Hot new SL caught in winter testing; set to follow soon after the launch of the standard car
4 January 2011

Performance fans won’t have to wait long to get the hot version of Mercedes’ next SL, judging from these spy shots of the car taken during winter tests.

Performance division AMG has recently been shortening the delay between the arrivals of regular Mercs and its high-performance variants.

See the spy pics of the Mercedes SL AMG in testing

The fact that a rapid SL is testing already - more than a year before the normal SL will make it to market - would indicate that it’s planning an even more rapid turnaround for the folding hard-top convertible.

The next SL AMG is likely to get the more potent of the firm’s V8 motors - a version of the twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre unit from the CL63 and CLS63 -instead of the normally aspirated powerplant that’s expected to feature in the forthcoming next-gen SLK55 AMG.

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