Upcoming Mercedes-AMG SL on final winter development drive
The new MERCEDES-BENZ "300 SL" (super-light) sports car model will be undertaking road trials in public for the first time this week. These lines, sent to the media on 12 March 1952 from the company then known as Daimler-Benz AG, announced nothing less than a global sensation: the first public appearance of the new racing sports car, the 300 SL.
Some 69 years later, the now eighth generation of the SL is about to enter the home straight of its development. While the public road trials with the Mercedes-Benz SL 300 racing sports car still took place on the A81 Autobahn, today's Mercedes-AMG engineers do their test driving on a special, closed-off proving ground in snowy Sweden.
The final tuning of the fully variable all-wheel drive system 4MATIC+, for instance, which is now offered for the first time in the SL as well, is thus being undertaken in wintry regions. On the most challenging racing circuit in the world, the specialists from Mercedes-AMG will be ensuring that this latest interpretation of the SL draws even more than ever on its sporting roots.
Mar 16, 2021 at 14:36