Get your mind out of the gutter and feast your eyes on this stunning piece of machinery. This 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is up for sale by V Fine Motor Cars in Austin, Texas and is an excellent example of quality German engineering. It has just 5,681 original miles to the dash and is being offered for $129,000. That’s nearly 40 percent off its original MSRP. Before you dig deep into your pockets, let’s go over what makes this AMG model so special.
During its production run from 2011 until 2015, just 884 SLS AMG roadsters were produced for the U.S. market. This particular convertible features a sleek black exterior with a luxurious black and cream interior. Apart from the stunning color combo, this model was hand-built and is powered by a beastly 6.2-liter M159 V8 engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The pairing boosts 563 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. All this power is sent to the 20-inch rear wheels (19s up front) wrapped in Continental ContiSportContact sticky tires. This AMG beast goes from 0 to 60 in just 3.6 seconds and completes the quarter-mile run in 11.7 seconds at 124.3 mph.
The implementation of a dry sump lubricating system allowed the engineers to mount the engine lower in the chassis and behind the front axle. The result is excellent distribution of its substantial 3,765-pound curb weight – 47-percent of it is up front and 53-percent sits in the rear.
At first glance, you know this Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG convertible has the looks, and now you know it has the power to boot. The accompanying exhaust note is exhilarating and will thrill you with each pat to the gas pedal. It starts up with a piercing bark and emits a throatier moan at the 7200 rpm redline. For added fun, the AMG-optimized 7-speed gearbox allows you to switch through three modes. The Sport+ mode is arguably the best one, especially when it comes time to hit the track or highway. Just get behind the seat, and see and feel it for yourself!
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