The next-generation Mercedes-AMG SL is shaping up nicely.
One of our most anticipated new sports cars is the next-generation Mercedes-AMG SL, which will replace the AMG GT Roadster. Underpinned by the same platform as the next-generation AMG GT, the new SL will return to its sports car roots and will be significantly lighter than the current model. With AMG co-developing the roadster, we're confident the new Mercedes SL will be a return to form.
As Mercedes-AMG begins final testing before production begins, our spies have spotted a prototype out on the road with less camouflage than ever before, providing the most revealing look yet at the new roadster.
There is still camoflague covering the front and rear, but we get a clear look at the sleek profile, and S-Class-style pop-out door handles. To save weight, a red fabric roof has replaced the current car's retractable hardtop. At the front, the new SL's black Panamericana grille with vertical slats is now fully visible, flanked by slim LED headlights and large air intakes. We can also see the active rear spoiler deployed. The quad exhaust tips indicate this is the high-performance SL63.
Our spies still haven't managed to get a proper look inside the cabin, but previous photos taken from outside have shown the new SL will be equipped with a large central touchscreen like the one found in the new S-Class and a digital instrument cluster integrated into the dashboard.
Unlike the current car, the cabin has room for up to four occupants thanks to its 2+2 layout. The new SL63 shown in the photos is expected to use a twin-turbo V8 producing 612 hp. Slotting below it will be the SL53 with an inline-six engine rated at 435 hp. Sitting at the top of the range will be the electrified SL73e, which will reportedly be powered by a twin-turbo V8 and an electric motor producing a combined 800 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque.
For the first time, the new SL will be offered with an all-wheel drive system to help it tackle treacherous conditions. The covers for the new Mercedes SL are expected to come off later this year, so we won't have to wait too much longer to find out if the next-generation roadster lives up to the hype.