“Few things in the automotive industry are as anticipated as the arrival of an all-new Mercedes-Benz SL model,” says Michael Harley in Forbes. The new SL, developed with AMG, Mercedes’ renowned performance wing, is no exception. It is the culmination of luxury, masterful engineering and technological innovation in “one beautifully sculpted package”. Not that pedestrians will have long to admire it, says Hannah Elliott on Bloomberg. It may have the good looks to rival any modern Porsche or Chevrolet, but with a 4.0 litre V8 engine under the bonnet, passers-by won’t be able to keep their eye on it for long.
Mercedes has injected a surprising amount of power into the AMG SL. It comes in two flavours – the SL55 and the slightly racier 63, with a top speed of 195mph. And whereas the original SL from the late 1950s was lucky to maintain an 80mph cruising speed on the highway, “you’ll have to actively rein this one in”. Inside, it has all the “latest technologies, comfort settings, fragrances, and textiles that make it feel special without forcing them upon you”. The whole package clocks in at a hefty 1,895kg, every ounce of which glues itself to the road, says Georg Kacher in Car magazine. As the AMG SL tears from 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds, “the adaptive sports exhaust plays Godzilla vs Kong at every blip of the throttle”. It produces an impressive 590lbs of torque on the tarmac, more than enough to deliver a bite-sized adrenaline rush. And let’s not forget that it’s a convertible, blow-drying your hair on command.
No doubt, this is a heavy car, says Greg Kable in Autocar. And yet, despite packing in every luxury you could want, “it operates with the fluidity of movement and responsiveness to inputs of something much lighter and more Spartan”. The big increase in body stiffness, lower centre of gravity and networked suspension with four-wheel steering results in “sweetly struck handling and great athleticism”. Mercedes has yet to say how much it will cost, but expect to pay around £120,000. For your money, you will get the best SL in decades.
Subscribe to MoneyWeek
Subscribe to MoneyWeek today and get your first six magazine issues absolutely FREE
Price: £120,000 (estimated). Engine: V8, 3,982cc, twin- turbocharged. Torque: 590lb ft. Top speed: 195mph. 0-60mph: 3.6 seconds
Jasper is a former writer for the MoneyWeek and he wrote on an array of topics including travel, investing in crypto and bitcoin, as well as cars. Previous to that he freelanced at The Art Newspaper, PORT Magazine and The Spectator. Jasper is currently a freelance writer at FAD magazine and he has an English literature degree from the University of Exeter, and a Master's degree from UCL.
10 vinyl records worth up to £10,000 - is one in your collection?
News Vinyl is experiencing a resurgence and collectors will pay up to £10,000 for some albums - is it time to dust off your old records?
By Marc Shoffman Published
FCA: Banks are still short-changing savers
The latest FCA review finds that while public shaming has encouraged providers into offering better deals on savings, many of those with closed accounts are still being shortchanged.
By John Fitzsimons Published
Calilo – sustainable luxury on a Greek island: MoneyWeek Travel
MoneyWeek Travel Rupert Hargreaves visits Calilo, a resort on the Greek island of Ios, where sustainability and luxury live in harmony
By Rupert Hargreaves Published
England’s sparkling wine industry has potential for early investors
Global warming has changed the game for England’s sparkling wine industry – even growers in Champagne are planting in England. Brave investors might like to join the party early.
By Simon Wilson Last updated
Hotel Indigo Durham review: a delightful stay in Durham – MoneyWeek travel
MoneyWeek Travel During a stay at the Hotel Indigo Durham sees Matthew Partridge revisit his old student stomping grounds.
By Dr Matthew Partridge Published
The Brando, a Polynesian paradise – MoneyWeek travel
MoneyWeek Travel Sustainability meets the last word in luxury on Marlon Brando's island in French Polynesia, says Chris Carter
By Chris Carter Last updated
The 10 cheapest countries to travel to
Features Looking to get away but want to keep costs low? Check out these 10 holiday destinations which remain cheap despite rising inflation.
By Nicole García Mérida Published
A South African adventure
Reviews From buzzy Johannesburg to big game drives, South Africa has it all, says Katie Monk
By Katie Monk Published
Villa Gaia Rock: perfect harmony in Corfu
Reviews Blend in with your surroundings at the new Villa Gaia Rock in Corfu.
By Chris Carter Published
Indulge your wild side with a safari in deepest Kent
Reviews Get up close to the animals at Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve, says Matthew Partridge
By Dr Matthew Partridge Published