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Next-gen Mercedes-Benz SL will be "sportier", says boss

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First prototypes of the next Mercedes-Benz SL will be on roads this year, according to AMG boss Tobias Moers, the man responsible for the new sports car.


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“We’re bringing back the historic DNA of the SL," he said. "It's far sportier [this time round]. It will have a perfect compromise between driving dynamics and comfort because it’s still kind of a cruiser too.”

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Next-gen Mercedes-Benz SL will be "sportier", says boss

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Eighth iteration of the convertible will return to its sporting roots, sharing a new platform with the next AMG GT

First prototypes of the next Mercedes-Benz SL will be on roads this year, according to AMG boss Tobias Moers, the man responsible for the new sports car.

Moers confirmed the SL, which will launch by 2021, will be “aligned” with the next AMG GT. Both cars will share a new aluminium-intensive platform, known internally as the Modular Sports Architecture (MSA), in an attempt to increase the economies of scale and overall profitability of two of Mercedes’ most exclusive model lines.

Autocar first scooped the new SL last October and now Moers has confirmed details of it.

“We’re bringing back the historic DNA of the SL," he said. "It's far sportier [this time round]. It will have a perfect compromise between driving dynamics and comfort because it’s still kind of a cruiser too.”

This is the first time AMG has overseen development of an SL.

Moers said: “Handing over SL to AMG as the performance and sports car brand is great. There’s lots of responsibility behind that, and I’m really honoured.”

He also confirmed that the eight-generation SL would be offered only as a roadster, like its predecessor.

Autocar has previously reported that the model will receive a traditional fabric hood in place of the folding hard-top arrangement that has been used for the past two incarnations of the SL.

Overall, the SL will be revived as a lighter, faster and more engaging model, which is why AMG has been tasked with heading up the project.

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So if the newer SL will be sportier, what is going to make it different from a GT C? They are already both almost the same size and price.
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So they make a more rearward-positioned cabin. And it will be lighter. Sounds like SLK territory

(Apart from the fact that it will be bigger than the previous SL)
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So they make a more rearward-positioned cabin. And it will be lighter. Sounds like SLK territory

(Apart from the fact that it will be bigger than the previous SL)

Cloth roof though ....


The decision to replace the folding hard-top of today’s SL with a more compact fabric hood is also said to have provided greater scope in the styling of the rear of the new model. “It’s much more shapely, especially at the rear, because it is no longer dictated in height and width for the packaging of the hard-top roof,” the source added.


I *could* get used to that. Have to say I've been drooling (a little) over the SL400 - particularly for holidays, but it *is* big!
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With the AMG GT available in 4 levels of sportiness with or without convertible roof, plus a Black Series why does the SL have to be more sporty? More sporty that a SL55, or SL600, or SL63, or SL65. There is insane choice.
The demographic that needs more sportiness from their SL is called an AMG GT buyer.
Maybe the SL buyers want the pretence of high performance.
Maybe also E and S class convertibles have canabalised sales from SL, given all have the family look.
Like the SLK, the SL lost its unique styling progressively since 2004. And did that help sales? I think not.

Since the start of last decade, they have added, C, S and GT convertibles, this has to split the buyers.
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