MERCEDES-BENZ HAS, as yet, offered no official word on a convertible version of the recently revealed SLS AMG. As with the Lamborghini Reventon Roadster, and in recognition of the defining style of the original 300SL, a droptop SLS would seem a reasonable proposition.
The rendering above, based on the tin-top, shows just how tasty a convertible version would be.
If an SLS AMG Roadster does appear, a 2011 or 2012 launch date would be the most likely, giving the quarter-million-dollar hardtop enough time in the sun before having to share the limelight with a convertible.
Whether the 'guessed at' SLS AMG convertible would feature a canvas or folding hardtop roof is moot (although the current SL convertible features the latter), but with weight a primary concern of high-performance cars, a fabric roof is likely.
With the coupe weighing in at just over 1600kg (140kg less than the Mercedes McLaren SLR it succeeds), a convertible version would likely add another 150-200kg to the SLS's kerb weight.
Power would come from the front-mid mounted 6.2 litre AMG-tuned V8 engine offered in the coupe, delivering 420kW of power and 650Nm of torque.
In Europe, pricing for the SLS AMG coupe starts at ?177,310 (AU$298,900), with an early 2010 launch planned.