Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing

I was invited to a launch of a car I will never drive. The Mercedes AMG SLS Gullwing. This is the successor to the Mercedes Benz SLR Mclaren. Its the first Mercedes that was design in house by AMG. This car has a monstrous 6.2 litre, V8 (8 cylinder) engine that produces 571 PS and 650 Nm. Best of all, it has an automatic transmission. Not those slush box that normal cars have, but its a dual clutch semi automatic transmission. Its basically a manual with the clutch engaged automatically. Right now, almost every manufacturer has their own dual clutch transmission, but I do believe AMG produced the first 7 speed, dual clutch that can handle 650 Nm of torque, other 7 speed dual clutch, such as Volkswagen dual clutch, can only handle less than 250 Nm of torque, instead rely on their 6 speed dual clutch transmission. It has a aluminium chassis to reduce weight and the transmission is located on the rear wheel axle instead of behind the engine to offer a better weight distribution. (51 front, 49 rear.. I think)See, I was there after all. Forget all that mechanical jargon's, this is a car with the doors open like a Gullwing, an engine that has a deep growl, and looks that could cut through steel. That is all that matter to any lucky royalty or businessman that can afford its RM 1,999,999 tag, but if you have to ask for the price, you probably could not afford it....

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