Sportier aspirations and a new soft-top roof mean it's a lot more than a boulevard cruiser.
Mercedes-Benz is putting the final flourishes on a new generation of the SL. With the current generation having been around for a decade, the SL is due for a replacement but the topless GT will also have to do double duty this time around as a worthy replacement for the sporty AMG GT Roadster. With AMG's expertise, this means it's likely to be a lot more than just a cushy cruiser. The new Mercedes-Benz SL-Class will also come with an all-wheel-drive system, a 2+2 layout, and a soft-top roof. Armed with this information and a few spy shots, our render artist imagined what it might look like.
The rendered design showcases a sporty, squat, and more purposeful design than prior iterations of the SL. It wears the familiar vertical-bar AMG grille with the big Mercedes badge in the center, stylish headlamps, and a long hood. The contrast of the black soft-top roof is a change over the complex retractable hardtop fitted to previous SLs. Overall, it's a much less flabby affair and looks more resolved than the pre-facelift current-gen SL, which received plenty of criticism when it was launched. New spy shots of the high-performance AMG show that it has a sleek rear end with a deployable spoiler.
The traditional quad-exit exhaust outlets are also in place, as they are on other AMG models. As for the new AWD system, it's a rear-biased setup so the new SL should not only be a better straight-line performer but also be fun to throw through the corners. Spy shots of the new SL's cabin have been hard to come by but it does seem like it will ditch more physical controls in favor of a larger touchscreen just like the latest S-Class sedan. As for powerplants, nothing is confirmed but the range is expected to offer an SL53 with an inline-six, an SL63 twin-turbo V8 with over 600 hp, and a manic SL73e plug-in hybrid with a V8 and an electric motor producing around 800 hp. It should be an absolute beast.