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News The All-New 2022 Mercedes-Benz SL Gets a Soft Top and V8 Engine

The All-New 2022 Mercedes-Benz SL Gets a Soft Top and V8 Engine

The all-new Mercedes-Benz SL sticks to its roots however it is doused in the latest driving and connected technologies


  • Only one version will be available in Canada to start: An AMG SL 63 4MATIC.

  • A Performance hybrid drive version will be offered at a later date.

  • And yes, for the first time ever, the SL will be delivered with 4MATIC AWD.


The Mercedes-Benz SL is an icon, a beacon of design, luxury, and performance. For nearly 70 years, starting with the legendary 300 SL Gullwing, the SL has stood for drop-top grand touring driving at its finest.

2022 Mercedes-AMG SL | Photo: Mercedes

And this will continue to be true for the all-new 2022 Mercedes-Benz SL will be offered in various iterations globally however Canada will be privy that what is clearly the flagship version. Upon its introduction, the Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4MATIC will be the only version available and no one will complain.

The AMG SL will be powered by a handcrafted AMG 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engine that produces 577 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. The output increase is the result of higher boost pressure and greater airflow, as well as modified engine software.

2022 Mercedes-AMG SL | Photo: Mercedes

The power is sent to all four wheels via an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission. About the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system, it features fully variable torque distribution between the front and rear axles. We’re not seeing anything about a drift mode however we figure it probably will in the right hands.

Keeping the AMG SL 63 composed and comfortable will be the standard AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL suspension with active hydraulic anti-roll stabilization. The chassis is composed of a multi-link front and rear suspension for optimal control.

2022 Mercedes-AMG SL | Photo: Mercedes

The new 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL will be quicker than any before it, capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.6 seconds. It will also be the most agile and stable ever. The SL 63 will feature active rear-axle steering which will steer the wheels either in the opposite direction (up to 100 km/h) or in the same direction (faster than 100 km/h) as the front wheels. The result will be extreme agility at lower speeds or stability unlike any other SL at high speeds.

Physically, the new SL is as beautiful and elegant as ever with a definite nod to the 300 SL, especially in the rear. The long wheelbase, short overhangs, and the long bonnet with twin power bulges project speed and power. These classic proportions are augmented by an AMG-specific grille and accompanying wheels deliver an extra dose of attitude that perfectly fits the SL’s powerful appearance.

2022 Mercedes-AMG SL | Photo: Mercedes

The standard electric soft top, which replaces the previous metal vario roof, saves 21 kilograms and boot space. It operates in about 15 seconds and is possible to change its position up to a speed of 60 km/h. It also looks incredibly right on the new SL.

The new SL’s cabin, which maintains a 2+2 configuration, is crafted with the utmost attention using the finest materials available. Mercedes-Benz refers to 300 SL-inspired dashboard as being a combination of analog geometry and the digital world, and they call it “hyperanalogue”. It features a fully digital instrument cluster and Benz’s MBUX infotainment system which is capable of learning accessible via the adjustable central display in the centre console.

2022 Mercedes-AMG SL | Photo: Mercedes

Unsurprisingly, the new 2022 AMG SL 63 4MATIC+ will be delivered with a comprehensively long list of standard and premium features. It will also include a vast array of safety elements, both active and passive.

Pricing for the all-new 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4MATIC+ will be announced at a later date, closer to its arrival.

2022 Mercedes-AMG SL | Photo: Mercedes

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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