2014 MERCEDES-BENZ SLS AMG GT COUPE: With gull-winged doors, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT is a popular attraction at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Its silhouette is defined by a long front hood, short body overhangs, low greenhouse and a short tail section – very reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwing coupe of the 1950s. For 2014, the “GT” designation indicates higher horsepower, a recalibrated seven-speed sports transmission and an enhanced sports suspension. An AMG 6.3 liter naturally aspirated front-mid V-8 engine pumps out an incredible 583 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Sprinting from 0-to-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and with an electronically limited top speed of 197 mph, this supercar follows nothing but the road. By the way, those iconic gullwing doors are not a gratuitous retro homage but an ideal way to provide proper access. Counterbalanced and pneumatically assisted, each door swings up in a 70-degree arc to ease quick entry and exit, despite the car's low center of gravity and seating position. Integrated into the trunk lid, the active, wing-type rear spoiler rises into position at speeds above 72 mph to help increase rear-end downforce, aiding high-speed stability. Color-keyed to the body paint, it elegantly returns to its flush stowage position when the vehicle slows below 50 mph. Exotic forged-alloy wheels feature 10 micro-thin spokes whose elegant style defies their exceptional strength while revealing the brake hardware. Representing the strengths of both Mercedes-Benz and AMG, it's clear that the new SLS AMG is a harbinger of the design philosophy for an entire generation of Mercedes- Benz sports cars to come.
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