The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe is instantly captivating for its looks and soaring gullwing doors.
Now comes the roadster variant, which Daimler AG's Mercedes brand is previewing before the official debut in September at the Frankfurt auto show.
European sales of the convertible will begin in the fourth quarter, according to Mercedes, and the price will be ''a few thousand more'' than the 186,830 euros German customers currently pay for the SLS coupe.
The roadster is the culmination of a three-year development period during which extensive attention was paid to rigidity and handling, Mercedes says.
The softtop can be electro-hydraulically closed at up to 50kph (31 mph), and employs a three-layer fabric. Mercedes added reinforcements behind the seats to bolster the rollover protection system, the company says.
Additionally, the car was subjected to 20,000 closing cycles while stationary, and 2,500 while in motion, a test Mercedes claims is used for all of its new convertibles.