Ten months after Mercedes revealed the new AMG SL-Class and seven months after we drove it, the Germans shared how much it will cost buyers to enjoy the return of the doctor’s favorite tanning booth. Our market ignores the global entry-level AMG SL 43 and is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid. The local menu starts with the AMG SL 55 which starts at $ 137,400. Adding the $ 1,050 destination fare brings things to $ 138,450 ahead of the standard Touring trim options. On this, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 delivers 469 horsepower and 516 foot-pounds of torque on both axles, and the feature set includes active LED headlights, a surround camera, and a Burmester sound system.
On top of that comes the AMG SL 63, starting at $ 179,150 after the destination for the Touring trim. The V8 itself sits up front, emitting 577 horsepower and 590 lb-ft here. Compared to the SL 55’s 3.8 sprint at 60 mph and a top speed of 183 mph, the SL 63 only needs 3.5 for the dash and burns out at 300 mph. In addition to the goodies that come with the SL 55, the SL 63 comes standard with enhanced video for navigation, the AMG Track Pace app, the AMG Dynamic Plus package with electronic limited slip differential and yellow brake calipers and replaces the SL 55 steel suspension for adaptive AMG Active Ride Control with ride stabilization.
You need to switch to Performance Trim to get more content, package details depend on the model; two of its three features – Active Ride Control and Dynamic Plus – are standard on the SL 63. The only benefit we see at the moment is the front axle lift system, which really makes it a Performance Trim only for the SL 55 , and more of a convenience package for the SL 63. Mercedes has not yet announced the price for the Performance Trim.
The SL hiatus and reset took the roadster to a higher level on the MSRP scale than previous models and the AMG GT Roadster, landing the new one among the competition before similar options are considered. The previous non-AMG SL 550 cost $ 115,800 for its 449 hp and 516 lb-ft, about $ 23,000 less than the revamped SL 55. The 2022 BMW M850i xDrive Competition delivers 523 horsepower but takes the same time at 60 mph of the SL 55, and starts at $ 113,095. The 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet produces 443 horsepower, hits 60 in 3.6 seconds, and starts at $ 144,550.
The 2019 SL 63 starts at $ 155,500 for its 5.5-liter V8 that produces 577 horsepower and 664 lb-ft, a deficit of about $ 24,000 over the new SL 63. The 2022 M8 Convertible produces 617 horsepower, employs 3.1 seconds to get to 60 and starts at $ 144,695. The 2022 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet uses its 572 horsepower to hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and starts at $ 197,150.