For 2022, Mercedes has a considerably extra thrilling automotive on the way in which. The 2022 AMG SL 55 is quicker on a straightaway, faster round corners, and higher wanting. It’s a rival to topless variations of the Porsche 911 in a approach its predecessor wasn’t — and it carries a a lot greater price ticket.
The 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL 55 begins at $137,400, plus a $1,050 supply price. A step as much as the SL 63 means a $178,100 beginning worth plus that supply price. The SL arrives in dealerships “this summer time,” Mercedes says.
A Wildly Totally different Automobile
The outdated SL was a Mercedes with an non-obligatory step as much as an AMG model. The brand new SL is simply accessible as an AMG. Which means Mercedes merely gave its high-performance division the job of designing the SL within the first place, relatively than ready for Mercedes’ luxurious division to design it after which attempting to place it on steroids to construct a sooner version.
The outdated commonplace engine was a twin-turbo V6 making 362 horsepower. Now, the weaker possibility is a twin-turbo V8 making 469, discovered within the SL 55. The SL 63 will get a 577-horsepower powerplant.
Each ship energy by a 9-speed automated transmission to a 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system that may ship as a lot energy as needed to every wheel. This marks the primary time within the SL’s 70-year historical past that it makes use of all-wheel drive vs. the normal rear-wheel-drive setup.
An all-aluminum chassis is eighteen% stiffer than the final one and lighter. AMG’s Lively Experience Management suspension makes use of hydraulic stabilizers to maintain issues flat in onerous cornering.
Exterior, the look is extra athletic, with the wheels pushed out to the corners. The heavy energy hardtop of the final era is gone in favor of a classic-looking ragtop that doesn’t upset the dealing with stability whenever you put it down over the rear wheels.
However not every part has modified. The 2022 SL nonetheless will get a luxurious cabin that solely pretends to have a again seat.