Mercedes-Benz SL roadster is set to receive a midlife facelift early next year which can only mean its Mercedes-AMG SL 63 alter-ego will follow suit. And we have proof as the mighty drop-top has been caught for the first time on camera.
Heavy camouflage can’t hide changes made to the front and rear with narrower S-Class Coupe inspired headlights and the latest iteration of the Mercedes’ grille set to take center stage. At the rear alterations seem far more subtle. Lightly reshaped taillights, boot lid and AMG GT style rear bumper can be seen.
At the interior, Mercedes-Benz is expected to implement the rotary control system and larger touchscreen infotainment system lifted straight from the recently-launched Mercedes-AMG GT and C-Class alongside the full raft of latest-generation assistance systems found elsewhere in the range.
Don’t expect big changes under the bonnet for the refreshed Mercedes-AMG SL 63. The current line up will carry over mostly unchanged with both the V8 and V12 (SL 65) powered variants pegged to remain on offer. It remains unclear if Mercedes will opt to replace the old-school 5.5-liter supercharged V8 with its newer ballistic 4.0-liter twin-turbo counterpart of Mercedes-AMG GT fame. The switch would bring a drop in power from today’s rating of 585 HP to 510 HP countered by significant gains in therms of weight and CO2 emissions, though.
It’s not long before we’ll find out the truth. The facelifted Mercedes-Benz SL is due to go on sale next year following the official reveal at next month’s Frankfurt motor show.
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