Mercedes reveals turbocharged AMG SL 43

The Mercedes-AMG SL has been given a new entry-level variant with a turbocharger that, according to the company, is directly derived from Formula 1.

The rear-wheel drive SL 43 is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine producing 375 hp and 480 Nm. The model also benefits from a 12hp boost from a 48V belt driven starter generator. The SL 43 is equipped as standard with an electric exhaust gas turbo, which according to Mercedes-Benz is a world first for a series-produced car.

The technology, which is the same as that used in Mercedes-AMG F1 cars, adds a 4 cm thick electric motor to the turbocharger. It drives the turbocharger directly, which the automaker claims “significantly improves instant response from idling and throughout the rev range.”

Mercedes-Benz says it offers the SL 43 a dynamic driving experience, optimizing acceleration and throttle. The technology helps the car accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and to a top speed of approximately 270 km/h. The SL 43 models are also equipped with a nine-speed AMG Speedshift multi-clutch transmission.

Mercedes-Benz comes with rounded front and rear aprons. A set of 19-inch alloy wheels is fitted as standard, with an option to replace them with 20-inch or 21-inch wheels instead.

Inside, standard equipment includes the company’s MBUX infotainment, various driver assistance systems, power seats with leatherette and gloss black interior trim with aluminum and carbon accents. Pricing has not yet been announced for the SL 43, but the model will be under the V8-powered SL 55 4Matic+, which produces 469 horsepower, and the 577 horsepower SL 63 4Matic+.


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