The Mercedes-AMG SL is one of the most eagerly awaited cars this year. Spy recordings from the convertible confirm that the development is already in full swing and nearing completion.
What makes the upcoming SL more exciting than its predecessor is that AMG now has full control over its development. That means a more elegant and sportier car with a significant increase in performance at the front.
Rumors have it that the car will have all-wheel drive as either a standard or an optional configuration. Then it will carry the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 from the high-performance brand, which, together with an electric motor, delivers a mild hybrid output of over 800 hp.
While most are likely more excited about the performance of the new AMG SL, its new platform should also be appreciated. According to Daimler, uses a complex material system to achieve its architecture with maximum rigidity, but light enough not to compromise on driving dynamics and comfort. This construction was used in motorsport and in the coupé and roadster variants of the first SL.
The frame of the car is reinforced with composites made of aluminum, steel, magnesium, carbon and fiberglass. All materials are combined with a wide variety of processes. These include MIG welding (metal inert gas) for joining steel and aluminum, robot laser welding for areas where greater precision is required, and various riveting and screwing techniques to hold everything together.
In summary, the complex architecture aims at precise driving dynamics, a high level of comfort, a high level of safety and optimal packaging, while the sexy and sporty body proportions of the eagerly awaited Mercedes-AMG SL are retained.