New Mercedes-AMG SL Spied Nearly Naked

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The Mercedes-AMG SL looks nearly ready for its reveal.

One of the star cars at the 2021 Munich Motor Show was the Mercedes-AMG EQS, AMG's first-ever electric performance car. We were hoping to get a glimpse of the new Mercedes-AMG SL at the show, but Mercedes is saving its reveal for later this year. As it gets closer to production, the Mercedes-AMG SL has started strip teasing, showing more skin than ever before.

Our spies have spotted an SL prototype being tested by AMG, but this time there is almost no camouflage apart from a few strips covering the front and rear, giving us a clearer look at the sleek design. Dominating the front is a prominent Panamericana grille, flanked with stylish triangular headlights and large air intakes.

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Compared to its predecessor, the new SL has a sleeker profile thanks to its longer hood, curvaceous body, and sloped rear. The new prototype rides on large wheels with yellow brake calipers. At the back, the prototype features thin taillights and a quad exhaust system, which indicates we're looking at the new SL63. To reduce weight, the old SL's hardtop is replaced with a new fabric roof.

We don't get to see inside, but Mercedes-AMG has already revealed the interior in full, which incorporates a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and an 11.9-inch central touchscreen. For the first time since 1989, the new Mercedes SL has rear seats with room for up to four occupants.

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Under the skin, the new Mercedes SL will ride on the same platform as the next-generation AMG GT with an aluminum space frame. This extensive use of aluminum will make the new Mercedes SL significantly lighter and more agile than its predecessor.

Under the hood, the new SL63 is expected to pack a twin-turbo V8 rated at 612 hp. Topping the range will be the new SL73e plug-in hybrid, which will combine a twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor to generate a combined 800 hp. Since this prototype is practically naked, we shouldn't have to wait much longer for the new Mercedes SL to break cover and return to its sports car roots.

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