2011 Mercedes SLS Class
Typically, a Mercedes-Benz is not a vehicle that piques your interest. Sure, it is stunning and even attractive. However, when it comes to being enthusiastic in the same way that young adults get excited about exotic red sports cars from Italy, a Mercedes is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. But now they have the 2011 Mercedes SLS Class AMG. Despite its name, the Mercedes SLS AMG is not a modified version of the existing Mercedes-Benz SL hardtop convertible, but rather a one-of-a-kind sports vehicle conceived and constructed by AMG, Mercedes-high-performance Benz’s division.
Overview of the Car:
There are two trim levels available in the 2011 MERCEDES SLS-Class:
- Coupe: 2-door
- Roadster: 2-door soft-top convertible
Performance and Fuel Economy
The 6.3-liter V8 engine of the new 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS was designed from the ground up by AMG and constitutes a completely new engine family, denoted internally by the code M159. More than 120 components were modified to create the SLS AMG engine based on significant experience gained from more than 40 years of motor racing. Consequently, the SLS engine generates 563 SAE net horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds. The engine is, in reality, the world’s most potent purely aspirated V8 engine in production.
Comfort, Quality, and Styling
The SLS AMG is a good-looking car, yet most reviewers agree that the back view is the least appealing. We took the test vehicle to a local collector who owns a 1955 300 SL gull wing, anticipating the vintage outperforming the new one, but 2011 performed well. It has different headlights and taillights and no chrome. Although the dimensions are similar, the SLS has an oversized hood, shorter front overhang, and an upright windshield, which helps the vehicle’s low 0.36 coefficient of drag and EPA gas efficiency rating of 14/20 mpg city/highway. Mercedes-Benz automobiles often have a coefficient of drag (Cd) of less than 0.3. In addition to the mileage rating, there is a $1,700 gas-guzzler tax associated with it.
The Mercedes SLS is also much bigger than the previous SL, with a broader greenhouse about the fenders. It’s a less-distinctive design that you immediately appreciate, whether you’re wedged into the conventional gull-wing or not—seeing the two nose-to-nose revealed one feature missing on the SLS; the original’s rear quarter windows.
Safety Features of the Vehicle
Since the traditional placement above the windows was not an option, the automobile contains eight airbags, including the front pair, two knee airbags, seat-mounted side-impact torso bags, and side curtains deployed upward from the doors. The door hinges are held together by pyrotechnic fasteners, which are effectively bursting bolts. If the automobile rolls and comes to a stop on its roof, the hinges will burst after a few seconds, allowing the doors to be pulled out sideways.
- Height: 49.3 in
- Length: 182.6 in
- Width: 76.3 in
- Curb weight: 3569 lbs
- Passenger volume: N/A
- Trunk volume: 10.2 ft3
Engine type: 563 hp @ 6,800 rpm V8
Vehicle type: N/A
Fuel Capacity / Gas Tank Size: 22.4 gallons
C/D TEST RESULTS:
- Zero to 130 mph: 12.3 sec
- Zero to 100 mph: 7.4 sec
- Zero to 60 mph: 3.5 sec
2011 MERCEDES SLS-Class — Owner’s Manual
The material included in the operator book, including the upper trim SLS AMG Owners Manual, covers all of the vehicle’s functions, which include the following:
- Instrument Cluster
- Entertainment Systems
- Climate Controls
- Driver Controls
- Locks and Security
- Seating and Safety Restraints
- Customer Assistance
- Reporting safety defects
- Maintenance and Specifications
- Engine compartment
- Engine oil
- Fuel information
- Air filter(s)
- Part numbers
- Refill capacities
- Lubricant specifications
- Service Information and Specifications
- Maintenance Information and Specifications
Even though this outlines the most important phases, the 2011 Mercedes SLS Owners Manual contains various distinct operating recommendations for the owner’s convenience and enjoyment.