We have high hopes for the next-generation Mercedes-AMG SL.
It was just a few days ago when our spy photographers caught a prototype of the new Mercedes-AMG SL lapping the Nurburgring. Now, the new Mercedes-AMG SL has been spotted cruising the sunny streets of Beverly Hills, and while it isn't getting pushed as hard, we get to see it on the move in new video footage.
While filming a video for the Mercedes-AMG C43, the videographer spotted a new SL prototype sneaking past. Fortunately for us, he gave chase and caught up with the prototype to film some footage of the redesigned sports car in action.
Like the prototype we recently saw at the Nurburgring, the prototype is fully camouflaged, but we get a much closer look at the rear. The larger square exhaust tips indicate we're looking at the new AMG SL63. We also get a clear look at the new SL's slim, redesigned taillights, as well as a glimpse of the Panamericana grille with vertical slats and sleek LED headlights in a separate drive-by shot.
From what we have seen so far, the new SL looks sharper, sportier, and more athletic than its aging predecessor. Despite the sunny weather, the test driver kept the new fabric roof up at all times.
This will replace the old model's retractable hardtop, which should reduce the car's weight. It's safe to say we have high hopes for the new Mercedes SL: with AMG now in charge in development, it should drive like a dream.
In terms of engine options, the new SL is expected to use an inline-six engine producing 435 horsepower in its SL53 guise, whereas the SL63 will utilize a twin-turbo V8 rated at 612 hp. This won't be the most powerful variant, however: that title will belong to the SL73e plug-in hybrid, which will combine a twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor to produce 800 hp. These sightings suggest the new Mercedes-AMG SL will break cover sooner rather than later. When it goes on sale, the new AMG SL will replace the AMG GT Roadster, which should give it a stronger identity.