The all-new 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG isn't set to arrive in local showrooms until April but production of the exclusive supercar is already in full swing at the automaker’s assembly plant in Sindelfingen, Germany.
Relatively new for a volume manufacturer like Mercedes-Benz is the SLS AMG’s handcrafted, bespoke nature--especially concerning its aluminum spaceframe chassis, V-8 engine and final assembly. However, Mercedes-Benz has several helping hands along the way.
The chassis and aluminum bodyshell, for example, are produced by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, while the AMG performance division is responsible for making sure the car’s 6.2-liter V-8 engine is running up to speed.
Additionally, the assembly lines and production facilities in Sindelfingen were brought up to the very latest standards for final assembly of the car. This is where specially selected, highly qualified specialists produce the gullwing model substantially by hand.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past six months you'd probably already know that the SLS AMG is a spiritual revival of the classic SL gullwing body-style, but with all the capabilities of a modern supercar. Its 571 horsepower, 479 pound-feet of torque V-8 engine, 48-52% front-rear weight distribution and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission put it right at the front of the class on paper.
Check out what the latest Mercedes-Benz supercar is like to drive in our official first drive report by clicking here.