The next level up is dubbed Performance Trim, which includes the contents of the Touring Trim. It adds a front-axle lift system, the AMG Active Ride Control suspension to the 55, and the AMG Dynamic Plus Package to the 55 variant. Under the hood, you’ll find a hand-crafted V8 tower of power.
The 4.0-liter engine in the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL is produced in Affalterbach with utmost attention to detail. Codenamed M177, this lump was introduced to the Mercedes-AMG lineup by the W205-generation C 63 and C 63 S in 2014. The 55 develops 469 horsepower and 516 pound-feet (700 Nm) of torque, translating to 3.8 seconds to 60 mph (97 kph). Of course, the 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system is standard on both the 55 and 63.
The 63 belts out 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet (800 Nm), which explains the zero-to-60 sprint of 3.5 seconds. Available in 12 paint finishes, two colors for the canvas top, and five exterior design packages, the R232-generation SL may soon receive a four-pot sibling for the U.S. market.
Already available to order in Germany from €118,708.45 or $121,400 at current exchange rates, the 43 combines a 2.0-liter engine with an electric exhaust gas turbocharger operated via a 48V system. Mercedes-AMG quotes 376 horsepower and 354 pound-feet (480 Nm) of torque at full chat.
All three variants employ the AMG Speedshift MCT 9G, a multi-clutch gearbox that features a wet start-off clutch instead of a torque converter.