New Mercedes SL Due In 2021, Being Developed Alongside The Next AMG GT

The Mercedes SL used to be the pinnacle of the company’s lineup but the model has lost some of its luster thanks to curious styling decisions and newer vehicles such as the AMG GT Roadster.

Sales have steadily declined over the past few years and the company is hoping to reverse that trend by introducing an all-new model in 2021.

We’ve haven’t heard much about the car in the past few months but Automobile says Mercedes is currently debating whether or not the all-new model should simply transition into an AMG exclusive vehicle. This would be a big change but the publication says it could make sense as the car is being developed alongside the next-generation AMG GT which is due in 2022.

Given its AMG origins, it comes as little surprise the next-generation SL will be sportier than its predecessor and adopt an aluminum-intensive design as well as rear-wheel steering and active stabilizer bars. We can also expect an optional air suspension and a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

Despite the newfound sportiness, the car is expected to have a longer wheelbase and two rear seats. The report also suggests the model won’t be a full-on sports car as that role is already taken by the AMG GT.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but an insider told the magazine to expect a handful of hybridized powertrains including a 3.0-liter straight six with 435 hp (324 kW) and a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with outputs of 522 hp (389 kW) and 612 hp (456 kW). There are also rumors of a plug-in hybrid variant which will feature the latter engine as well as an electric motor that develops 204 hp (152 kW). This would reportedly give the model a combined output in excess of 800 hp (596 kW) and 738 lb-ft (1000 Nm) of torque.

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  • lagunas3ca

    Why would you give it rear seats? Then it just becomes the S-Class Coupe…

    • Merc1

      Exactly since most rumors indicate that the S Coupe/Convertible are not being redesigned.


    • Cobrajet

      They won’t be real rear seats, it will be like a pony car.

  • Mark S

    This is the direction I thought that they would take being that the current AMG GT is basically the replacement already.

    • Idk, SL since the R107 is more like open top GT than a sports car, And I surely hope the new SL can differentiate themselves from the smaller brother.

  • Jason Panamera

    SL was always unique. There was always one SL, not a variation of S,E,C classes. But for now it has lost something, it may be this design. For sure they should redesign it becasue it seems like it doesn’t match well for current times. Now there is less SL in SL than it used to be in previous generation. And making it 2+2 will make it no SL but SL4, it’s pretty close to being a SL4T.

  • Ceneon

    My wish for new SL is no fake vents, V12 engine with port fuel injection (as now V12 is) or full electric :-), that I prefer, although I have V12 and I love him, but nature has priority, and maybe vegan leather :-). Thanks Daimler. PS: And color option Royal blue :-).

  • kimbentsen

    Not everyone wants an AMG with exhaust noise.

  • enthusia

    i really hope they nail the designs of both. if im being honest, i never thought the AMG GT was beautiful or even good looking. and the last good SL was the pre-facelift R230. the SL, SLS, and AMG GT have been some of the ugliest cars Mercedes has ever churned out IMO.

  • George Emilio

    Make the Vision 6 concept the next SL! PROBLEMS SOLVED! The SL will once again be the gorgeous aspirational pinnacle of the Mercedes lineup without stepping on the sporty toes of the AMG GT or the tech/utility toes of the S-Class Coupe.

  • They need to differentiate SL more than AMG GT, and while luxury convertible market is shrinking and has a lot of new player. SL has the edge in the pedigree.

    And my take the V12 will still be around, demands of that in Middle East is crazy.

  • Christian Wimmer

    The R230 SL was a good-looking car – until that lazy, hideously ugly facelift ruined it with those ugly headlights. That car looked terrible. What were they thinking? That facelift just screamed LAZY. LAZY!

    Initially the R231 also looked bland and lazy. The facelift (the images we see here) improved its looks big time. Now that’s a car I would not mind owning.

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