The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe is instantly captivating for its looks and soaring gullwing doors.
Now comes the roadster variant, which Mercedes is previewing before the official debut in September at the Frankfurt motor show. U.S. sales begin late this year as a 2012 model.
The roadster is the culmination of a three-year development period during which extensive attention was paid to rigidity and handling, Mercedes says.
The soft top can be electro-hydraulically closed at up to 31 mph, and employs a three-layer fabric. Mercedes added reinforcements behind the seats to bolster the rollover protection system, the company says.
Additionally, the car was subjected to 20,000 closing cycles while stationary, and 2,500 while in motion, a test Benz claims is used for all of its new convertibles.