Even icons have to go sometimes. The Mercedes-AMG SL 63 is ready to leave the world, its production being scheduled to end at the end of the month.
The current Mercedes SL has only a few more days to live. It will be replaced by a new model in the near future, which could change quite deeply compared to the SL we have known for a few generations. We are talking about the return of a 2 + 2 type architecture (the current model can only accommodate two occupants).
Tobias Moers, the boss of the Mercedes-AMG division, has announced that the SL 63 will no longer be produced after the end of May.
Note that the next generation could also adopt standard all-wheel drive. There will no longer be a V12 version, of course. The German manufacturer’s new flagship roadster will be presented in 2021, with the commercial debut scheduled for 2022. Moreover, this time around Mercedes-Benz has decided that the SL will be developed entirely by the Mercedes-AMG division, as revealed by Tobias Moers, head of the Mercedes-AMG division, on the eve of the New York motor show.
Hence, the new Mercedes-Benz SL will be more sporty than the current version and will be related to the future Mercedes-AMG GT supercar. Both models will be based on the Modular Sports Architecture (MSA) platform which will feature a larger proportion of aluminum. The basic layout of the platform will keep the rear-mounted gearbox and the front mounted engine design – with a carbon propeller shaft.
The bi-turbo V8 from AMG GT (in updated electrified form) will logically report for duty in the next Mercedes-AMG SL 63. Now, the top SL uses a 5.5-liter biturbo V8, good for 585 hp. The same power is offered by the AMG GT R courtesy of the much smaller 4.0-liter biturbo V8.