Previous spy footage has given clues as to how the different model variants will be differentiated: the prototypes with circular tailpipes are supposed to be an entry-level hybrid variant – probably the SL 450 EQ Boost – while those seen with more aggressive pipes and a raised rear spoiler should be the top-of-the-line SL 63 AMG.
The prototypes look a lot like those that appeared in the official images released by Mercedes last year. The SL shows an obvious family resemblance with the Mercedes-AMG GT, with a rounded rear end, a long hood and a pair of slim horizontal rear light clusters.
The SL is set to be relaunched as a lighter, faster and more attractive model partly inspired by the brand’s motorsport roots, which is why the overall development tasks have been assigned to the performance division. AMG. This will be the first time that AMG will oversee the development of an SL over its previous seven generations.
Last year, then AMG boss Tobias Moers confirmed that the SL would be “aligned” with the upcoming AMG GT. The duo’s aluminum-intensive common platform, known as Modular Sports Architecture (MSA), will increase the economies of scale and overall profitability of two of Mercedes’ most exclusive model lines.
“We are bringing back the historic DNA of SL,” he said. “It’s much more sporty [this time round]. It will have a perfect compromise between driving dynamics and comfort, because it also remains a kind of cruiser. “
He also confirmed that the eighth-generation SL will only be offered as a roadster, like its predecessor. It is expected to be released in the UK towards the end of 2021.
SL and GT sharing
In addition to sharing a common platform structure, the two premium Mercedes sports cars are expected to share axles, suspensions, steering systems, 48V electrical architecture and hybrid transmissions, among other components, in the aim to reduce costs and improve production efficiency. The new SL and GT will be built side by side at the Mercedes plant in Sindelfingen, Germany.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-21 12:07:00