Next gen Mercedes-Benz SL is set to get a soft top, 4 seats and an 800-horsepower version

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With the AMG power house taking over the development of the next-gen Mercedes-Benz SL, set to arrive in 2021, things are bound to change in the range. The car will get a soft top, a 2+2 seat layout, a multi-layer soft top and more than 800 horsepower.

Under the bonnet of the convertible, there will be the company’s 4.0-liter V8 assisted by an electric motor that will provide the additional power. It will switch to the aluminum MSA platform that provides the necessary weight saving, even though the wheelbase is expected to grow to make room for the extra seats, similar to that found in the S-Class Coupe.

The soft top dropped by the range in 2001 is set to return in 2021, opening more space possibilities and will surely change the shape of the rear, made especially bulky to host the hard top.

According to the unofficial reports, the engine range starts quite a debate for the premium carmaker. The SL 43 will make use of a 3.0-litr inline-six with 435 HP. Then the 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo comes into the game, with 522 horsepower for the SL 53. The same engine, but with 612 horsepower, will find shelter in the SL 63. All three of them are se tto get the 48 V 20-horsepower mild hybrid system. A new Sl 73 plug-in hybrid will lead the way with a 612-horsepower V8 and a 204-horsepower electric motor, derived from the drive train of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, Autoblog reports.

We will know the truth in no time. An insider told Autoblog that there will be a “vastly different proposition to today’s model.” Therefore “no time” can’t come soon enough.