The 2022 Mercedes AMG SL 43 features an electric turbocharger
The 2022 Mercedes AMG SL 43, yup the convertible sports car’s lower-powered version, has become the world’s first series production car to sport an electric turbocharger.
The new system, called as the second-generation Riemen Starter Generatoren (RSG), is derived directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 car assuring instantaneous throttle response across the rev range.
The biggest gripe with any turbocharger is its low end lag. To address this issue, Mercedes says it has integrated an electric motor around 4 centimetre thin directly on to the turbocharger shaft between turbine and the compressor on its 2-litre, 4-cylinder engine.
Powered by a 48 V system, this motor can run to speeds up to 1,70,000 RPM, thereby offering high intake airflow to the engine even before the exhaust gases’ powered turbine reaches its threshold.
The electric motor of the 2022 Mercedes AMG SL 43, it is claimed, motor keeps spinning and generating high pressure even when the brakes are applied so that there’s more than adequate torque when the driver engages the throttle again.
The motor offers additional 14 HP peak power on demand on the SL 43 which puts out 381 HP at 6750 RPM and 480 Nm between 3250 RPM and 5000 RPM. It also acts as a mild-hybrid system offering other benefits including a gliding mode.
Comparing the performance of the new entry level SL 43 with the big-hearted SL 55 and SL 63, Mercedes say the SL 43 is 20 km/hr slower than the SL 55 at its max top speed of 275 km/hr and a second slower to the ton, taking 4.9 seconds, despite sporting an engine that’s just half the displacement of the latter.
Coming to the other aspects, the SL 43 carries forward the design and architecture from SL 55 and 63, offering a 2+2 seating layout with space for people up to 150 cm tall.
The body shell that weighs just over 270 kg has a transverse rigidity 50 percent higher than the AMG GT Roadster. For improving aerodynamics, the SL has horizontal louvres behind the upper air intake and a retractable rear spoiler that changes its position to reduce drag.