2019 Mercedes SL starts testing, gets canvas top

3.82K 0

All-new from the ground up, future 2019 Mercedes SL is already testing on the Nurburgring, ahead of its planned debut in the first part of 2019.

The Roadster comes on a new platform and with a fabric roof. Mercedes engineers are already testing a prototype of the next SL at the Nürburgring. The car is hiding under a shortened and modified S-Class Coupé.

For series production, the 2019 Mercedes SL uses a new platform (MSA, Modular Sport Architecture), dedicated to sports cars. This platform will form the basis for the next SLC too. It is therefore obvious that the two cars will have some similarities such as the suspensions or the engines.

SL brings back the fabric roof

For the SL, there is also a new roof design. To underline its luxurious character, Mercedes went back to tradition and installed a noble fabric roof. Such a solution has not been seen since the SL Series R 129 (1989 until 2001). This solution will reduce kerbweight by 100 kg to a minimum of 1,685 kg.

Engine-wise, the new family of three-liter straight-six units will play the leading role. In SL 300 the drive is good for 365 hp, while in the SL 400 will hit about 435 hp. Both versions will be combined with the new 9 speed automatic gearbox 9G-Tronic. The AMG range will consist from the SL 63 AMG with 4.0 liter bi-turbo V8 engine form the AMG GT and the SL 65 AMG with 6.0 liter V12.


Photo: Autobild.de