BERLIN -- Mercedes-Benz has given its SL an AMG badge after upgrading the roadster with all-wheel drive, a stiffer body structure and powerful engines.
The new generation of the Porsche 911 fighter, unveiled on Thursday, is the first SL created by the brand's AMG performance division. It will be sold exclusively as a Mercedes-AMG model.
The Mercedes-AMG SL also gets a soft top roof, replacing the previous generation's hard top, and a 2+2 seating configuration.
The roadster is underpinned by Mercedes' lightweight composite aluminum Modular Sports Architecture. The torsional rigidity of the body shell structure increased by 18 percent and, together with the low center of gravity, the construction gives the car outstanding driving dynamics, Mercedes said in a statement.
The SL will be launched with the AMG's 4.0-liter V-8 twin-turbocharged engine with power outputs of 585 hp and 476 hp.
The 585-hp top model accelerates from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 315 kph (196 mph), Mercedes said. The two models are equipped with all-wheel drive technology as standard.
A hybrid drivetrain will be added later, the company said.