcoming Mercedes-AMG SLS prototype has called the Nurburgring its second home for the majority of its development, these latest shots reveal far more of the upcoming gullwing replacement than ever before.
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With far less bulky camouflage across the prototype, new details can be seen such as the lower air intakes and size of the SLR-like tail lamps.

The SLS Cabriolet will be powered by a finely-tuned version of AMG’s 6.2-litre V8 engine producing peak power of 420kW and 650Nm.

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This is coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which has been mounted at the rear to improve weight distribution, connected to the engine with an ultra-light carbon-fibre shaft.

As is the case with many convertibles, it is likely to be slightly slower off the mark than its hard-top sibling which accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 315km/h.

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The two new models will go on sale in the first quarter of 2010 to coincide with their debut, for a limited run of only two years.

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