Spy Shots: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Shows Its Top

By John Beltz Snyder

December 07, 2010

Looks like the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is undergoing further winter testing before its debut in Frankfurt, as these spy photos show. This time it has less camouflage, and we can see the actual canvas top of the vehicle. 

The SLS Roadster will be heavier, due to the extra reinforcement needed to make up for the structural loss of the hard top.
Also, they testers have brought along an Audi R8 V10 Spyder, presumably to do some direct winter performance comparisons between the two vehicles.
Scroll down for some notes from our spy.
Cold, dark and snowy. Doesn’t sound like the right place for a supercar, and an even worse place for an open top supercar? But it’s exactly where AMG and Mercedes are doing the final testing of the Roadster version of the SLS. A real supercar should work in all conditions, even if it’s a Roadster. And this time they have taken the cover off the roof and are finally showing the roofline with the canvas top on.
Alongside the SLS Roadster prototype the AMG guys had an Audi R8 V10 Spyder for comparison.
There will be no technical changes to the Roadster compared to the Gullwing but since there is no fixed roof and therefore the body has been strengthen and added some weight, we suspect that the Roadster could be slightly slower. But that’s nothing we would complain over while cruising in the snow…….well, I mean at the French Riviera.
AMG boss Ola Källenius recently revealed that the SLS Roadster will be presented in Frankfurt during the IAA Car Show in September 2011.