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2021 Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster undergoing dynamic road testing at Immendingen

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Following the extensive digital development test, simulator trials, static test runs, the Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster is now entering a new phase of dynamic driving tests at the Group’s own Test and Technology centre in Immendingen. The Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster is also expected to be seen testing on public roads soon. 

Now the German premium carmaker has released disguised images of the pre-production prototype model of the Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster, road testing at Immendingen. The next-generation SL Roadster has its roots from the rich history of motorsports whose foundations were laid back in 1952. 

The Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster is underpinned by the same platform used on the next-generation AMG-GT and both the models are expected to be produced on the same assembly line at the brand’s Sindelfingen production plant in Germany. The next-gen SL Roadster and AMG-GT are also expected to share a few mechanical and electrified parts such as the 48V hybrid electric architecture, suspension, steering and axle assemblies among other components.

In terms of design and styling, the Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster comes with a long bonnet design with raised ridges, an imposing radiator grille, air intakes on the lower part of the front apron, rounded rear end, rounded flared wheel arches and a soft top. The bumpers are expected to get geometrical features and the final production model is likely to come with a different grille design. On the inside, the SL Roadster is expected to come with a 2+2 cabin based on the predecessor and more details on that is expected to be revealed soon. 

Details on the powertrain are scarce at the moment, but the SL Roadster is expected to be powered by a hybridised in-line six-cylinder, a V-8-cylinder engine with high powered AMG tuned models, but the brand may not bring a V-12 powered SL Roadster. The engines are expected to be coupled to a 9-speed SpeedShift transmission. 

The Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster will rival the likes of the Jaguar F-Type if it is launched in the Indian market.