New Mercedes SL Roadster interior revealed: price, specs and release date
An all-new Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster is on the way and its hi-tech interior has now been revealed. Read on for more on this exciting new model from Mercedes.
- Fabric folding roof
- Only roadster variant expected
- 2+2 seating layout
- Hi-tech ‘hyperanalogue’ cockpit design
- Six- and eight-cylinder engines with mild-hybrid tech
- 4Matic all-wheel drive likely
- Due to go on sale later in 2021
Following on from the spy pics of the Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster, we now have official images of the hi-tech interior. This is to be Mercedes’ answer to alternatives like the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and Jaguar F-Type Convertible, it will sit alongside the AMG GT Coupe and Roadster but with the added practicality of a 2+2 seating layout.
2021 Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster design
The heavily camouflaged prototypes seen earlier leave a lot to the imagination, but their overall proportions make it clear the new SL Roadster will have a long bonnet, a curvaceous front end and bulging wheel arches. The headlights appear more angular than before, and the new car should feature a similar ‘Panamericana’ grille to the latest AMG GT.
At the rear, it looks as though the new SL Roadster will sport a pair of large air vents below the brake lights – similar to the ones on an AMG GT63S 4-door – and four large exhaust pipes. These will be either round or square, depending on which engine you choose.
2021 Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster roof
The old Mercedes SL came with a folding metal roof, but the new car is expected to go for a soft-top instead. Not only will this help make the car lighter, but the less complex mechanism should leave more space in the boot for luggage when the roof’s folded away.
Modern soft-tops feature multiple layers of sound-proofing, so you can bet it’ll be very relaxing to travel in with the roof up. Various air deflectors should help reduce buffeting when you fold the roof down – which you should be able to do at up to around 30mph.
2021 Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster interior
The interior of the new SL Roadster offers up a blend of sporty and luxurious design features dominated by an 11.9-inch multimedia touchscreen which can be electronically tilted to minimise glare. There is also a 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster which is integrated into a hi-tech visor, also to reduce any reflections.
This second-gen MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system offers similar functionality to that of the S-Class saloon but with a more performance-oriented layout. There is also an optional 3D head-up display which ties seamlessly into the rest of the system Mercedes has named the combination of this digital layout and analogue interior geometry the ‘hyperanalogue’ cockpit.
The interior is of a 2+2 design, offering up two small rear seats for either children or luggage. This sets it apart from the AMG GT and brings an added level of practicality similar to the layout in the Porsche 911 Cabriolet.
Further underlining the luxurious nature of the AMG SL Roadster are diamond-quilted Nappa leather seats (in single or two-tone design), a 64-colour ambient lighting setup and a sensational Burmester audio system.
2021 Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster engines
Mercedes hasn’t announced which engines will power the new SL roadster, but you’ll likely be able to choose from a range of mild-hybrid six-cylinder engines and bigger, more powerful V8 options.
The former will probably make use of the six-cylinder engines currently fitted to the Mercedes E-Class and Mercedes-AMG E53 and should produce around 380hp including its hybrid assistance.
The V8 models will use a version of AMG’s tried-and-tested 4.0-litre twin-turbo engine, most likely producing over 600hp in this application. As with almost all new Mercedes, the new SL Roadster will come exclusively with an automatic gearbox – most likely a nine-speed unit.
2021 Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster price and release date
The Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster should debut later this year with sales commencing shortly thereafter. Prices for the base six-cylinder models should be in the region of £70,000 with top V8 variants setting you back at least £100,000.
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