The 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL-Class roadsters will feature two of the latest suspension technologies from Tenneco’s Monroe Intelligent Suspension portfolio. The new models, which are the eighth generation of the 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.
CVSA2 technology has been developed for supercars and performance SUVs, to provide ride comfort in tough operating environments. The system 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 that monitors multiple data points, including steering wheel angle, vehicle speed, acceleration, and body displacement. The technology allows for a flexible tuning range between minimum and maximum damping levels, to optimise comfort, handling and stability.
The CVSA2/Kinetic suspension combines CVSA2 technology with an active roll-control system that reduces vehicle weight by eliminating the need for anti-roll bars. Together the systems enhance traction, steering response, brake balance and comfort, as well as front-lifting functionality for increased ground clearance in low-slung sports cars.
In addition to the new SL-Class, CVSA2 technology has been fitted across other Mercedes-AMG models, including the G-Class SUV and the AMG GT Black Series.