This car should have stayed a secret until tomorrow afternoon if you live in Europe or morning if you live in the U.S. But leaked patent design photos reveal the Mercedes-AMG SL in all its glory.
It seems next to impossible for carmakers to keep cars secret until the moment of the official reveal. The patent design photos of the seventh-gen SL show the front end with the Panamericana radiator grille supporting the three-pointed star logo. Narrow and elongated headlights flank it and spread towards the front wings.
The first SL designed by the AMG high-performance division gets a very sleek silhouette, with the canvas roof seeming almost fixed up there.
Mercedes has already revealed the images of the dashboard and 2+2 seat layout. So there doesn’t seem to be much left to actually find out on the day of the official presentation. But we will find out tomorrow when the curtain will drop.
What cannot be seen in the photos is the fact that the future Mercedes-AMG SL will be built on the new MSA (Modular Sports Architecture) platform. The architecture will bring better interior space, enough for the two extra seats, and sportier road behavior. It does not come as a surprise since the model gets the “AMG” letters in its moniker.
Mercedes-AMG SL engines – An electric SL in the cards?
The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 will operate under the hood, in conjunction with a 48V mild-hybrid system. A nine-speed automatic transmission and the all-wheel drive 4MATIC system will transfer resources to all four corners. The entry-level version might though get the powertrain of the Mercedes-AMG 45 series. With Mercedes in the rush of electrification, an electric variant might also make its debut in the coming years.
The car comes to replace the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster that Mercedes has decided to drop due to low sales.