For 2022, Mercedes has a considerably extra thrilling automotive on the best way. The 2022 AMG SL 55 is quicker on a straightaway, faster round corners, and higher trying. It’s a rival to topless variations of the Porsche 911 in a method 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 charge. A step as much as the SL 63 means a $178,100 beginning worth plus that supply charge. The SL arrives in dealerships “this summer time,” Mercedes says.
A Wildly Completely different Automobile
The previous SL was a Mercedes with an elective step as much as an AMG mannequin. The brand new SL is barely obtainable as an AMG. Which means Mercedes merely gave its high-performance division the job of designing the SL within the first place, slightly than ready for Mercedes’ luxurious division to design it after which attempting to place it on steroids to construct a quicker version.
The previous 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 way of a 9-speed computerized transmission to a 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system that may ship as a lot energy as mandatory 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 standard rear-wheel-drive setup.
An all-aluminum chassis is eighteen% stiffer than the final one and lighter. AMG’s Energetic Trip Management suspension makes use of hydraulic stabilizers to maintain issues flat in laborious cornering.
Outdoors, 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 steadiness if you put it down over the rear wheels.
However not every little thing has modified. The 2022 SL nonetheless will get a luxurious cabin that solely pretends to have a again seat.