Mercedes-AMG introduced the SL 43 four-cylinder mannequin over a yr in the past, nevertheless it wasn’t positive if this model can be bought within the U.S. or not. Right this moment, the reply to that query is formally a sure. The little-engine SL is coming right here, and it’s coming as a way more budget-conscious alternative than the V8-powered SL 55 and SL 63 variations of the convertible.
All of the in-depth particulars you would possibly wish to know could be present in our authentic SL 43 reveal publish linked above, however we’ll evaluation the highlights actual fast. The 43 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine — using AMG’s fancy electrical exhaust fuel turbocharger — that makes 375 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. That leaves it 94 horses down on the subsequent stage up, the 4.0-liter V8-powered SL 55. For reducing the engine measurement in half, that ain’t so dangerous! The SL 43 makes use of AMG’s multi-clutch nine-speed transmission and claims a 4.8-second 0-60 mph time, which is precisely 1.0 second slower than the SL 55. High velocity for the 43 is a decent 170 mph.
We are able to’t share curb weight figures but as a result of Mercedes hasn’t launched that info, nevertheless it’s protected to imagine the 43 drops a substantial quantity of poundage versus the V8-powered vehicles. It’ll require driving to know, however the lighter entrance finish of the SL 43 may make it a sneaky candidate for best-handling of the bunch. You possibly can even spec the elective AMG Trip Management suspension, which isn’t as fancy because the 63’s “Lively” AMG Trip Management setup, however nonetheless consists of subtle adaptive dampers which we completely beloved within the SL 55.
One other fascinating side of the SL 43 is that it’s being provided solely with rear-wheel drive, whereas each V8 fashions characteristic all-wheel drive commonplace. You’ll see that as both a plus or a minus relying in your use case, however we’re excited to see the way it transforms the convertible.
The 2023 SL 43’s value is an simple plus, because it begins at $111,050. From right here, the subsequent least expensive mannequin is the SL 55, which begins at $138,450, leaving a $27,400 gulf between the four-cylinder and the V8. Mercedes says the SL 43 will go on sale this summer season.