THE new edition of the iconic 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.
Putting its power down on the road with all-wheel drive for the first time in 70 years, the new SL features high-tech components such as AMG active ride control suspension with active anti-roll stabilisation. It adds rear-axle steering as well.
As a consistent performance luxury model, Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach has developed the SL completely independently, and two models with AMG V8 engines will kick off the market launch.
The optionally available AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system and the standard-fit digital light with projection function sharpens the sporty profile.
In combination with the AMG 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engine, this results in a driving experience of the highest order. Further engine versions will follow, including as powerful e-performance hybrid.
The new SL was created on an all-new roadster architecture with a composite aluminium structure. No part of the body shell was adopted from the predecessor or any other model series.
It does pay homage to its past though, with the AMG-specific radiator grille emphasising the effect of the width of the front and, with 14 vertical slats; a nod to the ancestor of all SL models, the legendary 300 SL racing sports car of 1952.
Other distinctive design elements include the slim, sharply outlined digital light LED headlamps, and equally extremely slim LED rear lamps.
The electro-hydraulic soft top opens or closes fully automatically in around 15 seconds, and both are possible up to 60km/h. The multimedia touchscreen can be electrically adjusted in inclination from 12 to 32 degrees.
In addition, “Hey Mercedes”, the intelligent voice assistant, understands up to 28 languages. The technology continues with up to eight screen designs available for the digital instrument cluster.
The new Mercedes-AMG SL is available in twelve paint finishes, including five metallic paint finishes, and six MANUFAKTUR colours, along with three different soft top colours.
Australian availability, pricing and specifications for the Mercedes-AMG SL 55 4MATIC+ and Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4MATIC+ are yet to be announced.