The swoopy Mercedes-AMG SL roadster is getting a Formula 1-inspired entry variant in the U.S. with a new engine and rear-wheel drive.
The 2023 Mercedes-AMG SL 43 arrives in U.S. dealerships this summer and starts at $111,050, including shipping.
An AMG-enhanced 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine powers the open-top 2+2 seater, delivering 375 hp and a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds.
An entry-level, rear-wheel-drive SL could broaden the reach of the iconic but low-volume nameplate. But it remains to be seen if SL buyers, willing to pay a hefty premium for V-8 performance, will warm to four cylinders.
The SL is a flagship model in North America, AutoPacific President Ed Kim said. Whether the new SL moves the needle on sales, Kim said, "comes down to performance and sound."