New Mercedes SL gets soft topAugust 16, 2020
In January, the first photos of the next generation Mercedes SL-Class prototype appeared on the web. Since then, no one has seen the car, but spies spotted the 2022 test car again. Since the project is still in its early stages, the body is still completely camouflaged.
However, we can notice details such as sleek, slightly recessed headlights, an eye-catching radiator grille and narrow horizontal taillights. SL fans will no doubt notice the soft top as the next generation SL ditches the current model’s folding metal roof. From the outside, the next Mercedes SL looks sportier and more proportional and also less loaded than before.
Now the most important thing to know about the next-generation SL is that it will be developed by Mercedes-AMG alongside the next GT coupe. This means that both models will use the Modular Sports Architecture (MSA), and the soft top will be the hallmark of the new SL. According to Mercedes-AMG head Tobias Moers, the new SL-Class will be “much sportier” than the current car, offering “the perfect compromise between driving dynamics and comfort.”
It may no longer be eligible to be classified as a roadster, as reports claim it will have two small but usable rear seats, effectively becoming a 2 + 2 sports convertible. This would make it the successor to both the current SL and the convertible. An S-Class that won’t be updated for the next generation.
The engine line-up is expected to include a 3.0-liter inline-six turbo engine with 435 hp. and a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 515 hp. The SL63 should offer 612 hp. from the AMG 4.0-liter V8, and the SL73 could return as a plug-in hybrid with a total output of 800 hp.
If all goes according to plan, the next generation Mercedes SL will debut in 2021, which likely means it will hit dealerships as a 2022 model.
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