Mercedes-Benz SL 2021: drop-top sports car spied as launch nears

Cameron Tait

12 Jan 2021

New two-seater sports car could sit alongside the AMG GT and use the performance model's 4.0-litre V8 engine.

Remember the Mercedes-Benz SL? The two-seater grand tourer that has been on sale in its current form for over eight years? Well, the company is finally making a new one and it’s been spied testing in the wild ahead of its world debut later this year.

Appearing in slightly less camouflage than we’ve seen before, the latest spy shots indicate that the SL could look a whole lot like the AMG GT. The silhouette of the car is remarkably similar to that of the AMG GT, as is the Panamericana grille and the head or tail light design. It’s difficult to see some of the finer details of the car, given that there’s still a heavy layer of camo blocking our view, but it’s clear the new SL will share a lot in common with the AMG GT.

And the AMG GT similarities don’t stop there. Mercedes is set to equip most models with AMG’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, which first appeared in the AMG GT but has since filtered its way down to most of the performance arm’s range. If Mercedes were to release a range-topping AMG SL63 model, it could produce over 600bhp and gain some form of electric boost. There’s also talk of an inline six powering entry-level cars.

So what’s the difference between the AMG GT and SL? Where the AMG GT is more driver focused, which is reflected in the firm’s GT3 racing programmes, the SL is aimed more at those wanting a serious quick grand tourer that can carry two in immense comfort on road trip to the South of France. However, it’s believed the SL will only come in drop-top form and serve as a replacement to the AMG GT Cabriolet.

There’s still some way to go before we see the production version of the new SL, but word on the street is it’ll make its public debut in the summer.

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Mercedes-Benz SL 2021: next-gen grand tourer spied in production guise

Cameron Tait

12 Jan 2021

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