Even ahead of the actual market launch, more than 40 Australian customers have already placed their orders for the SLS AMG, with Mercedes-Benz Australia predicting demand may soon exceed supply for 2010.
As the successor to one of the most iconic nameplates in the history of Mercedes, the new "gullwing" is the first vehicle to be developed completely in-house by AMG.
“Even in advance of the actual market launch, orders have considerably exceeded our expectations. This shows that the exciting design and extraordinary concept of our gullwing model precisely meet the taste and aspirations of potential customers." said Horst von Sanden, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Cars in Australia.
“Given the impressive demand we are experiencing for this special car our stock allocation for 2010 could well be insufficient,” speculated von Sanden.
It boasts an AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid-engine developing 420kW and peak torque of 650Nm, mated to a seven-speed double-declutch transmission in a transaxle configuration.
Combined with a kerb weight of just 1620 kilograms, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, and has an electronically limited top speed of 317 km/h.