Mercedes-Benz launched a brand new technology of the legendary SL this 12 months, and we now have a video detailing the manufacturing course of for the automobile.
Manufacturing takes place at Mercedes’ plant in Bremen, Germany, the place the earlier technology was constructed. The plant is one among Mercedes’ largest, producing round 400,000 automobiles yearly. A number of the different fashions constructed on the web site embody the C-Class, GLC-Class, and the EQC and EQE electrical automobiles.
The SL is the seventh member of a lineage that dates again to the unique 300SL gullwing race automobile of 1952, and in contrast to the opposite fashions in-built Bremen, the SL was absolutely developed by the Mercedes-Benz AMG efficiency skunkworks.
AMG developed the automobile alongside a brand new technology of its personal GT sports activities automobile which continues to be out testing, with the SL set to interchange the previous-generation GT Roadster. Because of this, the SL is much more performance-focused than in previous generations.
Each the SL and next-generation GT are clean-sheet designs, primarily based on an AMG-developed rear-wheel-drive platform for sports activities automobiles, dubbed MSA (Modular Sports activities Structure). The platform options space-frame building counting on a mixture of aluminum, magnesium and composites for the physique shell, with thicker forged aluminum parts used for nodal factors the place forces shall be stronger.
In comparison with the earlier SL, Mercedes boasts elevated torsional stiffness of 18% and a decrease heart of gravity. Transverse and longitudinal rigidity are additionally up 50% and 40%, respectively, over the outgoing GT Roadster. The burden of the physique shell minus the doorways, hood and trunk lid is 595 kilos.
2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL physique shell
The specs are notably spectacular given the extra packaging necessities of the brand new SL over its predecessor, in addition to the GT Roadster it is set to interchange. Not solely did the engineers need to accommodate 2+2 seating and house for the automated folding soft-top, but in addition new drive ideas together with all-wheel drive and deliberate electrified powertrains.
One of many powertrains is predicted to be an 800-plus-hp plug-in hybrid setup shared with AMG’s GT 63S E Efficiency 4-Door Coupe. The setup options AMG’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with a mild-hybrid system up entrance, plus an electrical motor on the rear. The SL at the moment tops out at 577 hp in SL 63 guise.
Along with new powertrains, Mercedes may also add new members to the SL household. Within the pipeline are each a Maybach SL and an SL speedster. The latter shall be a part of a brand new collection of limited-production fashions to be often known as the Mythos collection.