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15 November 2013

Mercedes bids goodbye to the SLS with the 'Final Edition'

It's time to say farewell to the modern-day Gullwing. Keep a box of tissues handy

Amaan Ahmed
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That dreaded moment is upon us - like we'd said in our report yesterday, Mercedes-Benz had already made up its mind to lay the SLS AMG to rest, and it has now done so by unveiling the SLS 'Final Edition'.

As the name says, this is the last SLS variant that Mercedes will build. Merc hasn't specified what exactly does the Final Edition have to offer over other SLS', but some obvious additions that we can see are a carbon fibre hood and front splitter, re-shaped front bumper, CF rear-view mirrors and fixed rear wing.

What we also know is that like the standard SLS GT, the Final Edition employs the glorious, sonorous, soon-to-be-phased-out 6.2-litre V8 that makes 583bhp and 650Nm of torque.

Mercedes will showcase the Final Edition at the Tokyo and LA motor shows next week, and will make just 350 units of the Final Edition (which includes the Roadster too), which means that curtains will be drawn on the SLS' life when the final Final Edition rolls out of Affalterbach. Its replacement, the C190, is scheduled for a 2014 unveil, but that will be smaller, and more importantly, will feature a smaller, turbocharged V8. Whether it is the same 5.5-litre example as seen on other AMGs of today or a new 4.4-litre unit remains to be seen.

The SLS has lived a short life - it has only been in production for the last four years. We'll miss the bonkers Gullwing. And we'll miss the guttural roar of that epic naturally-aspirated V8.

Tags: mercedes, amg, mercedes benz, sls amg, sls, tokyo 13, sls final edition, la 13

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