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Mike Stevens | Jun 6, 2012

Mercedes-Benz' SLS AMG sledgehammer has come in for its first major update, just three years on from its Frankfurt Motor Show unveiling.

While this new update, dubbed SLS AMG GT, has all the hallmarks of a special-edition offering, Mercedes has confirmed that it will replace the existing SLS AMG model.

The GT's styling remains largely unchanged, with the AMG team focusing on mechanical tweaks and handling improvements.

Power from the trusty 6.2 litre V8 engine is up from 420 to 435kW, but twist remains unchanged with 650Nm of torque on tap.

The supercoupe's seven-speed Speedshift double-clutch transmission has been upgraded with revised and faster gear shifts, combining with the extra power to push the SLS AMG GT coupe to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds.

Top speed remains unchanged at the electronically-limited 317km/h.

The 2013 SLS AMG GT also picks up enhanced AMG Ride Control suspension with stiffer spring and damper tuning. The driving system also drops Comfort mode, while adding Sport and Sport Plus.

The whole thing sits on a staggered wheel arrangement, measuring 19 inches at the front and 20 at the rear. There's 265/35 tyres up front, while the rears are wrapped in wide 295/30 rubber.

In the cabin, the new model picks up an Alcantara door, seat and steering trim, along with piano black highlights and black instruments.

Watch for the 2013 SLS AMG GT coupe and roadster to hit showrooms in the new year.

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