Mercedes-Benz makes it clear from the outset in the documentation sent to the media: this new generation of its SL wants to return to its sporting roots and regain its brilliance which has faded during its last vintages. Heir to the 300 SL Gullwing, which many consider to be one of the most important cars in the history of the star brand, it is starting from scratch, with an entirely new take on its tenure.
The basic material does not lie about its intentions. Its spine is exotic, thought around a spatial structure (or space frame in English) and made of aluminum alloy. It was designed expressly for the model by high performance subsidiary AMG. This increases structural rigidity while decreasing weight.
The discerning eye will also find that its new design, largely inspired by the AMG GT, adds two additional seats to its interior, arguably increasing its versatility. However, to see the proximity of the front seats, they will undoubtedly be reserved for children. Mercedes-Benz also skips the hardtop of the previous generation, again for the sake of simplicity and lower weight. An air suspension is part of the hardware to ensure comfort and good handling in bends.
Sporty all seasons
For the first time in its career, this SL is equipped with all-wheel drive, which allows it to be used throughout the year.
The 4MATIC + system will also ensure good traction, even in the dry, a necessary element due to the standard mechanics of the Canadian convertible livery, that is to say a 4 L twin-turbo V8 light hybrid used in many many AMG variants from the manufacturer. In this case, you get 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission lowers 0-100 km / h to 3.6 seconds. Not bad at all,
The Mercedes-AMG SL 63 will go on sale next year.