2013 Mercedes SLS AMG GT runs its fastest Nurburgring ever
When the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT was revealed earlier this month with performance enhancements and a new GT designation, the German automaker said the improvements would match the “GT” added to its name. With a recent lap time on the Nurburgring of just under 7:30, it looks like the additional 20 horsepower and suspension improvements have made a big difference. The updating to the supercar came from the knowledge Mercedes gained from campaigning its GT3 race car.
AMG chairman Ola Kallenius told Auto Blog that a lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the previous generation SLS AMG coupe “comes in at right around 7:35, and that the new 2013 SLS AMG GT does the same in a tick under 7:30.” The five seconds quicker lap time demonstrates just how much improved the mid-cycle refreshed SLS AMG GT really is. And acceleration is now 3.6 seconds for the hardtop GT versus the current 3.7 seconds for the SLS AMG.
SLS AMG GT performance upgrades make a difference
Under the hood, the new GT uses the same 6.3-liter performance V-8 from the current SLS, but the GT has an additional 20 horsepower available to tap into. Peak horsepower is now 583 from the previous 563 with torque remaining at 479 lb. ft. Mercedes was able to achieve the additional horsepower through an increase in compression and internal dethrottling measures.