Is The Legendary Mercedes SL Headed To The Grave? The Brand Has Made An Announcement About Its Future


Is The Legendary Mercedes SL Headed To The Grave? The Brand Has Made An Announcement About Its Future

(By Tom Lohnes) – After only selling 1,974 units worldwide last year, the Mercedes-Benz SL class and it’s V8 powered AMG brother were likely headed to the door, right? Well, I guess not because Mercedes is confirmed to be redesigning the SL for the 2022 model year, and it’s gonna be big.

With the discontinuation of the S-class cabriolet, an ultra-luxury land barge with the option to remove the roof, and the Success of the AMG GT series, it appears there is no room left for the SL. But, because the nameplate is so legendary, it is getting another generation. With the models likely being called SL450, AMG SL53, and AMG SL63S, the power output of the new SL should range from 362 to 630 depending on what model you choose. Like the BMW Z4, the new SL is going to ditch its folding hardtop for a lighter soft top that will likely deploy faster than the heavy piece of medal it currently has. 0-60 times should range from 5.2-ish to 3.2-ish, and an AWD version of the 53 and 63S should be available. Ride and handling will be a lot softer than the SL’s AMG GT cousins, because the SL is a GT car, as to the AMG GTs sports car credentials.

Now, how much will these 4,500 pound, V6 or V8 powered boats cost? Well, judging by the current cars $92,000 starting price, it will start in the $100,000 range and get crazier from there. Do you think the 2022 SL will be the ultimate grandpa car? I sure do!


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2 thoughts on “Is The Legendary Mercedes SL Headed To The Grave? The Brand Has Made An Announcement About Its Future

  1. Matt Cramer

    I was able to test drive an AMG SL55 in an autocross-type setting once. I ended up concluding I’d rather have the C55 if I were somehow lucky enough to have enough money for one (or enough lunacy to buy one at the bottom of the depreciation curve). The SL55 reminded me of the saying, “You can’t make a race horse out of a pig, but you can make a very fast pig!” It could accelerate and grip like nobody’s business, but couldn’t hide that it weighed over 4,000 lbs. Overall, it would have been excellent driving dynamics if it had been a large sedan, but rather inappropriate for a two seat convertible.

    Depreciated AMGs… Ooh, there’s a 2007 E63 for $10,500 on Craigslist right now!

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  2. Anthony

    I’m sure it’s a nice car but it’s not as sharp as previous generations. That new one though is beautiful!

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