Mercedes is readying an all-new, eighth-generation SL roadster, and the German automaker needs everybody to know simply how all-new it’s. Within the newest bit of knowledge, the corporate revealed that the brand new SL shares not a single part with at present’s SL, and that the brand new roadster is constructed on a brand new aluminum-intensive, space-frame structure. The above picture is a peek at what lies beneath the brand new automobile’s pores and skin.
It is considerably stunning that Mercedes is growing a brand new structure for the SL. Though the SL is a vital automobile for the corporate’s model picture — it has been a halo mannequin for the whole thing of its 70-year existence — it is also a mannequin that sells in volumes which are low and trending decrease. Even well-heeled automobile consumers are turning their backs on ritzy, trendy convertibles in favor of nonetheless extra SUVs. And Mercedes-Benz has mentioned that it plans to cut back the variety of convertible choices in its lineup.
Pointedly, Mercedes says the brand new sports activities automobile, codenamed R232, shouldn’t be associated to the AMG GT Roadster. It might be, nevertheless, that the brand new SL will exchange that mannequin along with the present Mercedes-Benz roadster. We already know that the automobile shall be bought because the Mercedes-AMG SL, and that it is being repositioned as extra of a real sports activities automobile and fewer of a grand tourer. Spy footage (proven beneath) have additionally revealed that the automobile ditches the retractable hardtop in favor of a standard tender high, and we have discovered that all-wheel-drive shall be obtainable for the primary time.
As to the brand new SL’s styling, we’ll have to attend to see if it improves upon the present model. Here is hoping. For now, although, Mercedes appears to need us to understand the brand new automobile’s internal magnificence.