Brief Model of New Mercedes-AMG SL Launched

Brief Model of New Mercedes-AMG SL Launched

Bennett Oghifo

The brand new Mercedes-AMG SL, the brand new version of an icon, returns to its roots with a traditional tender high and sporty character. On the similar time, the luxurious roadster as a 2+2 seater is especially appropriate for on a regular basis use and places its energy down on the highway with all-wheel drive for the primary time. Excessive-tech elements reminiscent of AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension with energetic anti-roll stabilization, rear-axle steering, and optionally obtainable AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system can be found. Together with the Handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine, this ends in a driving expertise of the very best order. As a constant Efficiency Luxurious mannequin, Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach has developed the SL utterly independently. Two fashions with AMG V8 engines will kick off the market launch.

Nearly 70 years in the past, a sports activities automotive launched in Stuttgart instantly grew to become a legend. The imaginative and prescient of increasing the potential of the Mercedes-Benz model by way of motor racing successes produced the primary SL because of this – a road-going racing sports activities automotive. Shortly after its debut in 1952, the 300 SL (inner designation W 194) reaped success after success on the race tracks of the world. In its first 12 months, it achieved, amongst different issues, a spectacular one-two victory within the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans and even took the primary 4 locations within the Nürburgring Grand Jubilee Prize for sports activities vehicles. Its successes rapidly make the SL a legend.

The profitable racing automotive was adopted in 1954 by the 300 SL manufacturing sports activities automotive (W 198), which is known as the “Gullwing” due to its uncommon doorways. In 1999, a jury of motoring journalists voted it the “Sports activities Automotive of the Century.” Different highlights of the mannequin historical past embrace the “Pagoda” (W 113, 1963-1971), the evergreen R 107 (1971-1989), which was constructed for 18 years, and its successor, the R 129, which is taken into account an automotive sculpture due to its hanging wedge form. The abbreviation “SL” to this present day thus stands for one of many few real automotive icons on the earth.

Within the decades-long growth historical past from full-blooded racing automotive to open-top luxurious sports activities automotive, the brand new Mercedes-AMG SL now units one other milestone. It combines the sportiness of the unique SL with the distinctive luxurious and technological excellence that characterize trendy Mercedes fashions.

“The SL is an icon: For nearly 70 years, the distinctive sports activities automotive has delighted Mercedes clients of each technology around the globe. With the rebirth of the roadster from Mercedes-AMG, the brand new SL greater than ever stays the image of this timeless fascination,” says Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Administration of Daimler AG liable for Mercedes-Benz Automobiles Advertising and Gross sales

“The brand new SL combines the sporty genes of the unique SL with the driving efficiency typical of AMG. On the similar time, it affords luxurious and luxury on the absolute high stage. This mixture is exclusive within the sports activities automotive phase and can also be mirrored within the inside – the place the very best ranges of consolation and high quality meet the correct serving to of sportiness.

The high-quality mixture of analogue world and state-of-the-art digital tools makes it clear that the brand new SL is the rebirth of an icon for the fashionable period,” says Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Administration of Mercedes-AMG GmbH

“With the brand new SL, now we have created a repositioning of the enduring SL design. The expressively modelled exterior conveys a light-weight and purist impression and brings sensual magnificence and indulgent design into good concord,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler Group

“We at Mercedes-AMG think about it an amazing honor to have had the privilege to develop the brand new version of this sports activities automotive icon. After we have been tasked with the general growth of the brand new SL, we have been in a position to begin from scratch with out constructing on an present construction. We’re pleased with the consequence, which as soon as once more demonstrates the excessive stage of engineering experience in Affalterbach. The brand new 2+2 idea combines agile driving dynamics with a excessive stage of consolation and unrestricted suitability for on a regular basis use,” says Jochen Hermann, Chief

Technical Officer of Mercedes-AMG GmbH

With its thrilling design, state-of-the-art expertise and excellent driving traits, the brand new Mercedes-AMG SL units requirements within the luxurious sports activities automotive phase. The outside design fascinates with an ideal triad: it combines the fashionable Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of sensual purity with the sportiness typical of AMG and attribute particulars. The 2 energy bulges on the hood are simply one in every of quite a few options harking back to the primary SL technology. The interaction of sunshine and shadow makes the general look visually gentle and low. It’s clear at first look that the brand new SL has returned to its sporty roots.

Exterior design: balanced design with sporty genes

Attribute options of the physique design are the lengthy wheelbase, quick overhangs, lengthy hood, passenger compartment set again with a strongly raked windscreen and highly effective rear finish. This ends in typical SL proportions. Along with the voluminously sculpted wheel arches and huge alloy wheels flush with the outer pores and skin, they offer the roadster its highly effective, dynamic look. When closed, the seamlessly built-in tender high underscores the purist, sporty impression.

The AMG-specific radiator grille emphasizes the impact of width of the entrance and, with its 14 vertical slats, cites the ancestor of all SL fashions, the legendary 300 SL racing sports activities automotive of 1952. Different distinctive design parts embrace slim, sharply outlined LED headlamps and equally slim LED rear lamps.

Inside design: Efficiency Luxurious with “hyper analogue” cockpit

The inside of the brand new Mercedes-AMG SL transforms the custom of the primary 300 SL Roadster into the fashionable period. The brand new version completely combines sporting virtues and luxurious. Wonderful supplies and meticulous workmanship underline the usual of the very best stage of consolation. The cockpit design, proper right down to the adjustable central show within the heart console, is targeted on the motive force. On the similar time, the utterly new inside house idea with 2+2 seats affords extra room and performance than earlier than. The rear seats enhance the every day practicality and usable house.

The minimalist inside of the 300 SL Roadster, outfitted with high-quality supplies, impressed the designers within the inside design of the brand new mannequin: The result’s an thrilling mixture of analogue geometry and digital world – referred to as “hyper analogue.” That is exemplified by the absolutely digital instrument cluster, which is built-in right into a three-dimensional visor. The usual MBUX infotainment system affords a selection of a number of particular show kinds and completely different modes.

One in every of many highlights within the inside of the brand new SL is the sculptural seat design of the usual, electrically adjustable AMG sports activities seats. The pinnacle restraints are built-in into the backrest and emphasize the sporty character. The AIRSCARF neck-level heating system is on board as commonplace: heat air flows into the passenger compartment from air retailers within the head restraints and wraps across the head and neck space of the motive force and entrance passenger like a shawl. Good ergonomics and varied progressive seam and quilting patterns full the symbiosis of high-tech, efficiency and luxurious. AMG Efficiency seats can be found as an possibility.

The newest technology MBUX (Mercedes-Benz Consumer Expertise) is intuitive to function and able to studying. It affords quite a few purposeful contents and the working construction of the second-generation MBUX system, which debuted within the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Within the SL, AMG-specific content material is added extensively in 5 show kinds. Unique menu objects reminiscent of “AMG Efficiency” or “AMG TRACK PACE” additionally emphasize the sporty character.

Physique shell: new roadster structure with composite aluminum construction

The brand new SL relies on a very new 2+2-seater automobile structure developed by Mercedes-AMG. The chassis is designed as a light-weight composite aluminum construction and consists of an aluminum house body with a self-supporting construction. The design ensures most rigidity and is thus the proper foundation for exact driving dynamics, excessive consolation, optimum packaging and sporty physique proportions. The brand new physique shell was created – as with the primary SL in 1952 – actually on a clean sheet of paper: not a single part comes from the predecessor SL or some other mannequin such because the AMG GT Roadster.

The purpose of the physique shell structure is to comprehend the driving efficiency typical of AMG with a concentrate on lateral and longitudinal dynamics, whereas on the similar time assembly the excessive requirements of consolation and security. Within the new SL, the clever materials combine allows the very best attainable rigidity at a low weight. Optimized materials cross-sections and complex part shapes create house for the great consolation and security options in addition to the tender high. The supplies used embrace aluminum, magnesium, fiber composites and metal, from which the windscreen body, for instance, is made. This serves as roll-over safety along side the roll bar system behind the rear seats, which may be prolonged at lightning velocity when wanted.

In comparison with the earlier mannequin collection, the torsional rigidity of the physique shell construction elevated by 18 %. The transverse rigidity is 50 % increased than the already excellent worth of the AMG GT Roadster. The longitudinal rigidity is 40 % increased. The burden of the plain physique shell is round 595 kilos (270 kilograms). Along with the low heart of gravity, the focused light-weight development ensures excellent driving dynamics.

Energetic aerodynamics: for good stability and excessive effectivity

A key growth focus of the brand new SL was excessive aerodynamic effectivity—particularly an ideal stability between low drag and diminished carry. Right here, the luxurious roadster advantages from Mercedes-AMG’s wide-ranging motorsport experience and from in depth energetic aerodynamic parts on the entrance and rear. All streamlining parts are seamlessly built-in into the outside design. Additional detailed measures cut back the drag coefficient to Cd 0.31 – a superb determine for open-top sports activities vehicles.

The SL’s aerodynamics meet the complicated necessities of dealing with stability, drag, cooling and wind noise. No matter whether or not the highest is down or up, the automobile character and driving traits stay unchanged. The even aerobalance helps to defuse vital driving conditions, reminiscent of a sudden evasive maneuver at excessive velocity.

AIRPANEL air management system: two-piece for the primary time

A technical spotlight within the aero growth: the two-piece, energetic air management system AIRPANEL. The primary piece operates with vertical louvers hidden behind the decrease air consumption within the entrance bumper. The second piece is situated behind the higher air consumption and has horizontal louvers. Usually all louvers are closed. This place reduces drag and permits the air to be directed particularly in the direction of the underbody. This additional reduces entrance carry. Solely when sure temperatures on predefined elements are reached and the demand for cooling air is especially excessive do the louvers open and permit most cooling air to move to the warmth exchangers.

One other energetic part is the retractable rear spoiler seamlessly built-in into the trunk lid. It adjustments its place relying on the driving standing. In doing so, the management software program takes under consideration quite a few parameters: it elements the driving velocity, the longitudinal and lateral acceleration and the steering velocity into the calculation. The spoiler assumes 5 completely different angular positions from 50 mph (80 km/h) to both optimize dealing with stability or cut back drag.

The non-obligatory AMG Aerodynamics Package deal, which incorporates an energetic aerodynamic factor, is hidden within the underbody in entrance of the engine, additionally contributes to the improved dealing with. This carbon profile, which weighs round 4.4 kilos (2 kilograms), reacts to the setting of the AMG driving modes and mechanically extends downwards by round 1.6 inches (40 mm) at a velocity of fifty mph (80 km/h). The AMG driving modes are then activated. This creates the Venturi impact, which sucks the automotive moreover to the highway floor and reduces front-axle carry. The driving force feels this positively within the steering: the SL may be steered much more exactly into bends and tracks much more stably.

A variety of aerodynamically optimized alloy wheels with diameters of 20 or 21 inches is obtainable for the SL, decreasing drag by way of much less turbulence. Significantly refined are 20-inch wheels with plastic aero rings, which additionally save weight.

The tender high: much less weight and low heart of gravity

The sportier positioning of the brand new SL additionally prompt the choice for an electrical tender high as an alternative of the earlier steel vario roof. The 46-lb. (21-kilogram) discount in weight and the ensuing decrease heart of gravity have a constructive impact on driving dynamics and dealing with. The space- and weight-saving Z-fold makes it attainable to dispense with a standard soft-top compartment cowl. The entrance roof cap ensures that the open tender high is flush with the floor in its ultimate place. On the similar time, the builders have been confronted with the duty of sustaining the excessive suitability for on a regular basis use and the exemplary noise consolation. The three-layer design consists of a tightly stretched outer shell, exactly crafted roof liner and the acoustic mat fabricated from high-quality 450 g/m² materials inserted in between.

Opening and shutting takes solely about 15 seconds and is feasible as much as a velocity of 37 mph (60 km/h). The tender high is operated utilizing the swap panel within the heart console or the multimedia touchscreen, on which an animation reveals how the method is progressing.

Engine, transmission and all-wheel drive: nice selection and extra selection than ever earlier than

At market launch, the brand new SL begins with two output ranges of the AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine. The engines are assembled purely by hand on the firm’s web site in Affalterbach in accordance with the “One Man, One Engine” precept. Within the high mannequin SL 63, the engine develops 577 hp and supplies a most torque of 590 lb-ft over a large rev vary from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. Accelerating from 0 to 60 mph takes an estimated 3.5 seconds. Within the SL 55, the V8 unit develops an output of 469 hp and a peak torque of 516 lb-ft. The dash from standstill to 60 mph takes an estimated 3.8 seconds.

To be used within the SL, the engine obtained a brand new oil pan, repositioned intercoolers and energetic crankcase air flow. The consumption and exhaust ducts have been optimized for much more efficient fuel alternate, and the exhaust fuel routing for the catalytic converter field and petrol particulate filter has been enlarged. The builders achieved the elevated output of the SL 63 primarily by way of increased enhance stress and higher air move, in addition to modified engine software program. To sum up, the eight-cylinder engine thrills with its distinctive energy supply and highly effective acceleration in all engine velocity ranges mixed with most effectivity for low consumption and emission values.

Efficiency hybrid in growth

At a later date, we can even provide the SL as a robust Efficiency hybrid drive. The AMG E PERFORMANCE drive technique relies on the tenet of providing an electrified powertrain that additional enhances driving dynamics whereas additionally being extremely environment friendly.

Moist start-up clutch for the transmission

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission combines an emotionally interesting gearshift expertise with extraordinarily quick shift instances and is specifically tailored to the necessities of the brand new SL. A moist start-off clutch replaces the torque converter. It reduces weight and, because of its decrease inertia, optimizes response to accelerator pedal instructions, particularly throughout spurts and cargo adjustments.

Extra traction and dealing with stability: absolutely variable AMG Efficiency 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive

For the primary time in its nearly 70-year historical past, the SL is obtainable with a drive system appearing on all 4 wheels. The 2 V8 fashions are outfitted with AMG Efficiency 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive expertise as commonplace.

This clever system combines the benefits of completely different drive ideas: the absolutely variable torque distribution to the entrance and rear axles ensures optimum traction proper as much as the bodily restrict. The driving force can also be in a position to depend on excessive dealing with stability and a excessive stage of security beneath all situations.

Suspension and brakes: Multi-link entrance axle, energetic anti-roll stabilization and optimum deceleration The SL 55 is supplied as commonplace with a newly developed AMG RIDE CONTROL metal suspension with notably succesful aluminum shock absorbers and light-weight coil springs. For the primary time, a series- manufacturing Mercedes-AMG automobile is fitted with a multi-link entrance axle with 5 hyperlinks organized completely inside the wheel rim. This considerably improves the kinematics. On the rear axle, a 5-link design likewise controls the wheels.

The modern AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension with energetic, hydraulic anti-roll stabilization makes its debut within the SL 63. The most important innovation: energetic hydraulic parts change the traditional mechanical anti-roll bars and compensate for rolling actions of the brand new SL in fractions of a second. The system allows optimum steering and load-change habits with AMG-typical driving traits when it comes to dynamics, precision and suggestions for the motive force. On the similar time, it will increase experience consolation when driving in a straight line and over bumps.

The newly developed AMG high-performance composite braking system ensures glorious deceleration values and exact management. It impresses with quick braking distances, delicate response and excessive stability – even beneath excessive stress. The brand new composite brake discs are lighter than earlier than and take up much less house, which is used for even higher brake cooling. The directional perforation can also be new: Along with the extra weight saving and higher warmth dissipation, this answer scores factors with a quicker response in moist situations in addition to higher pad cleansing after braking maneuvers.

Energetic rear-axle steering: combines agility and stability

For the primary time in its lengthy historical past, the SL is supplied with energetic rear-axle steering as commonplace. Relying on the velocity, the rear wheels steer both in the wrong way (as much as 62 mph, or 100 km/h) or in the identical path (quicker than 62 mph, or 100 km/h) because the entrance wheels. The system thus allows each agile and secure dealing with – traits which are in distinction to one another with out rear-axle steering. Different benefits embrace simpler automobile management on the limits and fewer steering effort as a result of the front-wheel steering ratio is extra direct.

Six driving modes and AMG DYNAMICS: from snug to dynamic

The six AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes “Slippery,” “Consolation,” “Sport,” “Sport +,” “Particular person” and “RACE” (commonplace for SL 63, included within the non-obligatory AMG DYNAMIC PLUS bundle for SL 55) allow a large unfold of car traits from snug to dynamic. The person driving modes provide a person driving expertise, exactly tailor-made to completely different driving situations. As a characteristic of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes, the SL fashions additionally characteristic AMG DYNAMICS. This built-in automobile dynamics management extends the stabilizing capabilities of ESP® with agility-enhancing intervention within the all-wheel management, steering traits and extra ESP® capabilities. When cornering at velocity, for instance, transient braking intervention on the interior rear wheel generates an outlined yawing movement across the vertical axis for responsive and exact entry into the bend. The spectrum ranges from extraordinarily secure to extremely dynamic.

SL vary of apparatus: nice selection for a person look

The tools particulars and the quite a few choices provide a variety of individualization for essentially the most various buyer needs – from sporty-dynamic to luxurious-elegant. Twelve paint colours together with the 2 unique SL paints Hyper Blue Metallic and MANUFAKTUR Monza Gray magno, three roof shade variants and quite a few new wheel designs make the selection a pleasure. Three exterior design packages can be found to additional sharpen the look and make it both extra elegant or extra dynamic. The SL 55 and SL 63 sit on 20-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels as commonplace. The vary of wheels features a complete of six completely different variants. They embrace two aerodynamically optimized 20-inch choices in 5-twin-spoke or multi-spoke designs. The vary is rounded off with 21-inch AMG alloy wheels in a 10-spoke Y-design and 21-inch AMG cast wheels each in two shade variants.

Driver help programs and MBUX: clever helpers within the background

With the assistance of quite a few sensors, cameras and radar, the motive force help programs observe the visitors and the environment of the brand new roadster. If mandatory, the clever helpers can intervene at lightning velocity. As within the present generations of the Mercedes C-Class and S-Class, the motive force is supported by quite a few new or enhanced programs – in on a regular basis conditions, for instance, by help for velocity adaptation, distance management, steering and lane adjustments. When hazard threatens, the help programs are ready to reply to impending collisions because the scenario calls for. The functioning of the programs is visualized by a brand new show idea within the instrument cluster.

The brand new help show within the instrument cluster reveals comprehensibly and transparently how the motive force help programs work in a full-screen view. The driving force can see their automotive, lanes, lane markings and different highway customers reminiscent of vehicles, vehicles and two-wheelers in an abstracted 3D means there. The system standing and operation of the assistants are visualized on this depiction of the environment. The brand new animated help show relies on a 3-D scene generated in actual time. This dynamic, high-quality illustration makes the operation of the driving help programs clear as a tangible augmented actuality expertise.

Quite a few connectivity companies obtainable

The MBUX (Mercedes-Benz Consumer Expertise) infotainment system allows in depth intuitive working choices and lots of digital companies from Mercedes me join. Its strengths embrace the intuitive working idea by way of touchscreen or contact management buttons on the steering wheel, smartphone integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, hands-free system by way of Bluetooth connection, and HD radio. Along side MBUX, clients have already got entry to connectivity companies reminiscent of Dwell Visitors Data. With Mercedes me join, nevertheless, the brand new SL turns into much more clever general: further capabilities can be utilized earlier than and after the journey or whereas on the highway. All that’s required is to hyperlink the roadster to a Mercedes me account within the Mercedes me portal and settle for the phrases of use. Because of navigation with Dwell Visitors Data and Automotive-to-X communication, the shopper drives with real-time visitors information. This fashion, visitors jams may be prevented effectively and useful time may be saved. Automotive-to-X communication allows related automobiles to alternate details about visitors occasions.