After a rather long hiatus, the Mercedes-Benz SL name is back to continue its impressive lineage. For nearly 70 years, the SL name stood for Sport Leicht (Sport Light) and the new model continues that tradition, being offered only in AMG versions. Therefore, the official name for the newly unveiled car is Mercedes-AMG SL.
Compared to its predecessor, everything has changed. The chassis is new, the engines are new, the designs are new, and everything was done to create a more compelling vehicle. The new SL will be replacing the aging Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster in the range, with a fresh design that follows in the footsteps of other recent models penned in Stuttgart. Since we’re talking solely of AMG models, the Panamericana grille up front will be visible on all SL versions.
But what AMG models will be on offer? Well, the range kicks off with the SL55, which uses a 4-liter twin-turbo V8, making 469 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque, hooked up to a 9-speed automatic transmission. For the first time ever, the SL range will be available with all-wheel drive, namely the 4Matic+ system, using an electromechanically controlled clutch to split the power between the front and rear axles. The cars also come with variable torque distribution and launch control.
The big daddy, SL 63 AMG model, will have the same transmission and V8 engine under the hood, but upgraded to deliver up to 577 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, we don’t have any official acceleration figures, but rest assured, both of these cars will be plenty fast.
The new fabric roof is made up of three layers, for better protection for those inside the cabin, while managing to shave off about 46 lbs from the total weight of the car in the process. This roof car be raised or lowered in 15 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph.
The interior took a page out of the current Mercedes-Benz rulebook and looks very similar to what you’ll find in the new S-Class, for example. The central screen can be adjusted for glare and the materials used inside will surely be of the best quality. Occupants also get the trademark Airscarf heating system for the colder nights. Officially, the SL has four seats but realistically, only two of them will be usable.
For now, pricing and availability details are not available but, most likely, the first Mercedes-AMG SL models will be delivered next year.