Aiming to reduce weight, the next-generation Mercedes-Benz SL- and SLK-Class models will lose its retractable hardtop.
Instead, the German automaker will give its luxury sports cars a conventional soft top along with a wide array of changes when it arrives on the next MSA modular platform. The new platform will not only help reduce production costs on the models but will improve weight distribution along with lowering the center of gravity.
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In terms of powertrain, the SLK will receive a range of four- and six-cylinder engines while the SL will feature Mercedes-Benz’s new 3.0-liter inline-six engine. Though nothing is confirmed, the SL will likely have around 365 hp while the SLK’s four-cylinder will offer 238 hp. The more powerful six-cylinder engine in the SLK could churn out anywhere from 333 to 435 hp.
Both models are a ways off however, as the SLK is expected in 2020 and the SL in 2021.
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