New 2021 Mercedes SL spied in lighter camouflage
These new photos signify our greatest look but on the new SL, with components just like the automobile’s aggressive aspect skirts and flush-fit door handles being revealed for the primary time.
The remainder of the convertible’s design has a powerful AMG affect, which is not any actual shock given Mercedes’s efficiency division has taken accountability for the automobile’s improvement.
Acquainted options embody the identical Panamericana radiator grille because the Mercedes-AMG GT and the corporate’s trademark sq. exhausts, that are discovered on every part from the AMG E 63 saloon to the colossal AMG GLS 63 SUV.
The earlier SL’s lengthy bonnet and comparatively quick tail have been mirrored within the new automobile’s design, though Mercedes has ditched the earlier mannequin’s folding metallic hardtop for a brand new material roof, which ought to shave a number of kilos off its kerb weight.
Mercedes additionally not too long ago teased the brand new SL’s cabin. It would obtain the same infotainment setup to the Mercedes AMG GT, with a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel forward of the motive force and an 11.9-inch infotainment system mounted within the centre of the dashboard.
An non-obligatory head-up show can present data in three dimensions on the display in a variety of types that may match the format of the configurable views proven on the automobile’s predominant display. The automobile’s audio system comes from Burmester.
Mercedes has dubbed the SL’s inside idea the “hyperanalogue” cockpit, claiming it takes inspiration from the unique 300 SL Roadster of the Fifties. The agency describes the idea as a mixture of “analogue geometry and digital work.”
The seats are designed in such a method that they seem extra compact, and have headrests built-in into the backrests for a sleeker look. They are often trimmed in a variety of finishes, together with two-tone nappa leather-based, nappa leather-based with diamond stitching, or a mixture of nappa and Dinamica material.
Mercedes design boss Gordon Wagener stated: “The SL is an icon of the model with the three-pointed star: this roadster has stood for automotive fascination and want for many years. An important alternative and problem for design, as a result of each designer desires to create icons. The result’s a revolutionary inside expertise caught between digital and analogue luxurious. We created probably the most iconic SL ever since, the luxurious icon of the 20s.”
Mercedes-AMG boss Philipp Schiemer stated: “The inside of the brand new Mercedes-AMG SL pampers drivers and passengers with refined luxurious. The brand new SL combines the very best ranges of consolation and high quality in its inside, coupled with simply the correct quantity of sportiness. The high-quality mixture of analogue world and state-of-the-art digital gear makes one factor clear: the brand new SL is the rebirth of an icon for the trendy period.”
New 2021 Mercedes SL: engines, chassis and efficiency
The seventh-generation Mercedes SL’s chassis will use a mix of aluminium, metal, magnesium and fibre composites in its development to assist preserve weight to a minimal. Mercedes says the method has labored, because the automobile’s central skeleton weighs simply 270kg.
Mercedes can also be eager to emphasize that there’s nothing within the SL’s chassis carried over from any of its present fashions – not even the AMG GT Roadster. Nonetheless, there are rumours that the brand new structure will even be used to underpin AMG’s alternative for the GT.
The brand new SL’s physique is 50 per cent extra inflexible than the AMG GT Roadster throughout its width and 40 per cent stronger over its size. Mercedes says these enhancements will translate into extra exact dealing with and higher agility, because the physique will deform much less beneath exhausting cornering.
Mercedes has additionally lowered the SL’s centre of gravity. The pick-up factors for the subframes and axles are as low down as attainable, whereas the engine can be mounted low, and near the cabin.
Mercedes has additionally confirmed that the brand new SL can be completely offered beneath the AMG banner. It’ll be accessible with four-wheel drive for the primary time, too, utilizing the identical 4MATIC+ system because the AMG E 63 S sports activities saloon.
Which means the vary ought to open with a 43-badged SL powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol unit. In the meantime, the flagship SL 63 will seemingly be powered by AMG’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, giving 604bhp.
Former AMG boss Tobias Moers (now Aston Martin CEO) beforehand informed Auto Categorical that AMG will look to supply a hybrid model of each mannequin Mercedes sends its method. He additionally hinted that the SL, as a heavier sports activities automobile focussed on touring, may very well be a pure match for a heavier electrified powertrain with an unlimited energy output.
Mercedes is already creating such a powertrain for the upcoming range-topping AMG S 73 e PHEV, which is ready to have an output of greater than 800bhp. AMG will even give the SL’s suspension an intensive overhaul in an effort to extend its attraction to eager drivers, though it should nonetheless act as a extra snug different to the AMG GT sports activities automobile.
New 2021 Mercedes SL: a set-up for the brand new AMG GT
In 2019, sports activities vehicles contributed to barely multiple % of Mercedes’s whole gross sales worldwide, with round 28,400 vehicles offered. That’s an increase of 48 per cent over 2018 however, by the agency’s personal admission, the AMG GT line-up accounts for many of that, with the compact SLC roadster now banished from the line-up and full-size SL dwindling in significance.
Whereas the SLC now has no future, the model’s determination to construct the brand new SL with AMG hinges on the shared use of a brand new light-weight, aluminium-intensive platform that can ultimately underpin the following AMG GT.
Talking to Auto Categorical earlier than his swap to Aston Martin, former AMG boss Tobias Moers defined how the mission was creating: “This can be a programme that’s actually intense,” he stated. “The brand new SL aligned with possibly the following technology of GT.
“I believe it’s time to vary the angle of SL a bit of bit and convey again a little bit of the historical past of this touring DNA of SL – make it sportier, and different issues.”
Timeline: six generations of Mercedes SL
W198 (1954-63): Iconic Gullwing lasted for 3 years earlier than Roadster changed it. 4-cylinder 190 SL was the reasonably priced different.
W113 (1963-1971): ‘Pagoda’ mannequin got here with a detachable hard-top. 230, 250 and 280 fashions all got here with six-cylinder engines.
R107 (1971-1989): In addition to a roadster, Mercedes produced the four-seat SLC coupé up till 1981. This was the primary SL with a V8.
R129 (1989-2001): SL moved into the nineties with V12 energy launched for the primary time. AMG variations additionally seem.
R230 (2001-2011): Launched folding hard-top roof first seen on the SLK, in addition to adaptive physique management and different hi-tech aids.
R231 (2012-2020): Outgoing SL was a closely up to date model of the R230 that used an all-aluminium physique for the primary time.