The entry-level Mercedes-AMG SL 43 roadster joins the sporty convertible lineup just in time for summer. The droptop starts at little over $111,000 in the United States.
For the money – $109,900 plus $1,150 destination fees – you get an M139 2.0-liter inline four-powered SL with F1-derived 48-volt mild hybrid tech. The system delivers 375 HP (380 PS) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque via the nine-speed AMG Speedshift multi-clutch transmission straight to the rear axle.
It takes 4.8 seconds for the new SL 43 to hit 60 mph (97 km/h) from a standstill, using the standard 119-inch wheels, with the 20- and 21-inch units available for extra money. Top speed is 170 mph (274 km/h).
The car, now with the ragtop instead of the metal roof of the previous gen to keep weight under control, wears the entry-level AMG SL 43 badge and sports round (not square!) exhaust tips. It comes with unique front fascia and rear apron that make it easily recognizable in traffic. The model also features the AIRPANEL active air control system.
There are a 12-inch instrument cluster and an 11.9-inch touchscreen as standard equipment. Also standard is the MBUX system. The future owner of the Mercedes-AMG SL 43 roadster will be getting electrically adjustable, heated, and cooled multicontour seats in Nappa leather and the AMG Performance steering wheel in micro- and carbon fiber. The AMG TRACK PACE is optional. Also optional are the AMG Exterior Chrome Package and the AMG Night Package I and II.
Those who would rather go for something more than a four-banger can order the 4.0-liter V8-powered SL 55. That one would be for around $26,000 more. But the extra money brings 469 HP (476 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm), which is almost 100 HP more than in the SL 43. And that makes it flash faster from zero to 60 mph (97 km/h): in just 3.8 seconds. The SL 63, with 577 HP (585 PS) kicks o at $178,100.
The new Mercedes-AMG SL 43 will hit US dealerships this summer.