With every new Daimler acquisition, it seems like the company is finding new ways to expand its reach.
That’s exactly what happened with the German automaker’s new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar.
The first-generation Mercedes-AMG SLS debuted in 2009 with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V8 producing 315 horsepower.
This car was the first Mercedes-based sports car with an AMG-derived engine, but it wasn’t the last.
Mercedes-Porsche introduced a similar turbocharged engine in the Puma SLS, a car that debuted in 2013.
Now, the company seems to have taken that philosophy a step further.
The SLS S-Class will feature an AMGP engine from the AMG P1.
According to the company’s press release, this engine “is tuned specifically for the Mercedes- AMG S-class, bringing it up to 21.5 psi of torque and offering nearly three times the power-to-weight ratio as the previous-generation engine.”
The new engine is the first to incorporate a four-barrel turbocharger system, which was also the engine used for the new Porsche 918 Spyder.
The engine’s output is rated at 310 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, while the engine’s efficiency is rated as 95 percent.
The new AMGP-powered SLS will be available in two trim levels.
The Premium version will have a base price of $75,700 and an all-new pricing structure that starts at $80,900.
The Sport model will start at $85,200 and will feature a slightly larger turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 345 horsepower.
It’ll also have an upgraded interior with a touch of luxury, with heated seats and an LED headliner.
The car will be offered with a 3.5 second 0-60 time, and a 4.0 second top speed.
We won’t know the final price tag for either the Premium or Sport versions until we see it at the Geneva Motor Show in January, but if the pricing is accurate, we can expect the new AMG to be available later this year.