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Official Pics: Mercedes Shows Off SLS AMG Roadster Coming Later This Year

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On: Sat, May 7, 2011 at 9:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

Official Pics: Mercedes Shows Off SLS AMG Roadster Coming Later This Year

There has been no shortage of spy shots of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. But this week, Mercedes took it to the next level with the most revealing pictures yet of its upcoming convertible. There is very little camo, no shadows, no weird angles, just a few nice, [low-flying] bird's-eye views of the sporty roadster.

The SLS AMG convertible will make its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. And judging by the early start, we suspect we'll see a lot more of it before then.

The convertible will share the same 563-hp 6.2-liter V8 engine with the hard-topped SLS. Looking at the front-end, it appears that it will also share the identical design of its older brother. Outside of the contrasting soft-top, everything looks about the same.

One little (massive?) change waiting just beyond that front-end: The roadster SLS will lose the gullwing doors of the SLS AMG, one of the model's most distinct, defining features. You can't really attach gullwings to a retractable roof, so the roadster will go with traditional hinged doors. Mercedes also redesigned the side sills and rearranged the speakers of the Bang & Olufsen stereo system.

The roadster won't lose anything on the top end, though, sharing the same 197-mph top speed with the hard head.

The SLS AMG Roadster will debut in mid-September and hit showrooms by late fall. Hopefully, Mercedes will reveal in Frankfurt how much of a premium on the $183,000 price tag buyers will be faced with.

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