Lighter, stiffer, and supposedly more powerful. The 2022 SL Roadster from Mercedes-AMG could break cover soon. Along with it, we suspect the new roadster could set a respectable lap time on the Nürburgring. Find out why
A new generation of Mercedes-AMG SL is in the works and the carmaker has given out a teaser showcasing the body shell of the upcoming roadster. It is the first time Mercedes-Benz and AMG have together developed the platform for the SL line up and the car makers confirm that the new 2022 SL Roadster carries no parts, ideas, or any mechanical components from the AMG GT Roadster.
The new frame has been developed to offer 18 per cent more torsional stiffness over to the previous SL models. In comparison to the AMG GT Roadster, the newly developed chassis offers 50 per cent more transverse rigidity and 40 per cent greater longitudinal rigidity. Considering the chassis upgrades, should we be expecting an impressive lap time at the Nürburgring from the new 2022 Mercedes AMG SL Roadster? We don’t know, yet. But all the advancements could help the new Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster offer a sportier drive with improved handling characteristics.
Without the doors bonnet and boot lid, as well as without add-on assembly parts, the bodyshell weighs just 270kg. The lightweight chassis has been achieved by using a heavy dose of aluminium, steel, magnesium, and carbon fibre in its construction. The engineers have tried keeping the center of gravity low by mounting the axle, drivetrain, and other components as low as possible aiding the agility and the stability of the roadster. It does seem like Mercedes-AMG is gunning for a respectable lap time of the Green hell.
The standard SL models will feature a petrol-powered engine and Mercedes-Benz could offer a hybrid drivetrain. The top of the line full blow AMG model will be the 73e that will come equipped with an electric motor along with an I.C engine – a powerful I.C engine that does justice to the AMG badge.In addition, Mercedes-AMG confirms that the new roadster will continue with its 2+2 seat layout. The new generation will miss out on the hard-top option and the soft-top SL has been spotted on tests in the international markets several times confirming that the new SL will continue with a soft-top convertible variant. The production of the new 2022 SL Roadster will take place at the Bremen plant, where the predecessor SL already rolled off the production line. Expect a complete unveiling in the coming months.