World Launch of the New Mercedes-AMG SL

World Launch of the New Mercedes-AMG SL
World Launch of the New Mercedes-AMG SL

The new Mercedes-AMG SL returns to its roots as a new version of an icon, with a classic fabric awning roof and sporty character. Offering a structure suitable for daily use, the luxury roadster for 2+2 people transfers its power to the road with four-wheel drive for the first time. While advanced technologies such as AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension with active anti-rolling, rear axle steering, optional AMG high-performance ceramic composite braking system and DIGITAL LIGHT headlight offered as standard reinforce the sporty profile, the AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine offers a high-level driving experience. . Mercedes-AMG developed the SL independently in Affalterbach. With the start of sales, the AMG V8 engine will be offered in two different power versions.

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Introduced for the first time in Stuttgart nearly 70 years ago, the SL soon became a legend. The vision of the Mercedes-Benz brand to develop its potential through its achievements in motorsport racing resulted in a road version of a racing car, thus the first SL was born. Launched in 1952, the 300 SL (internally referred to as the W 194) quickly achieved success after success on the world's major racetracks. He placed first and second at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, among many other achievements, as well as the top four places at the Nürburgring Grand Jubilee Award. These achievements quickly made the SL a legend.

The new Mercedes-AMG SL marks another milestone in its decades-long history of development, from the thoroughbred racing car to the luxury open-top sports car. The new SL combines the sportiness of the original SL with the unique luxury and technological splendor that characterize modern Mercedes models.

With its exciting design, advanced technologies and superior driving characteristics, the new Mercedes-AMG SL continues to set the standards in the luxury sports car segment. The new SL combines the modern Mercedes-Benz design philosophy with sensual purity, AMG-specific sportiness and model-specific characteristic details. The two powerful protrusions on the hood are just one of the many memories of the first SL generation. The play of light and shadow on the body brings an exciting look. The new SL returns to its sporty roots with its design details.

Exterior design: Balanced design with sporty genes

The long wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs, long engine hood, sloping windshield, cabin positioned close to the rear and strong rear stand out as the characteristic features of the body design. All this creates the characteristic SL body proportions. It gives the roadster a strong and dynamic look with its strong fender arches and large alloy wheels at body level. Seamlessly integrated into the body when closed, the sunroof reinforces the sporty aspect of the SL.

The AMG-specific radiator grille reinforces the sense of width at the front, and the 14 vertical strips refer to the legendary 1952 SL racing sports car of 300, the ancestor of all SL models. DIGITAL LIGHT LED headlights with thin, sharp lines and thin LED taillights complete the modern and dynamic look.

Interior: Luxe performance with “Hyperanalog” cockpit

The interior of the new Mercedes-AMG SL adapts the tradition of the first 300 SL Roadster into the modern era. The new generation combines sportiness and luxury in a magnificent way. Quality materials and impeccable craftsmanship emphasize the high standard of comfort. The center console with its adjustable central display reveals a driver-oriented design. The new interior for 2+2 people offers more space and functionality than before. The rear seats increase the practicality of daily use and offer a comfortable living space for passengers up to 1,50 meters.

The minimalist interior of the 300 SL Roadster, adorned with quality materials, inspires the interior design of the new model. The result is an exciting combination of analog and digital worlds called “Hyperanalogue”. An example is the fully digital instrument cluster integrated into a three-dimensional viewfinder. The MBUX infotainment system offered as standard offers special screen themes and different mode options.

The electrically adjustable AMG sports seats offered as standard are just one of the many highlights of the interior of the new SL. Headrests integrated into the backrest reinforce the sporty character. Thanks to AIRSCARF, which is offered as standard, warm air flows from the air outlets in the headrests into the passenger compartment and wraps the head and neck area of ​​the driver and front passenger like a scarf. Great ergonomics and various stitching and quilting patterns complete the combination of high technology, performance and luxury. AMG Performance seats are available as an option.

The new generation MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) offers intuitive operation and is capable of learning. It incorporates many functional contents and working structures of the second generation MBUX system introduced to the market with the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. In the SL, extensive AMG-exclusive content is available in five screen themes. Special menu items such as “AMG Performance” or “AMG TRACK PACE” also emphasize the sporty character.

Body: New roadster architecture in composite aluminum

The new SL is based on the completely new 2+2 seater vehicle architecture developed by Mercedes-AMG. The chassis is designed as lightweight composite aluminum and consists of an independent aluminum spaceframe. Revealing a rigid structure, the design creates an ideal basis for superior driving dynamics, high comfort and sporty body proportions. The new body, like the first SL in 1952, was created on a completely blank slate. It doesn't feature a single component from the previous SL or any other model like the AMG GT Roadster.

Body architecture; Focusing on lateral and vertical dynamics, it aims to deliver the driving performance typical of AMG, while meeting high standards of comfort and safety. The cleverly applied material mix ensures the greatest possible rigidity while keeping the weight low. The materials used and the technical solutions applied save space for the awning roof as well as extensive comfort and safety features. As in the case of the windshield frame, materials such as aluminum, magnesium, fiber composite and steel are used. The materials and production techniques used provide an advanced level of security with the roll bars that open at the speed of light when necessary.

Compared to the previous generation, the torsional rigidity of the body frame has been improved by 18 percent. The transverse stiffness is 50 percent better than the AMG GT Roadster. Vertical stiffness is 40 percent better. The weight of the trunk skeleton is around 270 kilograms. The lightweight construction combined with a low center of gravity provides superior driving dynamics.

Active aerodynamics: ideal balance and high efficiency

In developing the new SL, particularly high aerodynamic efficiency, which provides an ideal balance between low drag and reduced lift, was a top priority. This is where the luxury roadster benefits from Mercedes-AMG's motorsport expertise and extensive active aerodynamics front and rear. All aerodynamic elements are seamlessly integrated into the body design, while the measures taken reduce the drag coefficient to 0.31 Cd. A terrific value for open-top sports cars.

the aerodynamic body of the SL; It meets complex requirements such as handling stability, friction, cooling and wind noise. Whether it is open or closed, the driving character of the car does not change. The balanced aerobalance prevents critical driving conditions from occurring during sudden maneuvers at high speeds.

Active air control system AIRPANEL: Two parts for the first time

The two-part active air control system AIRPANEL makes significant contributions to efficiency. The first part works with vertical louvers hidden behind the lower air intake at the front, while the second part is located behind the upper air intake and has horizontal louvers. Normally all shutters are closed. This reduces drag and directs air to the underbody, further reducing lift at the front. The louvers only open when certain temperatures are reached and the cooling air demand is high, allowing maximum cooling air to flow to the heat exchangers. The second system is only unlocked from 180 km/h.

Another active component is the rear spoiler, which is integrated into the trunk lid and opens depending on driving conditions. The software to activate the spoiler; It takes into account many parameters such as driving speed, vertical and lateral acceleration and steering speed. The spoiler gets five different position angles from 80 km/h to improve handling or reduce drag.

An optional active aerodynamic element hidden in the underbody in front of the engine also contributes to handling. Weighing around two kilograms, the carbon insert adapts itself to AMG driving modes and automatically extends downwards by around 80 millimeters at 40 km/h. With the activation of AMG driving modes, the "Venturi Effect" occurs, which pulls the vehicle to the road surface and reduces the front axle lift.

19, 20 or 21 inch diameter aerodynamically optimized alloy wheels are offered, which reduce drag with less turbulence. Weight-saving plastic aero halkalı The 20-inch wheels stand out in particular.

Awning roof: Less weight and low center of gravity

In the new SL, which is positioned more sporty, an awning roof is preferred instead of a retractable metal roof. Weight savings of 21 kg and a lower center of gravity have a positive effect on driving dynamics and handling. Space- and weight-saving Z-shaped folding makes the traditional awning roof top cover unnecessary. The front roof hatch ensures that the open awning is flush with the surface in its final position. Engineers deployed effective solutions for daily use comfort and enhanced sound insulation. Three-layer design; It consists of a stretched outer shell, a carefully applied ceiling tile and a quality 450 gr/m² acoustic filling placed between them.

Opening and closing takes only 15 seconds and can be opened and closed at speeds up to 60 km/h. The awning roof is operated via the control panel in the center console or the touch screen that shows the process with an animation.

Engine, transmission and all-wheel drive: More variety and more choice

The new SL will be offered for sale with the AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine in two power levels. The engines are hand-assembled at the company's Affalterbach plant, according to the "One Man, One Engine" principle. In the top version, the SL 63 4MATIC+ (combined fuel consumption 12,7-11,8 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 288-268 g/km), the engine produces 585 HP (430 kW) and runs at 2.500 to 4.500 rpm. It offers 800 Nm of torque in the range. The 0-100 km/h acceleration of this version is completed in just 3,6 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 315 km/h. In the SL 55 4MATIC+ (mixed fuel consumption 12,7-11,8 lt/100 km, mixed CO2 emissions 288-268 g/km) version, the V8 engine produces 476 HP (350 kW) power and 700 Nm torque. The 0-100 km/h acceleration of this version is completed in just 3,9 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 295 km/h.

Engine, to be used in SL; improved with a new oil pan, repositioned intercoolers and active crankcase ventilation. Intake and exhaust ducts have been optimized to relieve gas flow, and exhaust gas routing has been expanded for the catalytic converter and gasoline particulate filter. The engineers described the power increase of the SL 63 4MATIC+; achieved with higher turbo pressure, higher airflow and also with optimized software. Engine; It offers high power generation and high traction power in a wide rev range along with low consumption and emission values.

Performance hybrid version under development

In the future, the SL will also be offered as a performance hybrid version. The AMG E PERFORMANCE strategy is based on electrical systems that further improve driving dynamics but are also highly efficient.

wet start clutch for transmission

Specially adapted for the new SL, the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission combines an exciting shifting experience with extremely short shift times. The torque converter is replaced by a wet start clutch. This reduces weight and optimizes throttle response thanks to lower inertia.

More traction and handling: fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive

For the first time in its nearly 70-year history, the SL is offered with all-wheel drive. Both V8 versions are equipped with the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system as standard. This advanced system offers fully variable torque distribution to the front and rear axles and optimum traction up to the physical limit.

Suspension and brakes: Multi-link front axle, active anti-roll and optimum braking

The SL 55 4MATIC+ is fitted as standard with the new AMG RIDE CONTROL steel suspension with aluminum shock absorbers and lightweight coil springs. For the first time, a five-spoke front axle arranged in the rim is used in a production Mercedes-AMG model. It also uses a 5-spoke structure on the rear axle.

The innovative AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension with active, hydraulic anti-roll stabilizers makes its debut with the SL 63 4MATIC+. Active hydraulics replace conventional mechanical anti-roll bars and control the swinging movements of the new SL. The system provides superior driving dynamics and high feedback, AMG-specific driving characteristics and optimum steering and weight transfer control. It also improves driving comfort in a straight line and on bumps.

The newly developed high-performance AMG composite braking system provides a braking characteristic with high braking values ​​and control. The braking system offers short braking distances, sensitive response and high stability even under heavy pressure. The new composite brake discs are lighter and take up less space than before, which is used for more efficient brake cooling. Directional hole application; In addition to additional weight savings and better heat dissipation, it provides advantages such as better pad cleaning after braking maneuvers as well as faster response in wet road conditions.

Active rear axle steering: Combining agility and stability

For the first time, the long-established SL is equipped with active rear-axle steering as standard. The rear wheels change direction either in the opposite direction (up to 100 km/h) or in the same direction (faster than 100 km/h) with the front wheels, depending on speed. Thus, the system provides both agile and balanced handling, which are opposite features, without rear axle steering. The system also; It offers advantages such as more controlled driving control and less steering effort at the limits.

Six driving modes and AMG DYNAMICS: from comfort to dynamics

Six AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes, “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+”, “Personal” and “RACE” (standard for SL 63 4MATIC+, optional for SL 55 4MATIC+ included in AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package), It offers a wide range of adjustments from comfort to dynamic. Personal driving modes provide a personal driving experience adapted to different driving conditions. As a feature of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes, the SL also offers AMG DYNAMICS. This integrated vehicle dynamics control, to improve the driving characteristics of the car; It expands the functions of ESP® with all-wheel drive, steering features and additional ESP® functions. The spectrum ranges from extremely stable to extremely dynamic.

SL equipment range: A wide variety of customizations

Equipment details and numerous options offer a variety of personalization that meets different customer expectations, from sporty-dynamic to luxury-elegant. A rich assortment is offered in twelve body colours, three hood colours, and a number of new wheel designs, two of which are exclusive to the SL, Hyper Blue metallic and MANUFAKTUR Monza Gray Magno. Three exterior styling packages are available for a sharper, sleeker or more dynamic look. The SL 55 4MATIC+ is fitted as standard with 19-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels. Optionally, silver or matte black options come into play. The SL 63 4MATIC+ is fitted with 20-inch AMG 5-double-spoke alloy wheels. The rim variety consists of nine different options, including two aerodynamically optimized 5-twin-spoke or multi-spoke models. Rim diversity; It is complemented by 10-spoke 21-inch AMG alloy and 5-double-spoke 21-inch AMG forged wheels, both available in two colours.

Driving assistance systems and MBUX: Intelligent assistants in the background

Driving assistance systems monitor the environment with the help of numerous sensors, cameras and radars. As with the current C-Class and S-Class generations, the driver is supported by new or improved systems in everyday driving situations such as speed adaptation, distance control, steering and lane changing. Driving support systems can react as a requirement of driving conditions when there is a danger. The operation of the systems is visualized by the new display concept on the instrument panel.

The new help display in the instrument cluster clearly and transparently shows how the driving assistance systems work in full-screen view. Driver; it can see its own car, lanes, lane markings and other stakeholders in traffic, including cars, trucks and two-wheelers, in 3D. The status of the support systems and the way they work are also visualized on this screen. The new animated support screen is based on a real-time 3D scene. This dynamic and high-quality animation makes the way driving assistance systems work more understandable and transparent.

Technicial Specifications

Mercedes-AMG SL 55 4MATIC +

Number of Cylinders/Order 8 / V
Engine capacity cc 3982
Maximum power, rpm HP / kW 476 / 350, 5500-6500
Maximum torque, rpm Nm 700, 2250-4500
Compression ratio 8,6
fuel-air mixture Microprocessor-controlled petrol injection, twin-turbo
power transmission
Transfer type Fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system
Gearbox AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G (wet multi-plate clutch automatic transmission)
gearbox ratios
1./2./3./4./5./6./7./8./9. vites 5,35/3,24/2,25/1,64/1,21/1,00/0,87/0,72/0,60
Reverse 4,80
front axle AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with double aluminum wishbones, Anti-Squat- and Anti-Dive control, lightweight coil springs, stabilizers and adaptive adjustable dampers
rear axle AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with double aluminum wishbones, Anti-Squat- and Anti-Dive control, lightweight coil springs, stabilizers and adaptive adjustable dampers
Brake system Dual-circuit hydraulic brake system; 390-piston aluminum fixed caliper with 6 mm composite ventilated and perforated brake discs at the front; 360-piston aluminum floating caliper with 1 mm composite ventilated and perforated brake discs at the rear; electric handbrake, ABS, Brake Assist, 3-stage ESP®
Steering wheel Electromechanical speed sensitive hydraulically assisted rack and pinion steering, variable ratio (12,8:1 at endpoint) and variable electrical assist
wheels Front: 9,5 J x 19; Rear: 11 J x 19
tires Front: 255/45 ZR 19; Rear: 285/40 ZR 19
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase mm 2700
Front/Rear track width mm 1665/1629
Length / Width / Height mm 4705/1359/1915
turning diameter m 12.84
Luggage volume lt 213-240
Curb weight according to EC kg 1950
Loading capacity kg 330
Warehouse capacity/Spare lt 70/10
Performance, Consumption, Emission
Acceleration 0-100 km / h sn 3,9
Maximum speed km / s 295
Combined fuel consumption, WLTP l/100 km 12,7-11,8
Combined CO2 emissions, WLTP g / km 288-268

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