The new droptop loses the gullwing doors of its coupe counterpart. Chopping the roof, fitting conventional doors, and stiffening the body result in a convertible that only weighs 88 lbs more than the coupe. The roof, which is available in black, red or beige, can be dropped or raised in just eleven seconds at speeds up to 50km/h. Interestingly, the three layered fabric soft top will not eat in the roadster model’s trunk area as its capacity remains at 6.1 cubic feet with the roof either open or closed. This is roughly the same to that of the SLS AMG Coupe, which stands at 6.2 cubic feet.
There are no surprises under the hood with the roadster sharing the coupe model’s AMG 6.3-liter V8 mounted just behind the front axle. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven speed dual-clutch transmission. The US version of the naturally aspirited V8 engine delivers 563 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, enabling the car to sprint from 0 to 96km/h in 3.7 seconds with a electronically limited top speed at 317km/h. The European model is rated slightly higher at 571 horsepower with similar torque figure.
On the inside, the cabin is elegantly appointed with designo leather upholstery, metallic trim and AMG sports seats with AIRSCARF. Options include a Bang & Olufsen audio system and an AMG Performance Media system that displays real time vehicle information.