The SLS AMG supercar is the first car ever to be designed and developed from the ground up by the Mercedes-AMG high-performance division.
It rides on a lightweight aluminum space-frame body with double-wishbone suspension on all 4 wheels and front and rear stabilizer bars. It has a mid-front engine and rear-mounted transaxle, giving it a 47/53 weight distribution and a low center of gravity to ensure race car handling. It also features gullwing doors reminiscent of the 300SL from the 1950s.
The SLS is propelled by a hand-built 6.2L V-8, which generates 563-hp and can launch the vehicle 0-60 MPH (0-97 km/h) in 3.7 seconds. The dry-sump lubrication system uses two oil pumps, one to send oil from a separate storage tank to the engine, and another to scavenge oil from the crankcase back to the tank. The two-pump design increases horsepower by reducing oil drag on the crankshaft and ensures oil pressure is maintained even during extreme cornering.
The engine is connected to the wheels by a rear-mounted 7-speed dual-clutch transaxle with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and rev-matching for smoother downshifts while in manual shift mode.