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Spy Shots: The 2022 Mercedes AMG SL Moves Closer To Production

The 2022 Mercedes AMG SL Has Dropped The Camouflage Almost Entirely

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A while back we shared everything we knew about the soon-to-be-unveiled Mercedes AMG SL. The normal version of the upcoming SL was spotted running tests last year and, not long after, the AMG version showed up in camouflage – a couple of times. Each time, we got footage of it, it revealed more and more of its design, and now, it’s almost “naked”, as it seems the roadster has “undressed” most of its camouflage.

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To recap, the upcoming generation of the Mercedes SL is the first entirely new SL in a while. It’s also the first SL to be completely developed by AMG, so we can expect much sportier characteristics.

Of course, being an SL, we still expect it to retain the characteristics of a gran-tourer or a boulevard cruiser, as that is the inevitable fate of all the previous incarnations of the model.

That said, AMG’s involvement means that the 2022 Mercedes AMG SL will not only be fast in a straight line, but it will also be more eager to go around corners and feel lighter on its feet. It’s also worth noting that the new SL looks a lot more athletic. The lack of camouflage now reveals a much tighter and more athletic design language, strongly reminiscent of the AMG GT. This is no coincidence, as former AMG executive Tobias Moers said the new SL is developed alongside the AMG GT model.

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But it will still be a great GT roadster
AMG promisses a perfect compromise between performance and comfort

We expect four different powertrains for the 2022 AMG SL. The entry-level will be the AMG SL53, which will come equipped with a mild-hybrid system focused around a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six, with an output of 435 horsepower and 384 pound-feet (520 Nm). The estimated 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time is 4.2 seconds.

All other versions will have the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 unit. Three versions will be available, the first of which has 522 horsepower and around 480 pound-feet (650 Nm). We know that the SL63 will produce 612 horsepower and 627 pound-feet (850 Nm), while the top-of-the-line SL73 will use the SL63 powertrain, coupled to a 204 horsepower electric motor for the rear axle, for a combined output of 800 horsepower and 738 pound-feet 1,000 Nm).

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Four AMG variants for the SL
Starting with the SL53, with 435 horsepower and 384 pound-feet

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he interior will feature a design similar to the S-Class, with a big center touchscreen, although surrounded by round vents.

The digital instrument cluster also appears to be mounted in a more classic housing. Another rather classic feature is the convertible soft-top, reminiscent of the R129 Mercedes SL. Before departing from AMG, Moers said that the new SL will be a perfect compromise between performance and comfort. It will definitely be a lot more versatile than previous iterations of the model. The AMG SL will debut sometime next year, potentially as a 2023 model.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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