2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Road Test Specs

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe

(6.2L V8 7-speed Automated Manual)


Model year2011
Style2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 7A)
Base MSRP$185,800
Options on test vehicleBang & Olufsen Premium Sound System ($6,400 -- includes dual subwoofers, illuminated tweeters and 1,000 watts); Carbon Fiber Trim ($4,500); Design Mago Alanite Grey Paint ($3,950); AMG 10-Spoke Wheels ($2,400); Alcantara Steering Wheel
As-tested MSRP$203,500


Drive typeRear-wheel Drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)6,208cc (379 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)11.3
Redline (rpm)7,200
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)563 @ 6,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)479 @ 4,750
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeSeven-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=3.40; II=2.19; III=1.63; IV=1.29; V=1.03; VI=0.84; VII=0.72; R=2.79; Final=3.67


Suspension, frontDouble wishbone
Suspension, rearDouble wishbone
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)13.1
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContisport Contact 5P
Tire typeRegular Summer
Tire size, front265/35 ZR19 P 98Y
Tire size, rear295/30 ZR20 P 101Y
Wheel size19-by-9.5 inches front -- 20-by-11 inches rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearCeramic disc

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)1.7
0-45 mph (sec.)2.6
0-60 mph (sec.)3.8
0-75 mph (sec.)5.2
1/4-mile, mfr. claim (sec. @ mph)11.6 @ 122.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)3.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)25
60-0 mph (ft.)98
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.96

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsEven default mode in Drive, the SLS is deceptively quick and obviously fast. Speed comes on gradually then piles on endlessly. Once "RS" is selected, the car rolls slightly off the line, allows slight wheelspin and it cuts 3/10 from 0-60 and about as much from the quarter-mile time (trap remains the same). Upshifts in S+ are very quick but not harsh at all. Manual mode offers shift lights, but proved slower. Wheelspin with ESC off was virtually impossible.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsImmediate bite and crazy effectiveness. Flat, short, consistent, straight, amazing. Pedal effort remained moderate-to-high, but not brutal.
Handling ratingVery Good
Handling commentsSkid pad: ESC off and resolute understeer sets in -- lifting the throttle diminishes it, but the car doesn't rotate as a result. With ESC Sport, the understeer goes away and I could feel the rear stepping out slightly all the way around. Funny thing is, I couldn't detect/feel any brake application. Steering is magical, delicate and informative. Excellent weight and response. Slalom: This is a tough car to slalom -- it's obviously tuned to drive/steer from the rear and you must enter slowly and gradually squeeze the throttle to keep the rear planted. Otherwise, it gets loose, I catch it, but find myself late at the next cone. With ESC Sport, however, the car feels reined in and electronically limited (mostly closing throttle). The result is you can't steer it with throttle.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)67.81
Relative humidity (%)20.19
Wind (mph, direction)11.4, crosswind

Fuel Consumption

Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)22.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,571
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,787
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)46.7/53.3
Length (in.)182.6
Width (in.)76.3
Height (in.)49.3
Wheelbase (in.)105.5
Track, front (in.)66.2
Track, rear (in.)65.1
Turning circle (ft.)39.0
Legroom, front (in.)41.7
Headroom, front (in.)39.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.4
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)6.2


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion4 years/50,000 miles
Roadside assistanceUnlimited
Free scheduled maintenanceFree for first 3,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront
Knee airbagsDual front
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemPre-collision safety system

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