Mercedes-Benz's Luxury Roadster Will Finally Get Proper AMG Treatment

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz SL is being developed by AMG.

According to a recent report, the next Mercedes-Benz SL will share its underpinnings with the AMG GT sports car, as the German automaker wants to make the luxury roadster sportier than the current model. The switch in platform also allows AMG to take over lead engineering responsibilities from Mercedes, providing the company with greater economies of scale in development, production procurement, and engineering operations. In other words, it will be cheaper to produce and AMG will be able to further develop the AMG GT platform, including a hardcore Black Series model.

The new SL is expected to arrive in 2019, sporting a front-longitudinally mounted engine and transaxle mounted at the rear for weight distribution. That drivetrain layout will replace the more conventional E-Class-based setup currently used in the SL.

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Expect the roadster to also benefit from an aluminum body structure and the carbon fiber torque tube from the GT. The folding aluminum roof will also be replaced with a traditional soft-top to help make the car even lighter. The report also says the German automaker is considering bringing the SL coupe back to the fold so that the SL can better rival the Porsche 911.

[Source: Autocar]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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