The 2024 Mercedes-AMG SL Hybrid Posts Supercar-Killer Numbers
A new SL hitting the streets? Not shocking; Mercedes-Benz has been rolling out striking two-seater SL sports cars for decades. However, Mercedes-AMG seems to be fully committed to demonstrating the merit of hybrid performance cars with its new E Performance model. The 2024 Mercedes-AMG SL 63 S E Performance is a far cry from the SL 55 AMGs of old.
The 2024 Mercedes-AMG SL 63 S E Performance breaks into four-digit torque territory
Mercedes-AMG’s latest drop-top SL model pairs a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 with a rear-mounted electric motor to produce over 1,000 lb-ft of torque.
|Biturbo 4.0L V8 with a hybrid electric motor
Alone, the twin-turbo V8 produces 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque, making it mightier than anything from the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 persuasion. However, with the addition of the 201-horsepower electric motor, the Mercedes-AMG SL 63 S E Performance (a mouthful, I know) bumps power output to 805.
It’s the most powerful factory Mercedes-Benz ever to wear an SL badge. Not just by a small margin, either. The previous SL 63 produces 577 horsepower, a long way from the latest electrified model.
How fast is the 2024 Mercedes-AMG SL 63 S E Performance?
Should the pilot launch it with care, the 2024 SL 63 S E Performance will race to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, per Mercedes-Benz Media. However, with power channeled through the Merc’s 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive (AWD) system, it isn’t beyond the realm of possibility that the SL 63 S E Performance will outrun the marque’s claims.
What’s more, Mercedes-AMG says the new drop-top hybrid will hit 196 mph until the electronic governor steps in to shut down your good time.
Unfortunately, a shiftable nine-speed automatic transmission is the closest you’ll come to grabbing a gear in the SL 63 S E Performance
The nine-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT automatic transmission is the model’s only gearbox option. As a result, fans won’t be able to grab a gear in their convertible sports car. Of course, this isn’t out-of-character for SL-badged vehicles.
Many of the SLs of yesteryear packed automatic transmissions rather than manual units. Even sans a third pedal, the SL 63 S E Performance will be an absolute cruise missile.