Mercedes SL of 2019 model year will be based on the platform AMG GT

February 19, 2017 at 21:32

Recently new Mercedes S-Class Coupe was spotted at Nurburgring and its spy photos appeared on the Internet. Almost all the world was convinced that those pictures showed new version of German sports roadster. However, it’s not true, because the car seems to be the next generation of the SL, but created on the same platform as the AMG GT.

2019 Aggressive Mercedes SL pic

2019 Aggressive Mercedes SL pic

It is obvious that such a decision was made because of the two reasons – to save significant amounts of money which becomes possible due to the use of equipment “borrowed” from the GT roadster, and to increase the pace of development of the seventh generation of the SL. Start of production of new SL is scheduled for 2019. New roadster developed by Mercedes-AMG, will loose the weight and will be significantly lighter than the current generation of R231. Engineers will use carbon fiber in torque tube and aluminum body of GT model.

2019 Advanced Mercedes SL image

2019 Advanced Mercedes SL image

Also it seems that next SL will borrow from the GT forged aluminum for the double suspension crossbar. This will allow installing air suspension for a smooth ride. Metal top of the new SL will be replaced by the new one made of lighter materials, which also will help to reduce the car’s weight. It is expected that the car will get new 4.0-liter eight-cylinder in-line twin-turbo engine from the E63.

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