Mercedes-AMG wants the SL 43 to be the perfect car

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The Mercedes-AMG SL 43 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 381 horsepower in part, says Mercedes, thanks to technology it developed from the Formula 1 team. It comes in at least one fun color. Rear seats for children and golf bags only. It reaches 26 mpg. It has a retractable rear spoiler. Soft lid for less weight that takes 15 seconds to open or close. It has modern safety and driving assistance systems. It is rear wheel drive. You’ll have a hard time convincing me that this is nowhere near the perfect car.

However, the headline title for Mercedes is that thing it took from its Formula 1 team, which is Mercedes describes it like that:

An electric motor about four centimeters thick is integrated directly onto the turbocharger shaft between the turbine wheel on the exhaust side and the compressor wheel on the intake side. Electronically controlled, this drives the turbocharger shaft directly and thus speeds up the compressor wheel before the exhaust gas stream conventionally begins to drive it.

This greatly improves the immediate response from idle speed and across the entire engine speed range. The combustion engine responds more automatically to throttle input, while the overall driving experience is more dynamic. In addition, electrification of the turbocharger allows for higher torque at low revs. This also increases agility and improves acceleration from a standstill. Even when the driver takes their foot off the gas pedal or applies the brakes, the electric turbocharger technology is able to maintain boost pressure at all times. This ensures that the immediate response is continuous.

That’s a lot of words to say there’s more instant power, but that’s the Mercedes way. The engine sends all this power through a nine-speed multi-clutch transmission, which also has an operating mode It can go from zero to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds. This is far from the fastest in the world, but it is fast without being uncomfortable.

The configuration is 2+2, but Mercedes is, very endearingly, up front about the fact that the rear seats are useless for adults.

Rear seats increase everyday practicality and provide space for people up to 1.50 m in height (up to 1.35 m with a child seat). If no additional seats are required, an insertable air intake stand behind the rear seats can protect front seat occupants from drafts on the back of their necks. Or the second row of seats can be used as extra storage space and a golf bag, for example.

Note: One and a half meters is a little less than five feet. Now we must turn our attention to the spoiler, which, frankly, is a little extra, although the Mercedes version has convinced me that it has some practical benefits.

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… the retractable rear spoiler seamlessly integrated into the vehicle’s profile. It changes its position depending on the driving condition. When doing this, the control software takes into account many parameters: it takes into account the driving speed, longitudinal and lateral acceleration and steering speed in the calculation. The spoiler assumes five different angle settings from 80 km/h to either improve handling stability or reduce drag.

The optional Mercedes-AMG SL 43 Aerodynamics package includes larger front and rear bumper intakes and a larger rear diffuser. This improves both downforce and aerodynamic drag even further. Also contributing to this are the revised velocity thresholds for the rear wing and the steeper angle of attack of 26.5° (instead of 22°) in Dynamic mode.

Meanwhile, Mercedes says the soft-top saves about 46 pounds in weight, and that the brake disc and disc brake bowl are “now connected with special bolts.” There are six different driving modes, including one called RACE, as well as your typical Sport and SPORT+ modes. There’s a trim called the AMG Night Package, which does more things on the black exterior. There’s another trim called the AMG Night Package II that makes more things black.

Mercedes says the car’s gross weight is a hair under 4,000 pounds, which is a shade heavy for a car like this but lightens all that horsepower. Mercedes didn’t provide prices and didn’t say where this car was sold, but I think the answer is “Not America” ​​because that would be too good to be true. Move over the GR Corolla. Give me a Mercedes-AMG SL 43 instead.

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