Actually, the official name is Mercedes-AMG SL since the automaker’s tuner division is responsible for the new model. The back-to-its-roots SL no longer comes with a retractable hardtop, but like earlier SL models it has a folding soft top. Also returning is the 2+2 seating arrangement, so the SL loses its long-standing roadster status. The all-wheel-drive SL 55 gets a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 worth 469 horsepower, while the more potent SL 63 gets a 577-horsepower version. Both are connected to nine-speed automatic transmissions.

With the addition of a small rear seat, the Mercedes-AMG SL is bound to find more customers. PHOTO: MERCEDES-BENZ

The Mercedes-Benz SL sportscar is back for 2022, but it’s a four-seater: