First-Ever Mercedes-Maybach SL Returns to the Scoop Arena and Reveals More Details

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It's no surprise anymore that Mercedes has started working on the first-ever Maybach SL. The luxury variant of the roadster is currently in prototype form and made its spy shot debut last week.
More recently, another tester became the focus of the camera lens, and unlike the previous one, which combined a black body with a red ragtop, the colors were reverted here. Thus, the body wears a lively red finish, and the top is now black.

Mercedes has also thinned the camouflage up front. More specifically, the Maybach typical grille, which kind of resembles AMG's Panamericana, has fewer vinyl stickers on it. The front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, and tailpipes are identical.

It is worth noting that the latest scooped prototype has additional camouflage strips on the trunk lid, which suggests that it has additional emblems depicting the model and probably the powertrain setup. It also rode on wire-like wheels that likely came straight from Maybach's portfolio.

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Details surrounding the 2026 Mercedes-Maybach SL's firepower are yet unknown. However, reports suggest it might launch in the SL 580 and SL 680 flavors, like the Maybach S-Class. However, while the luxury sedan features a V12 powertrain in its ultimate configuration, we wouldn't hold our breath for one making its way under the roadster's hood.

In all likelihood, both the SL 580 and SL 680 versions of the car will use a twin-turbocharged V8, likely with a 4.0L displacement. Mercedes offers this lump in multiple versions across its modern-day lineup, so trying to guess which ones it will utilize is very tricky. One thing's certain: the Mercedes-Maybach SL won't step on the Mercedes-Maybach SL 63's toes, nor on the superior SL 63 S E Performance, which sprints to sixty-two mph in just 2.9 seconds.

It's yet unknown when the chrome-infused roadster with a luxury interior and additional accouterments will celebrate its unveiling. Word on the street is that it could arrive at showrooms sometime in 2025. There's no reason to believe it won't make its way to North America, where it will join the Maybach versions of the S-Class, GLS, and EQS SUV.

The Mercedes-Maybach SL will likely be a 2026 model by the time it reaches our shores, and it is expected to start at over $200,000 in the top grade, presumably dubbed the SL 680, whereas the lesser SL 580 will probably cost a bit less.

This would make it slightly more affordable than the 2025 Bentley Continental GTC, which does not feature a twelve-pot either. So, if you were shopping for an open-top luxury grand tourer, would you pick the Mercedes-Maybach SL or the Bentley? It's a tricky one, but if money were no issue, it'd be the Conti for this writer.
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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