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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG #3 :: HDR

© 2010 Servalpe. Photos are copyrighted. All rights reserved. Pictures can not be used without explicit permission by the creator.

 

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a luxury grand tourer automobile developed by Mercedes-Benz AMG to replace the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.The car is the first Mercedes automobile designed in-house by AMG and is described by Mercedes as a spiritual successor to the 300SL Gullwing.

 

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. Sales will begin in mid-2010 in Europe with MSRP of €177,310 (including taxes) and in the United States in mid-2011 for less than $200,000. The SLS AMG is featured as the cover car for the upcoming PlayStation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 5, and is the safety car for the 2010 Formula One season.

 

The SLS AMG is designed to be a modern 300SL Gullwing revival. The car has a long bonnet, the passenger compartment is close to the rear axle and the rear of the car is short. The SLS AMG will also adapt the feature of wing doors that will swing open upwards on gas struts, not in a mix of upwards and forward like the SLR. The doors must be closed manually as AMG engineers decided against auto-closing systems because the systems would have added 90 pounds (41 kg) to the car. In case of a roll-over, the doors can be fully detached to allow the occupants to leave the vehicle. The designer is Gordon Wagener whose family once had a 300SL.

 

Picture taken at IFEMA, Campo de las Naciones (Madrid, Spain) during a Mercedes Exhibition.

 

Gear:

 

Canon EOS 450D + EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM

HDR picture from 3 handheld exposures: -2..0..+2.

 

Processing:

 

Lightroom for catalog > Photoshop to generate HDR file > Tonemapped at Photomatix > Color adjustments + Sharpening at PS.

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Taken on June 1, 2010