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AUTO NEWS – New 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL revealed as reboot of iconic sports activities automobile

New 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL revealed as reboot of iconic sports activities automobile


Mercedes has got down to show that you could train an previous canine new tips with just a little added assist from AMG. And that is the consequence: the brand new Mercedes-AMG SL, which arrives having been developed in Affalterbach by the model’s efficiency wing, “combining the sports activities automobiles and driving dynamics of AMG with the consolation and splendid attraction of Mercedes,” in response to AMG boss Philipp Schiemer. 

Fewer than one per cent of the automobiles bought by Mercedes world wide have been sports activities automobiles in 2020, representing 17,800 of complete gross sales of greater than two million. Maybe, then, it’s a shock to see that the SL has been given a brand new lease of life when its smaller SLC sibling has been axed. However Mercedes and AMG have gone again to the drafting board with this new mannequin, which it needs to place as a sportier providing extra in step with the unique 300 SL of 1954.

To attain this, AMG has developed a completely new platform for the SL known as Modular Sports activities Structure (MSA), which might be shared with the next-generation AMG GT on the very least, whereas a number of key modifications to the automobile’s design have been launched, to reposition it. 

Key to the brand new MSA platform is a light-weight aluminum spaceframe upon which the brand new SL’s bodyshell sits. A fabric combination of aluminum, metal, magnesium and fibre composites has been used to realize rigidity that exceeds that of the AMG GT in some parameters, however crucially implies that the brand new SL’s physique shell construction has 18 per cent elevated torsional rigidity over the previous mannequin’s. 

It’s a scalable platform and we’ll see different new fashions use it; for instance, the subsequent AMG GT has already been confirmed on the MSA by Mercedes. A number of powertrain configurations and electrification are potential, however for now Mercedes has confirmed a pair of V8 fashions and has promised an E-Efficiency plug-in hybrid mannequin due in some unspecified time in the future within the SL’s lifespan.

The brand new SL is a 2+2 roadster with a folding material hood; the soft-top has been reintroduced for a decrease centre of gravity and for weight discount of 21kg over an equal folding onerous prime. Mercedes says it takes 15 seconds for the roof to open or shut, a course of activated through a panel on the centre console or by the use of a menu on the touchscreen infotainment system, and potential at as much as 37mph. Though the automobile goes again to a cloth roof, Mercedes design boss Gorden Wagener insists that it’s a contemporary contact. “We’ll by no means do retro design,” he informed us. 

The outside design carries over no half from some other Mercedes mannequin however is in key with the model’s present design language. The entrance finish makes use of a Panamerica type grille with vertical slats however is differentiated from the AMG GT with triangular headlights. The passenger cell is extra in the midst of the automobile, to create area for the 2 booster seats behind the motive force and passenger. The sloping rear finish sports activities a pair of properly outlined shoulders over the rear axle, whereas on the rear is an extended bootlid with an built-in spoiler, quad exit exhausts and enormous triangular LED taillights. Additional lively aerodynamic underbody components are elective. 

Wheels starting from 19 to 21 inches in dimension might be accessible, and since the SL is now an AMG mannequin, a sporty AMG bodykit with a large entrance splitter and air deflectors is customary match. Mercedes Digital Mild matrix LED headlights with projector features are additionally included as customary on the brand new SL. 

New Mercedes-AMG SL: engines and chassis

From launch the brand new SL is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine accessible in two energy ranges, each sending drive to a 4MATIC four-wheel-drive system through a nine-speed automated gearbox. 

The vary kicks off with the SL 55 4MATIC, which options the well-known 4.0-itre V8 biturbo engine, producing 469bhp and 700Nm of torque. Mercedes claims 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds, with a prime pace of 183mph. The opposite choice consumers could have from launch would be the SL 63 4MATIC, which has 577bhp and 800Nm. The time for the 0-62mph dash drops to three.6 seconds and prime pace climbs to a claimed 195mph.

Each automobiles emit from 268g/km of CO2 and have a mean financial system determine from 23.9mpg. The extra highly effective SL 63 model comes as customary with lively engine mounts, which stiffen or slacken mechanically, in a lot the identical means as an automated adaptive suspension system. These are an choice on the SL 55. 

For the primary time within the mannequin’s historical past, the SL goes all-wheel drive, with a totally variable 4MATIC system that may distribute torque between the entrance and rear axles. The SL 55 is supplied with AMG Experience Management metal suspension with adaptive dampers, however the 63 comes geared up with AMG Energetic Experience Management, which incorporates hydraulic anti-roll stabilisation alongside the adjustable damper system. It additionally receives a limited-slip rear differential; once more, that is elective on the 55. 

4-wheel steering is obtainable on each fashions. As much as 62mph, the rear wheels can flip in the wrong way to the entrance axle by as much as 2.5 levels, to assist turn-in and low-speed manoeuvrability. Above 62mph, the rear wheels flip in the identical course because the fronts, for higher stability. 

An E-Efficiency hybrid model of the brand new SL has been confirmed. Nevertheless, Mercedes has not but revealed if this might be based mostly on the brand new plug-in hybrid V8 system within the AMG GT 63 S E-Efficiency, which produces a colossal 843bhp, or on the four-cylinder plug-in hybrid engine hotly rumoured to be beneath growth for the subsequent AMG C 63 saloon. Nonetheless, AMG Boss Schiemer confirmed that four-cylinder variations of the SL will seem in some kind.

New Mercedes-AMG SL: inside, infotainment and practicality

The inside of the brand new SL blends the model’s newest infotainment expertise discovered on the posh S-Class limo with a sportier and extra conventional dashboard design, which the model calls ‘hyperanalogue’. The automobile is a 2+2 for the primary time for the reason that R129 era SL from the late Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, though by the model’s personal admission the rear seats are appropriate just for folks shorter than 1.50m.

An extended centre console flows upwards into the dashboard, and is the place a portrait-orientated 11.9-inch MBUX infotainment system is discovered. It’s very comparable in operation to the set-up discovered within the newest S-Class, however with AMG visuals and graphics on the menus and interfaces. The angle at which it sits may be altered to swimsuit lighting circumstances. It’s supported by a 12.3in digital instrument panel. 

A pair of electrically adjustable AMG Sports activities seats are customary, with separate heating methods for the cushion and backrest, plus the Mercedes Airscarf system. Even racier AMG Efficiency seats can be found on the choices checklist, as is seat cooling. 

Mercedes says that the 213-litre boot can maintain two golf luggage, though selecting the elective Load Compartment Package deal introduces a sliding partition that will increase the boot dimension to 240 litres when the roof is up. 

New Mercedes-AMG SL: worth and on sale date

Mercedes has not confirmed any particular particulars in regards to the launch of the brand new SL past the supply of the 55 and 63 variants. It hasn’t outlined when the brand new SL might be accessible to order, or on roads, nor has it hinted at a beginning worth. 

It’s most likely protected to imagine that it received’t arrive on UK roads till no less than spring 2022, and with a beginning worth decrease than that of the fundamental AMG GT, and in comparable territory to the newest S-Class, so round £85,000 for the 55 variant and near £100,000 for the 63.

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 inexpensive 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.

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