Mercedes says lush new AMG SL-Class interior has Gullwing-era cues

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the “dimensional concept” interior of its upcoming SL-Class roadster, which takes up the design of the original SL300 gullwing and revived the 2 + 2 seat arrangement last offered in the SLC in the 1980s.
The word Mercedes uses to describe the cabin is "hyperanalog", which means "a mixture of analog geometry and a digital world". Given the number of screens and capacitive controls visible in these photos, we're not sure we'd get the word "analog" anywhere near this design, but it's definitely pretty.
"The interior of the new Mercedes-AMG SL spoils the driver and passengers with noble luxury," says Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “The interior of the new SL combines the highest levels of comfort and quality, coupled with the right amount of sportiness. The high-quality combination of the analog world and the most modern digital equipment makes one thing clear: the new SL is the rebirth of an icon of the modern age. "
When viewed side by side, the similarities to the early SLs are pretty subtle. Aside from the turbine-style vents (which aren't unique to this particular cabin), the key element that both have in common is the lack of a roof. Mercedes says the center console and door panel were both incorporated into the design in such a way that they appear to flow out of the instrument panel. The headrests have been designed to be visually integrated into the concept's seats; the original 300 SL didn't have them at all, so that's a very subtle allusion of its own.
“The SL is an icon of the brand with the star: This roadster has stood for automotive fascination and longing for decades. A great opportunity and challenge for design, because every designer wants to create icons, ”says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of the Daimler Group. “The result is a revolutionary interior experience between digital and analog luxury. We have created the most iconic SL of all time - the luxury icon of the 2020s. "
The new SL does justice to the past in another way as well: it loses its foldable hardtop roof. As we learned from prototypes tested on public roads, the soft top is back.
The standard Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is to be unveiled shortly, and this sportier model should follow soon. We expect the base model to have a supercharged 3.0-liter straight-six with at least 400 horsepower, with an optional 4.0-liter V8 biturbo delivering more than 500 horsepower. With the new E-Performance drivetrains from AMG, there is a lot of power potential in the sporty SL.
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