Of the 22 global debuts taking place at the 2013 LA Auto Show, few automakers offered up more than one show-stopper. Mercedes-Benz, however, had three: the GLA45 AMG concept, the Vision Gran Turismo concept, and the SLS AMG Final Edition.
The GLA45 AMG is the all-wheel drive performance concept version of the GLA-Class crossover based upon the CLA-Class sedan. Although it’s covered in racing livery, the GLA45 is powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 355 horsepower, which makes it the most powerful series production four-cylinder in history. While we don’t yet know if Mercedes will send the GLA45 AMG to production, we can only hope.
Now for something literally a little less realistic: the AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept, which is the result of a challenger from Gran Turimso producer Kazunori Yamauchi, who asked the world’s carmakers to design automotive visions of the future. The Mercedes concept is one of a series of vehicles that will be gradually integrated into Gran Turimso 6 through online updates. Not only is the thing simply stunning, it’s also mighty powerful with a 577 horsepower, twin-turbo V8 under its sinewy hood.
Lastly we have an AMG production car, albeit limited. It’s the SLS Final Edition of which only 350 examples will be made. To give the car a fitting sendoff, AMG dressed it up with an unpainted carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber, front splitter, and a fixed carbon fiber rear spoiler. The additions give the Final Edition some of the aggressiveness of the hardcore SLS AMG Black Series. Rounding out the visual upgrades are unique AMG forged alloy wheels. What hasn’t changed is the SLS AMG GT’s 6.2-liter V8, which produces the same 583 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque as the regular GT. The 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds and the electronically-limited top speed of 197 mph are also unchanged.