Mercedes-Benz has made it known that the upcoming generation of the SL roadster is nearing completion. The luxury automaker has even begun to release details and specs on the model, along with camouflage photos.
Some new photographs have recently turned up, this time without the disguise. One day after a couple grainy black-and-white brochure shots of the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL leaked out early, a massive stash of official shots has hit the web via GermanCarForum.com.
Mercedes-Benz has made a host of changes to exterior of the SL and does look like an evolved version of its predecessor. That said, the car looks inspired from its smaller SLK sibling and the SLS AMG supercar. Note the upright grille, the shape of the light clusters and the overall boxier sheet metal.
Technical upgrades have been included for the 2013 SL, featuring its new engine line-up and new windshield cleaning technology, while some design notes have remained with elements like the retractable hard top.
As Mercedes has released, 89% the body is constructed of aluminum, making the SL 308 lbs. lighter than the 2012 version, although Benz kept steel in the A-pillars and opted for lighter magnesium at the rear.
Since photos are already out, Mercedes may give up more on the car before it’s scheduled release in January’s Detroit Motor Show.
Also see – 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Revealed
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