The new model year Mercedes-AMG SL is en route to U.S. shores, but it’s arriving this year at a premium: the base sticker on the new Mercedes-AMG SL 55 has jumped to $138,450 with destination. Its elder sibling, the Mercedes-AMG SL 63, arrives tagged at $179,150 and up.
The AWD SL 55’s feature set makes it a serious contender in its class. The model is outfitted with an active spoiler, LED headlamps, 20-inch wheels and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Providing the energy is a 4.0L V8 biturbo that delivers 469 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. In the cabin, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and an 11.9-inch infotainment screen dominate the dash, while massaging and Airscarf-enabled seats, Burmester sound system, two-zone climate, and ambient lighting are on the creature comforts list. A Performance Trim level is optional, and represents a step up from the Touring Trim; it adds AMG’s Active Ride Control suspension to the menu, among other driverly treats.
The SL 63 gets 577 HP and 590 lb-ft out of the same V8 engine, and can reach 196 MPH before it’s all done. It comes standard with Active Ride Control.
Regarding the Mercedes-AMG SL 43: no word has yet emerged from the company regarding U.S. availability.