This should be the design for the R173 its lovely.
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.