The Mercedes-Benz SL has long been a vehicle that attracted individuals who sought a certain level of exclusivity year after year. Even Steve Jobs while at Apple repeatedly leased the same spec Mercedes SL every six months mostly to avoid placing a tag on the vehicle and could drive around anonymously. The evolution of the SL has carried a traditional class for Mercedes ever since the Mercedes 300SL gullwing and convertible from the 1950s. Today, the SL returns after a short hiatus when production ended in 2020 as a cleverly positioned alternative to the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe and Roadster, which just stopped production in December 2021.

The proportions of the Mercedes-AMG SL, which only comes in two AMG flavors, the SL55 and SL63, bring back the expected elongated hood and curvy aluminum body panels accented by subtle chrome, carbon fiber, and glossy black bits. The wheelbase is now longer to make way for rear seats that are more of an extra storage area than usable seats for adults because of their small size. The 2+2 seating configuration harkens back to the R 129 SL Roadster marking a time of the most successful versions. Gone is the power-retractable hard top in place of a classy soft top that takes just 15 seconds to open or close at speeds up to 37 mph. The soft top is claimed to save 46 pounds and helps to lower the center of gravity.

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In the tradition of Mercedes, the new SL exhibits a stately classiness inside the cabin where it pulls off a new stunt to be more minimalistic potentially to exhibit an interior that ages well without touchscreen real-estate being so dominating. There’s a new 11.9-inch touchscreen that is mounted at a slanted angle and can be adjusted 12 to 32 degrees. The 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster combines the latest vehicle information and customizable screen for a variety of displays controlled through the latest steering wheel with touch-capacitive button areas that have haptic-press feedback.

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: New Car Preview: 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL55 & SL63
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Published Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 14:47:02 +0000