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Mercedes SLS AMG GT Final Edition marks end of the gullwing door

Mercedes has announced the SLS AMG GT Final Edition, the last production car that we know of to offer the vertically-opening gullwing door. Rest in peace, old friend.

The last SLS, which will debut at both the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show, will go out with a bang. As Mercedes head-honcho Tobias Moers explained: “With the SLS AMG GT Final Edition we are showing an ultimate, particularly attractive variant of our super sports car.”

Exactly what will make the Final Edition special remains to be seen, but we do know it’s likely to have a bunch of cosmetic tweaks and will be made in very limited numbers. Just 350 units of the GT Final Edition will be built, in a mixture of the coupe and roadster body styles. It will use the same 6.3-litre V8 found in the SLS AMG GT, delivering an impressive 591bhp, allowing a 0-62mph time of 3.7 seconds.

AMG’s 7-speed dual clutch transmission takes care of gear changes, helping the coupe and roadster versions to reach a 199mph top speed.

While all that power is more than ample for us mere mortals, the Black Edition is still the daddy of the range, with its 631bhp, 635Nm of torque, 3.7 second 0 to 62mph time and 70kg lighter kerb weight, dropping the total to 1,625kg.

Mercedes also took the time to reveal the new S 65 AMG, which will also debut at the two aforementioned motor shows. This four-door bruiser will deliver a 0-62mph time of 4.3 seconds, thanks to a 6-litre V12 that develops 630bhp. From as little as 2,300rpm it can provide a ridiculous 1,000Nm of torque.

Impressively, even though the performance is stellar, that sizable V12 can manage a not-so-awful 23.7mpg and 279g/km of CO2 emissions ─ not that anyone with a heavy right foot will ever see those numbers in reality.

The S 65 AMG will feature the AMG Speedshift Plus 76-Tronic transmission, with three different modes. Sport sets things up for speed, while Manual lets you do the work. Controlled Efficiency is for cruising and here the start/stop function is always on.

There’s more potential fettling to be done to the suspension, with a choice of Comfort and Sport available. Leave as is and the clever road surface scan ‘Magic Body Control’ system, which enlists the help of a stereo camera to monitor the road ahead, can adjust the suspension on the fly to suit conditions.

No word yet on a price, but you can bet your house it will probably cost as much as, well, your house. One for the business elite, then.

Mercedes S 65 AMG and AMG SLS GT Final Edition picture


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