Mercedes-Benz launched a brand new technology of the legendary SL this 12 months, and now we have a video detailing the manufacturing course of for the automotive.
Manufacturing takes place at Mercedes’ plant in Bremen, Germany, the place the earlier technology was constructed. The plant is certainly one of Mercedes’ largest, producing round 400,000 autos yearly. Among the different fashions constructed on the website embrace the C-Class, GLC-Class, and the EQC and EQE electrical autos.
The SL is the seventh member of a lineage that dates again to the unique 300SL gullwing race automotive of 1952, and in contrast to the opposite fashions in-built Bremen, the SL was absolutely developed by the Mercedes-Benz AMG efficiency skunkworks.
AMG developed the automotive alongside a brand new technology of its personal GT sports activities automotive which continues to be out testing, with the SL set to switch the previous-generation GT Roadster. Because of this, the SL is much more performance-focused than in previous generations.
Each the SL and next-generation GT are clean-sheet designs, primarily based on an AMG-developed rear-wheel-drive platform for sports activities automobiles, dubbed MSA (Modular Sports activities Structure). The platform options space-frame development counting on a mixture of aluminum, magnesium and composites for the physique shell, with thicker forged aluminum elements used for nodal factors the place forces might be stronger.
In comparison with the earlier SL, Mercedes boasts elevated torsional stiffness of 18% and a decrease middle of gravity. Transverse and longitudinal rigidity are additionally up 50% and 40%, respectively, over the outgoing GT Roadster. The load of the physique shell minus the doorways, hood and trunk lid is 595 kilos.
2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL physique shell
The specs are notably spectacular given the extra packaging necessities of the brand new SL over its predecessor, in addition to the GT Roadster it is set to switch. Not solely did the engineers must accommodate 2+2 seating and house for the automated folding soft-top, but additionally new drive ideas together with all-wheel drive and deliberate electrified powertrains.
One of many powertrains is predicted to be an 800-plus-hp plug-in hybrid setup shared with AMG’s GT 63S E Efficiency 4-Door Coupe. The setup options AMG’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with a mild-hybrid system up entrance, plus an electrical motor on the rear. The SL at the moment tops out at 577 hp in SL 63 guise.
Along with new powertrains, Mercedes can even add new members to the SL household. Within the pipeline are each a Maybach SL and an SL speedster. The latter might be a part of a brand new sequence of limited-production fashions to be generally known as the Mythos sequence.