How we expect the upcoming Mercedes-Benz SL will look
Eighth iteration of the convertible will return to its sporting roots, sharing a brand new platform with the subsequent AMG GT
First prototypes of the subsequent Mercedes-Benz SL will likely be on roads this yr, in accordance with AMG boss Tobias Moers, the person liable for the brand new sports activities automobile.
Moers confirmed the SL, which is able to launch by 2021, will likely be “aligned” with the subsequent AMG GT. Each vehicles will share a brand new aluminium-intensive platform, recognized internally because the Modular Sports activities Structure (MSA), in an try to extend the economies of scale and total profitability of two of Mercedes’ most unique mannequin traces.
Autocar first scooped the brand new SL final October and now Moers has confirmed particulars of it.
“We’re bringing again the historic DNA of the SL," he mentioned. "It's miles sportier [this time round]. It would have an ideal compromise between driving dynamics and luxury as a result of it’s nonetheless form of a cruiser too.”
That is the primary time AMG has overseen growth of an SL.
Moers mentioned: “Handing over SL to AMG because the efficiency and sports activities automobile model is nice. There’s a number of duty behind that, and I’m actually honoured.”
He additionally confirmed that the eight-generation SL can be supplied solely as a roadster, like its predecessor.
Autocar has beforehand reported that the mannequin will obtain a conventional material hood instead of the folding hard-top association that has been used for the previous two incarnations of the SL.
Total, the SL will likely be revived as a lighter, quicker and extra participating mannequin, which is why AMG has been tasked with heading up the mission.
SL and GT sharing
In addition to sharing a standard platform construction, the 2 upmarket Mercedes sports activities vehicles are anticipated to share axle assemblies, suspension, steering techniques, 48V electrical structure and hybrid drivetrains, amongst different parts, in a transfer to chop prices and enhance manufacturing effectivity. The brand new SL and GT will likely be constructed alongside one another at Mercedes’ plant in Sindelfingen, Germany.
Early plans to base a successor to at present’s smaller SLC off the identical underpinnings have been deserted following a current choice to not substitute the junior Mercedes roadster as a result of dwindling gross sales.
Early prototypes of the brand new SL had been spied testing on monitor with the brand new platform beneath a shortened S-Class Coupé physique. They offer away little in regards to the automobile’s mechanical set-up, which is rumoured to run a transaxle association with a dual-clutch computerized gearbox built-in inside the rear axle meeting, like on the GT. Nevertheless, the general dimensions of the engineering mules counsel the manufacturing model will likely be barely bigger than the present SL, which is 4630mm lengthy, 1870mm extensive and 1310mm tall.
The adoption of the MSA platform is claimed to have had a constructive impact on the styling of the brand new SL, whose proportions are mentioned to be extra in step with earlier incarnations of the basic roadster than the present mannequin, which shares a platform with saloon fashions such because the C-Class, E-Class, CLS and S-Class.
A Mercedes supply informed Autocar that the brand new SL receives an extended bonnet and extra rearward-positioned cabin. “The brand new platform has given us extra freedom,” the supply mentioned. “There’s extra distance between the entrance axle and the entrance firewall. This offers it extra conventional proportions.”
The choice to interchange the folding hard-top of at present’s SL with a extra compact material hood can be mentioned to have offered higher scope within the styling of the rear of the brand new mannequin. “It’s far more shapely, particularly on the rear, as a result of it's not dictated in top and width for the packaging of the hard-top roof,” the supply added.
In an additional departure from at present’s mannequin, it is usually anticipated that Mercedes will present the 2020 SL with a 2+2 seating format. Autocar has been informed that AMG is eager to present the brand new SL the identical form of practicality because the Porsche 911, with a set of rear seats able to accommodating adults for brief journeys or, alternatively, baggage as an extension of its boot.
SL to get hybrid line-up
Mercedes plans to supply the SL with a restricted vary of hybridised in-line six-cylinder and V8 petrol engines in a line-up that’s prone to embody each normal and AMG fashions.
The vary is known to start out with an SL450 EQ Enhance mannequin working a turbocharged three.Zero-litre in-line six-cylinder creating round 365bhp, together with an added 22bhp together with an built-in starter motor.
Additional up would be the SL53, which is able to run a extra highly effective AMG-tuned model of the SL450 EQ Enhance’s mild-hybrid drivetrain with round 430bhp and added 22bhp by means of electrical help.
Among the many V8-powered fashions would be the SL500 EQ Enhance. It is because of obtain a turbocharged four.Zero-litre V8 with an identical energy output to the SL53, however considerably extra torque. Topping the vary would be the SL63. It's prone to supplied in two states of tune, with probably the most highly effective mannequin working a turbocharged four.Zero-litre V8 able to in extra of 600bhp and greater than 30bhp of electrical enhance. It's unclear if Mercedes will proceed with the V12-powered SL, though, given the potential output of the SL63, it might appear unlikely.
All engines for the brand new SL will come as normal with Mercedes’ nine-speed computerized gearbox, with the AMG variants set to undertake the Speedshift electronics bundle for quicker shift instances. Ideas are that Mercedes may provide 4Matic four-wheel drive alongside normal rear-wheel drive, though this has but to be confirmed.
Regardless of the SL’s market repositioning, it gained’t fully abandon the luxurious focus, so anticipate the inside to be nearly as opulent as Mercedes’ different high-end fashions. It will likely be extra driver-focused than vehicles such because the S-Class Coupé, however there may nonetheless be loads of the model’s newest driver help techniques drafted in, together with its semi-autonomous Drive Pilot perform.
Extra reporting by Rachel Burgess
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