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2018 Mercedes SL-Class Won’t Say Goodbye Just Yet

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With the entry of the Mercedes-AMG GT series which is set to offer convertible models soon enough, there isn’t much of a point to the AMG SL anymore. Even when it doesn’t pertain to performance models, the SL-Class doesn’t really have a spot in the Mercedes’ lineup anymore.

But the automaker is giving its grand touring roadster another chance by making some changes. Since one of its drawbacks is its weight, the new SL-Class is primed to arrive with a new MSA platform.

It’s also losing its folding metal roof for a fabric soft top to shed more weight. As for powertrains, the AMG SL models wouldn’t differ much from what’s available at present.

There’s going to be 577hp for the SL63 from a 4.0L twin turbo V6 and 621hp for the SL65 from a 6.0L V12. Set to introduced is the SL300 believed to be worth about 365hp, which is pushed up to 435hp on the SL400.

The SL500 would be powered by the same 4.0L V8 in the AMG SL63, but without the turbos for a good 455hp. Let’s hope that this renewal of the SL-Class would work, that we wouldn’t have to say goodbye to the series too soon.