The Mercedes-AMG SL 43 features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that produces 381 horsepower, thanks in part, according to Mercedes, to technology developed by its Formula 1 team. It comes in at least one color fun. It has rear seats that are only for children and golf bags. It goes up 26 mpg. It has a retractable rear wing. It has a soft top for less weight that takes 15 seconds to open or close. It has modern safety and driver assistance systems. It’s rear-wheel drive. You’ll have a hard time convincing me that this isn’t close to the perfect car.
The title, for Mercedes, however, is what it took from its Formula 1 team, which Mercedes described like this:
An electric motor approximately four centimeters thick is integrated directly on the shaft of the turbocharger between the turbine wheel on the exhaust side and the compressor wheel on the inlet side. Electronically controlled, this directly drives the turbocharger shaft and thus accelerates the compressor wheel before the flow of exhaust gas begins to drive it conventionally.
This dramatically improves immediate response from idle and throughout the engine’s rpm range. The combustion engine responds even more spontaneously to pressure from the accelerator pedal, while the overall driving experience is more dynamic. In addition, the electrification of the turbocharger makes it possible to increase the torque at low revs. It also increases agility and optimizes acceleration from a standstill. Even when the driver takes their foot off the accelerator or applies the brakes, the electric turbocharger technology is able to maintain boost pressure at all times. This guarantees a continuous immediate response.
That’s a lot of words to say there’s more immediate power, but that’s the Mercedes way. The engine sends all that power through a nine-speed multi-clutch transmission, which also has a launch mode and can go from zero to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds. It’s far from the fastest in the world, but it’s fast without being uncomfortable.
The layout is 2+2, but Mercedes, endearingly enough, is upfront that the rear seats are unnecessary for adults.
The rear seats increase everyday practicality and offer space for people up to 1.50 meters tall (up to 1.35 meters with a child seat). If the additional seats are not required, a wind deflector that can be inserted behind the rear seats can protect the occupants of the front seats from drafts on the neck. Or the second row of seats can be used as additional storage space and accommodate a golf bag, for example.
Note: One and a half meters is just under five feet. Now is where we need to turn our attention to the spoiler, which frankly is a little extra, although Mercedes’ release has convinced me that it has a practical use.
…the retractable rear spoiler perfectly integrated into the profile of the vehicle. It changes its position according to the driving state. In doing so, the control software takes many parameters into account: It takes driving speed, longitudinal and lateral acceleration and steering speed into account in the calculation. The spoiler assumes five different angle settings from 80 km/h to optimize driving stability or reduce drag.
The optional aerodynamic package for the Mercedes-AMG SL 43 includes larger flics on the front and rear bumpers and a larger rear diffuser. This further improves downforce and aerodynamic drag. The rear spoiler’s modified speed thresholds and its steeper angle of attack of 26.5 degrees (instead of 22 degrees) in the Dynamic position also contribute to this.
Meanwhile, Mercedes says the soft top saves about 46 pounds of weight and the brake disc and brake disc pot “are now connected to special pins.” There are six different riding modes, including one called RACE, in addition to your typical SPORT and SPORT+. There is a trim called AMG Night Package, which makes more things on the exterior black. There is another version called AMG Night Package II which makes things even more black.
Mercedes says the car’s overall curb weight is a hair under 4,000 pounds, which is a bit heavy for a car like this, but mitigated by all that power. Mercedes didn’t give a price or say where this car will be sold, but I guess the answer is “not America” because that would be too good to be true. Pass on the GR Corolle. Give me a Mercedes-AMG SL 43 instead.