Mention the words Mercedes-Benz and roadster together, and most will likely think of the SL. From the original 300 SL to the Pagoda and the 90s R129, it's one of the longest-running nameplates in the Mercedes lineup. While the last two generations weren't as popular as their predecessors, it seems the German marque wants to bring it back with the all-new 2022 SL.

2022 Mercedes AMG SL is an icon reimagined image

For the new R232 model, Mercedes changed everything, and we mean literally. The automaker says the 2022 SL doesn't share a thing with the previous model or the AMG GT Roadster. Instead, it rides on a new platform that will underpin the next-generation AMG GT. Yes, that AMG. Because of the switch, the SL now adopts four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering.

2022 Mercedes AMG SL is an icon reimagined image

Officially called the Mercedes-AMG SL, it's available in two variants – SL 63 and SL 55. Both models use the familiar AMG 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine but with different outputs. The SL 63 develops 585 horsepower and 800 Nm torque, allowing the convertible to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 315 km/h. In the SL 55, the V8 unit outputs 476 horsepower and 700 Nm torque. Accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h takes a bit longer at 3.9 seconds, while top speed is lower at 295 km/h.

While it might be an AMG model with big power, the new SL isn't exactly a track car. It's more of a grand tourer complete with a stylish design and a luxurious interior. It shows with the convertible's styling which follows the brand's latest design language.

2022 Mercedes AMG SL is an icon reimagined image

Compared to its predecessor, the new SL is a lot more rounded. Since it is an AMG, the SL adopts the signature Panamericana grille which is flanked by a pair of angular headlights. Along the side, the body line somewhat resembles the AMG GT Roadster, especially with the shape of the rear. The biggest difference between the previous-generation SL would be the fabric roof as older models came with a metal folding one. Mercedes will also offer the new SL with an optional aero package for more aggressive styling.

2022 Mercedes AMG SL is an icon reimagined image

Inside, it's very much what you'd expect in a current Mercedes model. There's a large 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 11.9-inch center touchscreen infotainment system. Unlike most models, they're two separate units, similar to the new S-Class. The center display can also be tilted for a better view. Mercedes also brought back the 2+2 seating layout as standard.

2022 Mercedes AMG SL is an icon reimagined image

What do you think of the new 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL? Does it look better than before, or do you like the brand's other convertibles better? Let us know what you think.