Spied! First Look At All-New 2021 Mercedes SL

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Here's your first look at the next-generation Mercedes SL.

Having been on sale since 2013, the current Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is one of the oldest models in the German automaker's lineup. An all-new model is long overdue to improve the SL's slow sales. Thankfully, a replacement is coming, and it will share a lot in common with the Mercedes-AMG GT. And now we can reveal the first spy shots of the next-generation Mercedes SL in its production guise.

The new Mercedes SL is being developed by AMG alongside the new Mercedes-AMG GT, and the performance division's influence is clear to see. Compared to the current model, the new Mercedes SL features sportier styling and a lightweight fabric roof replacing the heavy folding hard-top roof, although the heavy camouflage prevents us from getting a good look at the design details. The camouflaged prototype appears to have production headlights, however.

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AMG boss Tobias Moers has said the new SL-Class will be "far sportier" than the current car and have a "perfect compromise between driving dynamics and comfort because it's still kind of a cruiser, too." He also confirmed the next-generation SL will be available exclusively as a roadster.

To cut production costs down, the new Mercedes SL will ride on the same Modular Sports Architecture as the next-generation Mercedes-AMG GT, which will make the new SL significantly lighter. The cabin is also expected to be more spacious and incorporate rear seats for the first time.

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As for engine options, the new Mercedes SL is expected to be offered with an inline six-cylinder producing 435 horsepower and a 522-hp twin-turbo V8, while the next-generation SL63 could have 612 hp if rumors are to be believed. The SL73 could also return as a plug-in hybrid with an SL63-based powertrain and a 204-hp electric motor producing a combined 800 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque.

Nothing is official yet, but the Mercedes SL could debut in 2021, followed by the new AMG GT in 2022.

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