Drive concept. Motorsport technology for the road

Using power when required

A sports car is defined by dynamic handling. That's why every detail is crucial. And that's why only the most innovative technologies have been deployed in the SLS AMG GT Roadster FINAL EDITION. Superlative driving dynamics - the current state-of-the-art from our engineers.

The front-mounted mid-engine is in a low position behind the front axle. The double-clutch transmission is located at the rear axle (transaxle principle). They are connected by the drive shaft, made of high-rigidity, extremely light carbon fibre, rotating in the torque tube. That is the technical secret behind the ideal weight distribution of 47 percent (front) to 53 percent (rear).

More details:

  • A powerful unit: Featuring torque rigidity and bending resistance, the torque tube, V8 engine and transmission system are interconnected
  • Packs a punch: measuring 1.71 metres in length and weighing a mere 4 kilograms, the drive shaft rotates at engine speed and transfers up to 650 newton metres[1] of torque from the engine to the transmission system.
  • Reduced noise and unbeatable driving comfort: A specially developed torsional damper in the torque tube eliminates oscillations and vibration.

[1] Figures for rated output and rated torque in accordance with Directive 80/1269/EEC in the currently applicable version.

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