This will replace the AMG GT Roadster.
Last month, our spy photographers caught the Mercedes-AMG One undergoing testing, indicating that AMG's much-anticipated F1-inspired hypercar is getting closer to production. This isn't the only exciting new car AMG is cooking up, however, as the performance division is also developing the next-generation Mercedes SL to help it stand out from the competition and replace the AMG GT Roadster.
As prototype testing continues, our spies have spotted AMG testing the new SL53 and SL63 at the Nurburgring. Since our last sighting, the new AMG SL has dropped some camouflage, giving us a better look at the next-generation roadster's sleek lines.
Look closely, and you can see some of the bright blue production body peeking under the camo. To save weight and improve the driving dynamics, a soft top roof replaces the current SL's retractable hardtop. We also get a better look at the new AMG SL's Panamericana grille with vertical slats and slim LED headlights, while the wider fenders give the SL a sportier look than its predecessor. For the first time, the new AMG SL will also have a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system so you can have fun in the snow.
With its more stylish design and sharper handling, the new AMG SL is shaping up to be a special sports car that will hopefully live up to the original 300SL's legacy.
The SL53 was spotted at the AMG test facility sporting oval exhaust pipes, while the SL63 being taken for a spin at the Nurburgring is easy to identify thanks to its larger quad exhaust tips and an active rear spoiler.
Under the hood, the SL53 is expected to pack an inline-six engine producing 435 horsepower, while the SL63 will allegedly have a twin-turbo V8 producing 612 hp. Topping the range will be the plug-in hybrid SL73e, which will feature a twin-turbo V8 and an electric motor generating a combined 800 hp. We're still waiting for Mercedes to announce a debut date, but the new SL is expected to arrive later this year.