Mercedes with the launch of the eighth generation of the SL roadster whose debut on the market is scheduled for next year, returns to its origins by taking inspiration from its progenitor, the first that of 1952, 70 years ago, as well as focusing more on driving pleasure. To which it adds the 2 + 2 housing solution more functional to the use of the car even for small family groups: it is 4.7 meters long. Both peculiarities had been lost with the more recent generations, much more devoted to comfort and luxury. That’s why the Stuttgart band entrusted the design and development of the 2022 model year SL to its AMG sports department.
Derived from the AMG GT super sports car
Completely different from the current one, the floor of the new Mercedes SL which derives from that of the AMG GT so much so that it combines components such as aluminum, steel, magnesium and composite fibers to guarantee a weight, without doors, hood, boot lid and other elements of external fixing, of only 270 kg. A solution that, according to the AMG, should ensure an optimal balance between an evident lightness and the rigidity necessary for a sports car: the transversal one, however, has increased by 50% compared to the AMG GT Roadster, while as regards the rigidity longitudinal was increased by 40%. Also taken care of the aerodynamics at high speeds.
Three years were required for the development of the car
The German company said that the development process, which lasted three years, was particularly challenging, as the new SL features a 2 + 2 seating arrangement and will accommodate both thermal engines and hybrid solutions. The engineers therefore tried to guarantee dynamic qualities at the height without affecting comfort. The traction is integral for the first time in 70 years and as regards the canvas roof it opens and closes in 15 seconds even in motion up to a speed of 70 km / h. How many engines, the new Mercedes SL will offer a 4,000 cc twin-turbo V8 debut. This is the 585 hp SL 63 Matic + credited with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.6 seconds and a speed of 315 km / h. Expected the arrival of a plug-in version which will be called Perfomance E.
Six driving dynamics programs
The goal is to allow you to switch from a comfortable to a dynamic attitude through a wide range of shades. The individual driving programs offer a driving experience that responds precisely to different driving conditions. The new Merceds SL also features AMG Dynamic, a system that regulates driving dynamics that extends the stabilizing functions of ESP through interventions aimed at ensuring greater agility in the adjustment of all-wheel drive. In curves approached at a sporty pace, a short braking intervention on the rear wheel inside the curve determines a well-defined yaw torque around the vertical axis of the car, for precise steering. The configuration oscillates between maximum stability and dynamism.
A cockpit under the banner of hitech
The cockpit appears opulent and full of technology, with a design similar to that of the S and C Class: dominating the view are the 12.3-inch instrument cluster LCD panel and the 11.9-inch touchscreen placed in place vertical in the center of the dashboard and which manages the latest version of the MBUX multimedia system. Both displays inside the new Mercedes-AMG SL can be customized and the German house points out that they have been designed to minimize the effect of sunlight reflections especially when driving with the top down. If this is not enough, the central screen can be electrically adjusted to a more vertical position. Among the solutions provided is the useful head-up display that projects the indications in a three-dimensional manner on the windscreen in front of the driver.