Mercedes-Benz to Bid Farewell to the SLS AMG in Los Angeles [2013 L.A. Auto Show]

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG made its debut four years ago at the Frankfurt auto show, with stateside sales beginning in 2010. After just three years on the market, we must bid farewell to the SLS. Our sources have confirmed a report from German publication Auto Motor und Sport that Mercedes will launch a send-off special-edition—likely to be named Final Edition—SLS at the L.A. auto show next week. We understand that the Final Edition SLS will be the last of the gullwinged supercars, production of which will cease in the middle of next year.

Those in Affalterbach are awfully quiet regarding the subject, and details of the special edition have proven to be hard to come by. Expect a slight increase in horsepower from the standard model’s 583 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. There will be a few styling tweaks to the front fascia’s air intakes as well as to the rear diffuser, and an upgraded interior is probable.

Instrumented Test: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe and Roadster
Comparison Test: V12 Vantage vs. R8 V10, 458 Italia, SLS AMG, 911 Turbo S
First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

The Final Edition SLS will be the last vehicle to feature the famous M159 engine, a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 designed and built specifically for AMG models. The future at AMG is downsized and turbocharged. While not serving as a direct replacement for the SLS, the forthcoming GT AMG will take over as the brand’s halo offering. It will feature a smaller, turbocharged V-8, and it will lose the SLS’s iconic, 300SL-inspired gullwing doors.

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