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The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster was caught unawares on a winter test run in Lapland. Leaked pictures show a deliberate effort by Mercedes to hide the car from any onlookers or spy photographers – guess that didn’t workout!

The roadster’s soft top- retractable can be immediately recognized from the pictures and contrasts to the SLS AMG coupe. It will be the successor to the legendary Gullwing 300SL of the 1950’s. Unlike its coupe version the AMG roadster will have non-gullwing doors.

The car will have AMG’s 6.3 L V8 engine which first came in S63 AMG sedan, with 420 kW (571 PS / 563 hp) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. It can reach 0-100 Km/h in 4.0 seconds flat and has a top speed of 309 Km/h (192 mph). This tarmac shredding performance is a credit to the car and AMG the racing and tuning section of Merc.

There is no official announcement on when the car will be on sale, but is expected in the second half of 2011 as a 2012 model. However the car would possibly be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.

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