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The legend continues with the arrival of the new Mercedes-AMG SL | Digital Trends Spanish

The debut of a new generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL is an event that does not happen often. Since the arrival of the legendary 300 SL ‘gull wings’ 67 years ago, the German manufacturer has only produced six generations of this ever-striking two-seater, whose identity has ranged from pure sportiness to limitless luxury. The seventh generation will wear the emblems of the Mercedes-AMG sports car division for the first time, an indication of the return to the sporty origin of the model, which does not for that reason abandon the extreme luxury with which its last three generations have welcomed its passengers.

Let’s meet the new Mercedes-AMG SL.


The new Mercedes-AMG SL not only replaces the current Mercedes-Benz SL line, but also replaces the two-door versions of the mighty Mercedes-AMG GT, with which it keeps a closer visual semblance. However, the styling of the new model shows visual cues consistent with the latest Mercedes-Benz design language such as the CLS and A-Class-like triangular LED headlights, and the ever-aggressive Pan-American grille with vertical slats, which it debuted in the 300 SL that swept the 1954 Pan-American race, and which today is for the exclusive use of Mercedes-AMG models.

The beautiful side profile abandons the upward line necessary to hide the necessary space to store the bulky retractable metal roof, in favor of an elegant line parallel to the floor made possible by its new three-layer fabric roof, which can be installed and stored at speeds up to 37 mph (59 km / h) in just 15 seconds. The cloth roof, heated rear window is significantly lighter and helped lower the center of gravity, which should translate into better handling. New pop-up electronic door handles contribute to the cleanliness of the new’s profile. SL.

At the rear we get taillights that replicate the design of the headlamps giving cohesion to the design, and an active rear spoiler is integrated into the boot lid with no less than six settings. Quadruple tailpipes flank a diffuser typical of high-performance AMG models. Mercedes-AMG will offer an optional aerodynamic package with active aerodynamics in the front air intakes and an even more robust rear diffuser.

The result is a striking sports car with a sublimely beautiful and striking design that honors its first three generations more than the two that preceded it.


The interior shows significant technological updates and a clean design that both the previous SL and GT lacked, and which was made possible by the huge vertically positioned touchscreen to interact with the MBUX infotainment system whose tilt can be electronically adjusted between 12 ° to 32 ° for ease of use and to avoid sun glare. The instrument cluster is contained in a 12.3-inch screen, and replicated in a projection to the windshield with augmented reality to keep your eyes on the road.

As expected AMG sports seats are present in the new model as well as the Airscarf warm air scarf that comes out of the vents integrated in the front head restraints to enjoy outdoor driving on cold days. For the first time since the third generation of the SL, produced between 1972 and 1989, the model offers enough space to accommodate two auxiliary seats, but with the exception that they can only be occupied by small children.

Engines and mechanics

The seventh generation of the SL will initially be offered in the United States in the SL 55 and SL 63 variants, both equipped with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine. In the SL 55 the engine is calibrated to generate 469 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, while at the top of the line, the SL 63, output goes up to 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes said two plug-in hybrid versions of the model will arrive in the future. In both cases the engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission equipped with a launch control function.

The SL will be available for the first time with all-wheel drive, thanks to the incorporation of the 4Matic + system with variable torque distribution and an electronically controlled clutch that links the permanently-drive rear axle with the front wheels. Mercedes-AMG also offers an electronically controlled limited-slip differential at the rear, optional for the SL 55 and standard on the SL 63, for increased traction and cornering stability, which are also improved thanks to the steering system on the rear axle. which also improves the turning radius.

The manufacturer did not share information on prices, or on the arrival date of the seventh generation of the SL, but due to the date that was chosen for its presentation it is not unreasonable to assume that the new Mercedes-AMG SL will begin to be distributed in the first half of the year. From 2022 he is willing to talk about pricing and availability right now, but we expect the new SL for the 2022 model year.

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