Listen to the V-8 Growl From These Mercedes-AMG SL 63 Test Mules at the Nürburgring

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Listen to the V-8 Growl From These Mercedes-AMG SL 63 Test Mules at the Nürburgring

We’ve been expecting a new SL roadster from Mercedes for a while now. The company first released pictures of a camouflaged prototype back in August 2020, and at the time confirmed the 2+2 droptop would be developed by AMG. Here are a couple of V-8-powered test mules ripping around the Nürburgring sporting less camo than ever.

The biggest change for this generation of SL is the switch from a folding hardtop to a lighter soft top, something the SL hasn’t had since 2001. No amount of camouflage will be able to hide that sort of change, so the top has gone uncovered for some time now—it’s an easy way to identify the car in videos like this.

The most interesting part about this clip from Automotive Mike on YouTube, though, is the sound. It’s clear these cars are sporting some type of V-8; likely a version of the M178 4.0-liter twin-turbo unit found in pretty much every AMG on sale right now. We worried Mercedes might be dropping V-8s altogether when it suspended production of the engine, which we learned recently was due to quality issues. In fact, Mercedes confirmed to us its V-8s would be sticking around for at least the next 10 years. So we have no doubt the new SL will get eight-cylinder power. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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