If 577 Horses In The New AMG SL Aren’t Enough, Manhart’s Got You Covered
The Manhart-tuned AMG SL will churn out up to 800 horsesby Isaac Atienza, on
The newly-unveiled Mercedes-AMG SL is the first generation of the nameplate that’s developed by the folks at AMG themselves. This new model is also the first to come only with an all-wheel-drive system (AWD). Because this is developed by AMG from the ground up, it only features a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 in two states of tune, and yet, Manhart thinks that it deserves a third state of tune, wherein it will produce 800 horsepower. Is it enough now?
Manhart is known to tune BMWs, but it often dips its toes into the AMG and Land Rover pools. So, this time around, it chose the Mercedes-AMG SL for its experiment. As is with every Manhart-tuned vehicle, the SL is rocking a black and gold color scheme. There’s also a subtle SL 800 R badge below its side vents, with the 800 in its nameplate denoting that it produces 800 horsepower.
While the front and rear bumpers are unchanged, it did add gold highlights to give the SL a more distinct appearance. Topping it all off are black alloy wheels with gold accents along with a lowered ride height for a better stance.
No renderings of the interior have been shown, but just as with other Manhart builds, we won’t be surprised if the interior will be heavy on carbon fiber and gold accents.
Manhart has not yet announced whether the entire Mercedes-AMG SL lineup will get these upgrades or not, but we won’t be surprised if this will be exclusive to the SL 63. For reference, the base SL 55’s 4.0-liter V-8 produces 469 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, whereas the SL 63 develops 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of twist from the same engine.
However, for this build, Manhart wants to push it to the aforementioned 800 horsepower figure and over 738 pound-feet of torque through an in-house turbo kit, intercooler, and carbon intake.
This is sent to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission.
For now, these are all just renderings, but Manhart will definitely put it into production soon. As expected, pricing has not yet been announced.