AMG Ride Control which has been available on the SLS AMG Roadster for a while now, is being offered as an option on the SLS AMG Coupé. AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension with adaptive damping aims to offer the best of both worlds of comfort and handling.

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AMG Drive Unit on the previous iteration of the SLS AMG and on the new SLS.

The AMG Drive Unit on the SLS AMG equipped with AMG Ride Control now has a button with the shock absorber symbol to enable the driver to make individual, convenient adjustments of the damping characteristics. There is a choice of three modes: “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport plus”. The currently selected mode is shown in the AMG main menu.

Blind Spot Assist improves active safety on board the gull-wing model. More optional features such as AMG 10-spoke forged wheels painted in matt black, red-painted brake callipers or AMG high-gloss black trim are also on offer.

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Selected ride control mode on display, SLS AMG with the optional red callipers

From the press release:

“Comfort” is automatically active whenever the engine is started, and provides a sensitive damper responce with comfort-oriented characteristics. “Comfort” is recommended for cruising at moderate speeds – e.g. in urban traffic or on motorway sections with speed restrictions. But even on poor, bumpy road surfaces, “Comfort” mode will be the first choice of many SLS AMG drivers by virtue of the softer damper setup.
To select “Sport” mode the key in the AMG DRIVE UNIT is pressed once. The left control lamp in the key and the AMG main menu display tell the driver that “Sport” mode has been manually activated. In “Sport” mode the shock absorbers have a tauter response depending on the driving situation, which not only ensures better road contact when driving in a sporty manner, but also more effectively reduces body roll and pitching. In most driving situations, “Sport” mode provides the best compromise between satisfactory suspension comfort, low body movements and high agility.
“Sport plus” is recommended for fast lap times on a race circuit: apart from higher damping forces, this mode has special control algorithms configured for a decidedly sporty driving style on uneven road surfaces. The driver is able to store his personal setup using the AMG key in the AMG DRIVE UNIT. Sustained pressure on the AMG symbol stores the currently selected suspension mode and also the selected transmission mode. As before, the driver has four different transmission modes available: fuel economy mode “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport plus) and “M” (Manual). Brief pressure on the AMG key quickly and conveniently activates the preferred combination.

Blind Spot Assist

Blind Spot Assist is able to increase active safety by using the close-range radar sensors of the standard PARKTRONIC system to recognise vehicles in the driver’s blind spot, and a red triangle lights up in the relevant exterior mirror. If the driver proceeds to indicate a direction change, into the detected vehicle’s lane, an acoustic warning starts to sound.

Blind Spot Assist is operational from a speed of 30 km/h. It monitors the area around the vehicle to a distance of around 3.5 metres on each side and three metres beyond the rear. Vehicles in the process of overtaking are shown immediately when they enter the monitored area if the difference in relative speeds between the two vehicles is not more than 16 km/h. Vehicles that have just been overtaken are however shown with a delay of 1.5 seconds after entering the monitored area, thus preventing unnecessary warnings.

New Metallic paint finish AMG Sepang brown available

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The new metallic paint finish AMG Sepang brown is now available. Single-tone or two-tone designo leather in espresso brown is available as a new interior colour. New AMG high-gloss black trim (optional) is an alternative to the standard centre console in solid metal or the optional carbon-fibre trim.