New Mercedes-AMG SL Revealed
The new Mercedes-AMG SL returns to its roots with a classic soft top and sporty character. At the same time, the luxurious roadster as a 2+2 seater is particularly suitable for everyday use and puts its power down on the road with all-wheel drive for the first time. High-tech components such as AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension, rear-axle steering, and AMG ceramic high-performance composite brakes are available. The new SL is based on a completely new 2+2-seater vehicle architecture developed by Mercedes-AMG. The chassis is constructed of lightweight composite aluminum and consists of an aluminum space frame with a self-supporting structure.
"The SL is an icon: For almost 70 years, the distinctive sports car has delighted Mercedes customers of every generation around the world. With the rebirth of the roadster from Mercedes-AMG, the new SL more than ever remains the symbol of this timeless fascination," says Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing and Sales.
Characteristic features of the body design are the long wheelbase, short overhangs, long hood, passenger compartment set back with a strongly raked windscreen and powerful rear end. The AMG-specific radiator grille emphasizes the effect of width of the front and, with its 14 vertical slats, cites the ancestor of all SL models, the legendary 300 SL racing sports car of 1952. Two power bulges on the hood are reminiscent of the first SL generation. Other distinctive design elements include slim, sharply outlined LED headlamps and slim LED rear lamps. The interior of the new Mercedes-AMG SL transforms the tradition of the first 300 SL Roadster into the modern era. The cockpit design, right down to the adjustable central display in the center console, is focused on the driver. At the same time, the completely new interior space concept with 2+2 seats offers more room and functionality than before.
Two models with 4.0-liter AMG V8 biturbo engines will kick off the market launch. The top model SL 63 develops 577 hp and 590 lb-ftof torque over a wide rev range from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. In the Mercedes-AMG SL 55, the V8 engine delivers 469 hp and a peak torque of 516 lb-ft. A hybrid gas-electric drivetrain will join the lineup at a later date.