Next-gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster spied testing in Germany
In 1954, the Mercedes-Benz SL grand touring passenger car made its debut. It's been in constant production since then in a varying degree of strengths throughout its five generations. Now, a new generation is readying to emerge.
Mercedes has released photos of the next-generation SL Roadster testing. They're also talking, touting the car's digital development steps, test stand runs, and simulator trials. Now, the tester is ready to hit the road to put its driving dynamics through a wide range of tasks. It has done so at the company's Test and Technology Center in Immendingen and on surrounding roads.
For 2020, the SL Roadster offers a sculpted body with two-seater comfort that rides on 19-inch wheels. The car's retractable hardtop remains a constant while the signature Mercedes-Benz Airscarf technology works to keep passengers warm/cool depending on what is required during top-down conditions.
Buyers choose from either a 362-horsepower V6 or 449-horsepower V8 engine. Both are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can select from five different drive modes.
Inside the current SL are Nappa leather, aluminum, and high-gloss wood, textured aluminum, and genuine carbon fiber.
The car comes standard with a 600-watt sound system. A 1,000-watt, 7.1-chanel Bang & Olufsen BeoSound system is available. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard.
For 2020, Mercedes priced the SL Roadster to start at $91,000. Upgrading to the model with the V8 puts that MSRP up to $114,700.
What can you expect from the next-gen. model? Think: more and better. Refined engine options, better driving dynamics, a luxurious modern interior with the latest Mercedes-Benz tech, and an improved roster of safety options. It's even possible that the SL Roadster's roof might retract quicker than its current 25 second time. Stay tuned!