The new Mercedes-Benz “300 SL” (super-light) sport car model will undergo public road trials for the first time this week. We are therefore delighted to enclose the technical data for this vehicle, together with a photo.”
THE ABOVE was sent to the world’s motoring media on March 12, 1952, by the company then known as Daimler-Benz AG to announce nothing less than (what the company believed) would be a global sensation: the first public appearance of the iconic original racing sports car, the 300 SL.
Today, almost 70 years later, the now eighth generation of the new SL is about to enter the home stretch of its development. While the public road trials of the original Mercedes-Benz 300 SL took place on the German autobahns, today’s Mercedes-AMG engineers do their test driving on a closed proving ground in snowy Sweden.Image: Supplied
“Although a large portion of development work on the new 2+2 seater SL Roadster took place in digital form,” Mercedes said, ”a certain amount of analogue development driving remains essential. Final tuning of the fully variable 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive, for instance (now offered for the first time in the SL) is done in wintry regions.”
The automaker says the redesigned soft top must also prove itself in the harsh conditions near the Arctic Circle. ”The handling dynamics of this iconic Roadster,” Mercedes said, will debut later in 2021 on the North Loop of the Nürburgring, amongst other places.
‘TRUE TO HISTORY’
”Specialists from Mercedes-AMG will ensure, on the world’s most challenging racing circuit, that this latest iteration of the SL draws more than ever on its sporting roots.
”The new Roadster will be available as model variants exclusively under the Mercedes-AMG name and remain true to virtues other than its long history. With its unique design, exclusivity, and exceptional levels of quality and luxury, this new interpretation of the icon will continue the success story that began in 1952.”