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Meticulously developed by Mercedes-AMG®, the 2022 SL Roadster consists of an aluminum space frame with a self-supporting structure. The chassis itself features an intelligent material composition with high aluminum content and new fiber composites. This allows for high comfort, precise driving dynamics, optimal packaging and sporty body proportions. Just like the original SL in 1952, also known as the Gullwing, the 2022 model was first conceptualized on a blank sheet of paper. Not a single component was taken from the preceding SL model or a similar model like the GT, making it a completely unique automobile.
Within the vehicle, fine materials and flawless workmanship help accentuate the minimalist approach. The completely redesigned interior features a 2+2 seating configuration for the first time since 1989. This makes the SL even more spacious and versatile. And if the extra seating isn’t needed, a deflector protects front seat passengers from wind at the back of the neck. As for the seats themselves, the avant-garde design makes them appear lighter and sleeker with fully integrated headrests and ideal ergonomics.
For use in the SL, the internally named M 177 engine received a new oil pan, repositioned intercoolers and active crankcase ventilation. The intake and exhaust ducts have been optimized for even more effective gas exchange and the exhaust gas routing for the catalytic converter box and petrol particulate filter has been enlarged. The developers achieved the increased output of the SL 63 primarily through higher boost pressure and greater air flow, as well as modified engine software. To sum up, the eight-cylinder engine thrills with its exceptional power delivery and powerful acceleration in all engine speed ranges combined with maximum efficiency for low consumption and emission values.
Header 2K: AMG® SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9G transmission
The AMG® SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9G transmission (MCT = Multi-Clutch Transmission) is specially adapted to the requirements of the new SL. A wet start-off clutch replaces the torque converter. It reduces weight and, thanks to its lower inertia, optimizes response to accelerator pedal commands, especially during spurts and load changes. The elaborately calibrated software ensures extremely short shift times and, if required, fast multiple downshifts and, thanks to the throttle blip function in the “Sport” and “Sport+” driving modes, delivers a particularly emotionally appealing gearshift experience. Here, defined ignition adjustments enable even faster gearshifts than in the other modes. In all modes moving off occurs in first gear in order to always guarantee a dynamic driving experience. There is also the RACE START function which ensures optimal acceleration from a standstill.
For the first time in its almost 70-year history, the SL is available with a drive system acting on all four wheels. The two V8 models are equipped with AMG® Performance 4MATIC®+ fully variable all-wheel drive as standard. This intelligent system combines the advantages of different drive concepts: the fully variable torque distribution to the front and rear axles ensures optimal traction right up to the physical limit. The driver is also able to rely on high handling stability and a high level of safety under all conditions: in the dry, in the wet or in snow. The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa takes place continuously on the basis of a sophisticated matrix that integrates the intelligent control into the entire vehicle systems architecture.
In the new SL, the intelligent material composition of aluminum, steel, magnesium and fiber composites ensures the highest possible rigidity in conjunction with low weight. Optimized material cross-sections and sophisticated component shaping create space for the exceptional comfort and safety features, the sophisticated technology, and the soft top. Other specific measures include aluminum thrust panels on the underbody and function-integrated struts at the front and rear. The instrument panel support made of magnesium, along with part of the front module cover bridge in a fiber composite material with a mixture of glass fibers and carbon, also demonstrate the engineers’ efforts to achieve the best possible, customized use of the most diverse materials. This also applies to the windscreen frame made of high-strength, hot-formed tubular steel. This, in conjunction with a system behind the rear seats that extends at lightning speed, if necessary, serves as rollover protection.
The 2022 SL Roadster is slated for release in early 2022. You can subscribe below to be one of the first to get more details on the 2022 SL Roadster or if you have any questions, our friendly team is standing by to assist you.