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Mercedes Enlists AMG for Next-Gen SL

The new Mercedes-Benz SL-Class to be unveiled on October 28 will chart a new course for the droptop model. Rather than a boulevardier, the new model is set to be a part of the automaker’s AMG portfolio, meaning it should have a performance-oriented personality.

AMG versions of Mercedes-Benz SL roadsters are nothing new. Still, this seventh-generation model that serves as the spiritual predecessor to the 1950s Gullwing model will be the first to be only offered in performance configuration.

As a result, it’ll be marketed as a Mercedes-AMG model rather than under the Mercedes-Benz banner.

Regardless of what it’s called, the new model should be quite different from its predecessor. For one, all-wheel drive will be available, perhaps as standard fare, for the first time on an SL roadster. Though the car will certainly boast many high-tech convenience, performance, and driver-assist features as the style flagship of the automaker’s lineup, it will also look to the past. For the first time since 1990, a 2+2 seating configuration with small second-row seats will be available. Additionally, the model will discard the current car’s folding metal hardtop in favor of a soft convertible top.

Mercedes-AMG released a single teaser image showing a retro-style dash with round air vents. Controls appear to be grouped around a central display rather than the single pane of glass that Mercedes uses to connect the instrument cluster and infotainment screens in many other models.

We’ll have to wait for more details to learn what powertrains will come underhood. Still, it’s safe to bet that an electrified gas engine with serious horsepower will give it impressive acceleration. See Mercedes-Benz SL-Class models for sale

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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