Get set to raise the roof: Mercedes-AMG SL coming soon (and it's now a four-seater)

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The 2021 Mercedes-AMG SL
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG SL
  • Mercedes-AMG will premiere its all-new SL to the world this week. 
  • The new SL will replace the AMG GT as the brand's halo model.
  • No sign of a V12, but EQ Boost is expected to make its presence felt.
  • For motoring news, got to Wheels24

We've already reported on Mercedes-AMG sending its AMG GT supercar to the guillotine. The good news is that the three-pointed star won't be without a halo model for very long. The Stuttgart-Affalterbach based company has announced that its all-new SL will break cover this Thursday (28 October 2021) and that depending on the flavour you go for, it will undoubtedly satisfy all GT cravings.

One of the key talking points around the return of the new SL is its 2+2 layout, something that we haven't seen in this roadster genre for Mercedes since the late 1980s. The teaser pics that Mercedes-Benz has released show off a well-appointed cabin that looks worthy of an S-Class limousine.

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG SL
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG SL

Another key talking point for the 2021 Mercedes-SL rebirth is the return of the fabric roof. BMW has also returned to fabric for its roadsters and convertibles, and now Mercedes is set to show an all-new folding fabric mechanism in the new SL. The material method allows for lightweight construction to lower the centre of gravity of the vehicle for a more sporting drive. No mention has been made yet regarding what will power the all-new SL, but you can rest assured that EQ Boost will appear throughout the line-up.

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG SL
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG SL

This SL might be the first SL generation in the past few decades that will not sport a V12 powerplant, and it might not even have a V8 under the hood, depending on particular markets.

Will you trade-in your Mercedes-AMG GT for an all-new SL when it launches in SA in 2022? Let us know in the comments below or send us an email here.

We expect the range-topping SL for South Africa to come with a high-power version of the 3.0-litre straight-six you currently find in the brand's 53 models. Now, 53 spec AMG models produce around 320kW depending on the variant. However, the modular engine, together with the EQ Boost system that Mercedes is famous for, is easily fit for 400kW+.

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG SL
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG SL

We'll know more about the all-new Mercedes-Benz SL later this week after its world premiere takes place on Thursday. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter, so you don't miss a beat on the all-new Mercedes-AMG SL.

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