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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.