2022 Mercedes-AMG® SL Review, Specs & Photos
- Starting MSRP TBA
- Choice of Handcrafted AMG® 4.0L V8 biturbo engines producing 469 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque (SL 55) or 577 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque (SL 63)
- SL-first AMG® Performance 4MATIC®+ all-wheel drive system
- AMG® SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9-speed transmission and AMG® DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes
- AMG® ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension with adaptive damping adjustment and active anti-roll stabilization (SL 63)
- Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) with Voice Control multimedia system based on artificial intelligence, with AMG®-specific functions
- Multimedia Package with Augmented Video for Navigation
- Electric soft top and available MANUFAKTUR upholstery and paint finishes
About the Mercedes-AMG® SL
One of the most iconic vehicles in the history of Mercedes-Benz is back and better than ever. While staying true to its roots as a sport-focused performance coupe with an electric soft top – today’s SL boasts a luxurious collection of sophisticated comfort amenities and revolutionary technology features. Developed exclusively by Mercedes-AMG® in Affalterbach, the SL is available with two distinctive handcrafted AMG® B8 biturbo engines paired with a responsive AMG® SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9-speed transmission. For over 70 years, the timeless style and seductive curves of the SL have captured the hearts of drivers all over the world. Blending the spiritual sense of purity with the quintessential sportiness of AMG®, the SL remains true to its race-winning heritage. In fact, no single part of the body shell was adopted from its predecessor or any other model series. Its driver-focused cabin strikes a balance between supportive comfort and cutting-edge connectivity to help you make each mile of your journey an unforgettable experience. There has never been a better opportunity for you to write your own chapter in the storied history of the Mercedes-AMG® SL.
What the Critics Say
When you get tired of dawdling through the scenery, the SL 63 we drove moved right past speed limits faster than you can blink. Bringing the SL back to legal speeds is easy thanks to the optional carbon-ceramic brakes that not only looked good behind the 21-inch wheels but are strong enough to bring the car to a stop so quickly there might have been a momentary pause in the movement of time.” — Car and Driver
Speaking of driving, the new SL is wondrous to pilot. Though it has expanded significantly in cabin size and overall length from the outgoing generation, it drives like a smaller, nimbler and sportier car This is in part because it is the first SL available with all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-steering, and it makes the most of its newfound traction and enhanced nimbleness to put all available power to the road.” — Forbes
Mercedes-AMG® SL Features
A race-winning pedigree has long been a signature trait of the legendary SL and today’s model is no exception to that standard. Designed from a blank sheet of paper, the body shell of the latest SL shares zero components with the outgoing model or any other member of the Mercedes-Benz family. As functional as it is stylish, its carefully crafted exterior features functional aerodynamics that boosts cooling and stability while reducing both wind noise and drag. Power comes in the form of Handcrafted AMG® 4.0L V8 biturbo engines producing 469 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque (SL 55) or 577 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque (SL 63). Debuting as a first for the SL is AMG® Performance 4MATIC®+ all-wheel drive system, adding both stability and agility to this dynamic performance coupe. SL 63 variants benefit from AMG® ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension with adaptive damping adjustment and active anti-roll stabilization, delivering a serene ride around town and at high speeds. At the rear, a standard active rear spoiler changes its position automatically based on the speed of your Mercedes-AMG® SL.
Meticulously crafted to support each action of the driver, the interior of the Mercedes-AMG® is a true exhibition of luxury and avant-garde design. Available AMG® performance seats feature integrated headrests and bolstering that automatically tightens when Sport, Sport+, and RACE driving modes are engaged. AIRSCARF® neck-level heating comes as standard, surrounding the head and neck area of the occupants with warm air just like a scarf. Upholstery choices include single or two-tone Nappa leather, diamond-quilted Nappa leather, or the sport-inspired Nappa leather with Microfiber suede featuring contrasting topstitching in either yellow or red. The SL now features a reimagined 2+2 seating configuration for the first time since 1989 that increases both practicality and usable space. Weighing just 46 pounds, its electric soft top takes just 15 seconds to open or close at speeds of up to 37 MPH. A precision-built Burmester audio system features authentic metal loudspeaker covers within the door panels, providing the perfect soundtrack to your drive inside of the Mercedes-AMG® SL.
Inspired by aviation, the centerpiece of the streamlined dashboard inside the Mercedes-AMG® SL is a stunning 11.9-inch multimedia touchscreen. This “Hyperanalog” interior theme combes classic automotive elements with innovative digital instrumentation. Featuring intuitive operation and limitless customization options, the latest generation of MBUX (Mercedes-Benz of User Experience) includes AMG®-specific content and views including Classic, Sport, Supersport, TRACK PACE and Discreet are available. AMG® TRACK PACE is a virtual race engineer that logs key drive data for use on the race track. Drivers can also take advantage of Mercedes me connect services including maintenance management and remote controls accessible via your smartphone at the touch of a button. Key Driver Assistance Systems offered on the SL include Active Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and exit warning function, Preventive occupant protection PRESAFE®, and several more.