The SLS AMG, as if we need to remind you, is fast and quite sporty. The SLS AMG GT? Besides an alphabetical mouthful, you can consider it an SLS on uppers. It’s also the latest fruit of a variant-focused product strategy for the AMG supercar that saw the standard car joined shortly after launch by a . This new GT version, which supplants the non-GT here but augments it in Europe, is an attempt to make both SLS coupe and convertible more track ready, more hard core. (If it’s not brutal enough, allow us to point you to the SLS AMG GT3.)
Our now-departed regular-grade SLS had 563 hp from its high-revving, naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8, enough to get the car to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds in our testing. The GT gets 20 more hp for a total of 583. (Torque stands pat at 479 lb-ft.) Only those who notice the matte-black-trimmed wheels and subtle GT lettering appended to the decklid logo will know you’re packing that little bit of extra ammo.
Inside, special Designo appointments are standard and available in one of eight colors, or one can spec the GT Interior package at no cost. That bundle turns the interior sinister with black leather and faux suede upholstery, a red neutral mark on the steering wheel, glossy black interior trim, red seatbelts, red binding for the floor mats, and red contrast stitching on nearly every surface. There are options that cost money, of course, including onboard telemetry via the COMAND system for $2500, carbon-ceramic brakes for a cool $12, 500, and carbon-fiber engine dressing for $5400. There’s a $6400 1000-watt sound system, but we can’t imagine why anyone would prefer to listen to any music other than that composed under the hood. Final base pricing has yet to be released, but we’re predicting a jump of about $10K to crest the $200, 000 mark. So save your scratch.
Given that this isn’t a huge leap forward from the previous SLS, you can understand why Mercedes-Benz USA decided not to offer both cars here simultaneously. This is a very nice update, though, and one that manages to keep the SLS feeling fresh and vital—and, yes, quite fast and sporty.