Serving notice that it had no intention of going gently into that good night, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition made its high-profile debut in Los Angeles. Last iteration of the first vehicle to be completely designed and produced by the Mercedes-AMG operation, the SLS AMG GT Final Edition matches aero-enhancing body bits with a distinctive interior treatment. While it will be available in either gullwing coupe or roadster body configurations, only 350 of this striking farewell variant will be built for the entire world market.
Exterior changes to the SLS AMG GT Final Edition include a unique carbon fiber hood with functional air extractors, a carbon fiber front splitter and a fixed carbon fiber rear spoiler similar to the one found on the SLS AMG Coupe Black Series. Featuring a raw carbon finish, all three elements serve to enhance downforce on both the front and rear axles, optimizing the Final Edition's aerodynamic balance and giving the car even greater high-speed stability. The final performance touch is a set of unique staggered-size AMG forged alloy wheels finished in matte black or matte black with gloss rim flange. Regular high performance tires can be replaced at no extra charge for a set of bespoke Dunlop Sport Maxx Race Cup tires -- 265/35s up front and 295/30s at the rear - that improve steering precision as well as endowing the Final Edition with ultimate grip on the street or on a track.
Inside, the SLS AMG GT Final Edition features a primo designo Exclusive treatment highlighted by diamond-tufted leather on the sport seats door panels and center console that features silver contrast stitching that matches the silver seatbelts. Other distinctive elements include an Alcantara-wrapped AMG Performance steering wheel, an Alcantara "3D seam" in the dash, high-gloss carbon fiber trim and an "AMG FINAL EDITION - 1 of 350" badge on the carbon fiber center console.
All SLS AMG GT Final Edition models will be fitted with the same 583-horsepower/6.3-liter AMG V8 engine used in the standard GT variant. Developing 479 lb-ft of torque, the front/mid-mounted motivator is linked to a rear-mounted 7-speed AMG SpeedShift dual-clutch transaxle that features four shift programs as well as a Race Start function. That combo gives the SLS AMG GT Final Edition a 0-60 mph sprint time of 3.6 seconds and will let it reach 197 mph top end. The electronically controlled adaptive AMG Sport Suspension also carries over from the GT and offers the choice of "Sport" and "Sport Plus" settings at the touch of a button. However, Final Edition buyers will be able to upgrade the GT's extremely capable standard vented/grooved ceramic disc brakes to a set of AMG carbon-ceramic super stoppers.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Final Edition goes on sale this fall. Production will start next March and continue until all 350 units are completed. No word yet on what it will cost to park one in your garage, but bank on it being a fair bit north of the $201,500 a garden-variety 2014 SLS AMG GT runs.
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