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Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Coupe Cabrio
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay icon Apple CarPlay   Android Auto icon Android Auto  

While its predecessors were designed by Mercedes-Benz, the 2022 model-year, R231, was developed from the ground up by MB's motorsport division, Mercedes-AMG.

After almost seven decades on the market, the SL became one of the best-known products from Mercedes-Benz. But all those times, it was mainly a GT and less of a sports car. The R231 promised to change all that. When AMG designed the car, it started with a blank sheet of paper. The only known attributes were the engine and the gearbox.

To save some weight, AMG made the car with a retractable soft-top instead of the metallic one used on the previous generation. In addition, the long wheelbase and short overhangs were needed for better high-speed cornering behavior. A Panamericana grille with vertical slats and the three-pointed-star badge in the middle confirmed the AMG status. In the lower part of the bumper, the carmaker placed e set of air scoops, either for engine or brake-discs cooling.

The cockpit was a breathtaking view, with a blend of technology and keen attention to detail. For example, there were four turbine-style vents on the dashboard and a big infotainment screen for the MBUX system. For the driver, Mercedes-AMG installed a TFT display instead of analog dials and showed various information there to make their lives easier.

Like other SL generations, the R231 provided room for four occupants, with a set of seats in the back. Those were placed there primarily for tax-income reasons or for small bags or dogs since they couldn't accommodate passengers taller than 1.5 m (4.9 ft).

For the drivetrain, AMG planned two versions, both being all-wheel-drive. It is a novelty for the SL range, but it was a better choice since the base model provided 476 hp.

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Mercedes-AMG SL-Class AMG 2021 - Present
  2 gasoline engines
  • SL 55 4MATIC+ V8 9AT (476 HP)
  • SL 63 4MATIC+ V8 9AT (585 HP)
  1 mild hybrid engine
  • SL 43 9AT RWD (381 HP)

Mercedes-AMG SL-Class AMG SL 55 4MATIC+ V8 9AT (476 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  SL 55 4MATIC+ V8 9AT (476 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
3982 cm3
Power
350.1 KW @ 5500-6500 RPM
476 HP @ 5500-6500 RPM
469 BHP @ 5500-6500 RPM
Torque
516 lb-ft @ 2250-4500 RPM
700 Nm @ 2250-4500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18.5 gallons (70.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
183 mph (295 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
9-speed automatic AMG Speepshift
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
265/40 ZR 20 // 295/35 ZR 20
DIMENSIONS
Length
185.2 in (4704 mm)
Width
75.4 in (1915 mm)
Height
53.3 in (1354 mm)
Front/rear Track
65.4/64 in (1,661/1,626 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.5 cuFT (212 L)
Turning circle
42.1 ft (12.8 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4299 lbs (1950 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (WLTP)
Combined
18.5 mpg US (12.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions (Combined)
288 g/km

Mercedes-AMG SL-Class AMG SL 63 4MATIC+ V8 9AT (585 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  SL 63 4MATIC+ V8 9AT (585 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
3982 cm3
Power
430.3 KW @ 5500-6500 RPM
585 HP @ 5500-6500 RPM
577 BHP @ 5500-6500 RPM
Torque
590 lb-ft @ 2500-5000 RPM
800 Nm @ 2500-5000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18.5 gallons (70.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
196 mph (315 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
9-speed automatic AMG Speepshift
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
265/40 ZR 20 // 295/35 ZR 20
DIMENSIONS
Length
185.2 in (4704 mm)
Width
75.4 in (1915 mm)
Height
53.3 in (1354 mm)
Front/rear Track
65.4/64 in (1,661/1,626 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.5 cuFT (212 L)
Turning circle
42.1 ft (12.8 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4343 lbs (1970 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (WLTP)
Combined
18.5 mpg US (12.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions (Combined)
288 g/km

Mercedes-AMG SL-Class AMG SL 43 9AT RWD (381 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  SL 43 9AT RWD (381 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1991 cm3
Power
280.2 KW @ 6750 RPM
381 HP @ 6750 RPM
376 BHP @ 6750 RPM
Torque
354 lb-ft @ 3250-5000 RPM
480 Nm @ 3250-5000 RPM
Electrical motor power
10.3 kw (14 hp)
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Mild Hybrid
Fuel capacity
18.5 gallons (70.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
171 mph (275 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
9-speed automatic AMG Speepshift
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/45 R19 // 285/40 R19
DIMENSIONS
Length
185.2 in (4704 mm)
Width
75.4 in (1915 mm)
Height
53.3 in (1354 mm)
Front/rear Track
65.4/64 in (1,661/1,626 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.5 cuFT (212 L)
Turning circle
42.1 ft (12.8 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3990 lbs (1810 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4729 lbs (2145 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (WLTP)
Combined
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions (Combined)
201 g/km
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