The much-anticipated 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL-Class of roadsters will feature two of the latest suspension technologies from Tenneco’s Monroe Intelligent Suspension portfolio.
The new models, representing the eighth generation of the iconic SL range, will be offered with Tenneco’s CVSA2 semi-active suspension or integrated CVSA2/Kinetic suspension. Both systems for the Mercedes-AMG models are now in production at Tenneco’s recently expanded ride performance manufacturing complex in Gliwice, Poland.
Developed for supercars and ultimate-performance SUVs, CVSA2 technology provides a superior ride experience in virtually all operating environments, according to Tenneco.
The system, which will be standard equipment on SL 43 and 55 models, comprises lightweight semi-active dampers equipped with two externally mounted electro-hydraulic valves that independently control rebound and compression. Each damper is continuously adjusted by software monitoring multiple data points, including steering wheel angle, vehicle speed, acceleration, and body displacement.
The technology allows for a highly flexible tuning range between minimum and maximum damping levels, enabling exceptional comfort, handling and stability.
Available as an option on the SL 55 but standard equipment on the range-topping SL 63, the CVSA2/Kinetic suspension combines all the benefits of CVSA2 technology with an innovative, active roll control system that reduces vehicle weight by eliminating the need for anti-roll bars.
Together the systems provide exceptional traction, steering response, brake balance and comfort as well as front lifting functionality for increased ground clearance, Tenneco claims.
“This has been an exciting project for our Advanced Suspension Technologies organisation,” said Henrik Johansson, vice president and general manager, advanced suspension technologies, Tenneco. “These impressive new models take the storied SL-Class to impressive new heights in terms of driving enjoyment.”
In addition to the new SL-Class, CVSA2 technology has enjoyed considerable recent success on Mercedes-AMG models, including the G-Class SUV and the AMG GT Black Series.