Mercedes-Benz Gives SLS the AMG Ride Control Sport Suspension

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Mercedes-Benz continues to perfect their SLS AMG Gullwing and Roadster with a new Ride Control Sport Suspension.

Life can be just so utterly hard when you're the owner of a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. And while those of us who don't own one, we can all breathe a sigh of relief for those who are in the market. Mercedes-Benz has just announced a newly available option called AMG Ride Control that improves the supercar's performance and overall ride. This system allows owners a new variable sport suspension system, electronically-controlled damping and three driving modes.

It features variable and electronically-controlled damping to provide immediate adaptation for numerous driving styles and road conditions. The new system's different driving modes consist of Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus. Comfort is automatically active whenever the engine is started and is recommended for cruising at moderate speeds and for bumpy road surfaces. In Sport mode the shock absorbers have a tauter response depending on the driving situation, ensuring not only better road contact, but it will also help to reduce body roll and pitching. Sport Plus is meant for fast lap times on the track.

Interestingly, this mode has special control algorithms that are configured for sporty driving on uneven road surfaces. For now, only European pricing for the new system has been released, costing an additional €2,320. Other new features to be offered include AMG 10-spoke forged wheels with a matt black paint finish, red-painted brake calipers, blind spot assist, a new brown metallic exterior color, and AMG high-gloss black trim. Considering it costs a minimum of $183,000 for the price of entry to a new SLS AMG Gullwing, we figure an extra few thousand for the Ride Control Sport Suspension is just pocket change.

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