Mercedes has made a big deal of trying to differentiate the new SLS AMG GT for the old one by talking about it’s “improved driving dynamics.” Typically that’s a hard thing to quantify. Handling characteristics can be a fairly subjective, but lap-times are most definitely not. To see how much faster the GT is compared the old and busted SLS, they took it to the Nurburgring.
Turns out that Mercedes’ wasn’t talking out of their asses. They finished the ring in 7:30, which is really, fast. That’s 5 seconds faster than the outgoing model, which is a pretty decent improvement considering they’ve only boosted it’s output by 20hp. For reference, that time is faster than Ferrari’s 458 Italia, Porsche’s 911 GT2, and even the Koenigsegg CCX and CCR.
Revised transmission software might have something to do with why the SLS GT AMG is so much faster. The original was plagued with slow shifting issues like many early dual clutch cars. According to AMG, the ecu wasn’t exactly full baked, and they’ve fixed that in this one.