Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL roadster, the seventh generation for the performance luxury drop-top. When it goes on sale next year, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL will go up against the Chevy Corvette C8.
The heart of the new 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL is an AMG-built biturbo 4.0L V8. The ‘eight will be available in two power levels at launch, with base SL 55 models producing 469 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, sending the roadster to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The new SL will also be offered with 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque in the SL 63 trim, dropping the 0-to-60 mph time to 3.5 seconds. A nine-speed automatic transmission handles the cog swaps.
Under the skin is a new lightweight aluminum composite structure with enhanced torsional rigidity. The 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL will also introduce all-wheel drive for the first time, while also offering AMG Active Ride Control suspension with active anti-roll stabilization, rear axle steering, and optional AMG high-performance ceramic brakes.
The exterior styling of the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL continues the nameplate’s traditional features, such as an extended hoodline, short overhangs, and cab-back proportions in the profile. The roof incorporates a soft top for reduced weight compared to a convertible hard top configuration. The soft top takes 15 seconds to open or close, and can be operated at speeds up to 37 mph.
Up front is an AMG-specific radiator treatment, plus LED headlights. LED taillights are used in back. The exterior design is now more streamlined, with a Cd of 0.31, while customers can opt into the AMG Aerodynamics package for greater handling at speed. Wheel sizing ranges between 20 and 21 inches in diameter.
The cabin space features a 2+2 seating arrangement, as well as standard AMG sports seats with Merc’s Airscarf neck heater comfort feature. AMG Performance seats are optional.
The 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL will go on sale next summer. Pricing is estimated to start at roughly $100,000.