The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL is reportedly to share the same platform with an Mercedes-AMG GT. Not exactly the one you’ve seen on the photos that have previously surfaced on the Internet. Speculations developed after a supposedly shorter SL Coupe was caught being tested at the Green Hell several weeks ago. But recent reports suggest otherwise.
Autocar says that Mercedes-Benz is now considering an AMG GT platform and will likely come with four types of engines. It is also believed that the SL65 and SL600’s V12 engines may no longer be included in their options. This is probably because of the stricter guidelines with regard to emissions.
Instead, there’s going to be a choice between the E63’s 603hp 5.5 litre V8 twin turbocharger, a couple of turbocharged 6-cylinders with either 450hp or 402 hp and a 470hp 4.0 litre V8.
As reported, the 7th gen SL currently being developed under AMG would be just like the recently launched GT Roadster. But due to its aluminium body frame and carbon fibre torque tube, the upcoming roadster would be so much lighter as compared with the on-going R231 model.
The significant amount of weight reduced will surely improve its performance and fuel economy. Reports also say that there’s a chance that the 2019 SL and GT Roadster will have the same double wishbone suspension. Although it will be slightly modified to better adapt to the SL’s usual setup. A grand tourer-style air suspension is very likely to come as well but is yet to be confirmed.
Moreover, instead of giving it the R232 product code, the new SL is believed to bear the R233 codename. If this were true, then we can only expect the 2019 SL to be very different from the current model. This includes the hard top roof being replaced by soft top fabric cover. A coupe body style is likely being considered to go along with the new roadster. But Mercedes-Benz hasn’t confirmed anything whether or not a fixed metal roof is already on the line.
If ever, it would be the first time that both soft and hard top cover will be offered on the segment. Overall, Mercedes-Benz is obviously running a more cost efficient approach for using AMG-GT’s hardware platform. With that being the case, it would be simpler for them to develop the new SL model in time for 2019. The increased level of production will provide more choices of variants, which could possibly include a Black Series