Two of the most important letters in Mercedes-Benz history are “SL.” For decades, the SL name has been used to describe sporty, luxurious grand tourers that are celebrated for innovation, style, and high performance. The latest generation of the Mercedes SL is an AMG exclusive, with high performance, stunning looks, and driver-focused design. The newest version of the Mercedes-AMG SL is the new Mercedes-AMG SL 43, the entry level version powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that features interesting racing-derived technology.
Turbo lag is a challenge that engineers have to overcome to achieve optimal performance, and the solution that Mercedes-Benz has included in the new SL 43 is derived from its Formula 1 efforts. It uses an electric motor attached to the turbocharger to spin it, allowing for power delivery on demand. As a result, the 2.0-liter engine achieves 375 horsepower, 354 lb/ft of torque, and gets the SL 43 from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds with a 170 mph top speed. As the entry-level Mercedes-AMG SL, it starts from $109,000. It arrives at U.S. dealerships in the summer and finishes a trilogy of Mercedes-AMG SL models.
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