The next-generation Mercedes-Benz SL prototype has been caught testing at the Nurburgring sporting some clunky black camouflage. Thankfully, we were able to see the LED headlights and the usual hard top. At first glance, the next-generation SL-Class seems to look exactly like the current model, but, upon closer inspection, we noticed that this particular SL sits a little lower and a little wider than its current model. Mercedes has also been able to reduce the car’s current body weight of 1750-2050kg by using an aluminum chassis enhancing the vehicle’s fuel economy and driving performance.

This luxury roadster will have a 5.5L V8 engine mated to a seven speed automatic transmission producing 387hp with a possibility of carrying a 4.0L twin turbo engine as well. If the current trends are any indication, the next generation Mercedes SL-Class will also sport a hybrid powertrain. Interior options are still anyone’s guess, but we expect minimal changes in that department.

Expect the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class to start sales somewhere the third quarter of 2012.

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Source: PistonSpy

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8 comments:

  (683) posted on 03.22.2011

Well, the top and the bonnet look so unusual for me. What’s the reason behind making that design for the bonnet its somewhat exaggerated IMO.

  (808) posted on 11.15.2010

i hope they meant what they said when they declared the Horsepower war over and are adding lightness instead of power. the SLS is less powerful than the SLR but just as quick because it weighs less.

  (808) posted on 11.15.2010

I have heard the big AMG (equivalent to SL65) will have about 710 Horse power

  (442) posted on 04.28.2010

I do hope they keep the 65 AMG V12! 617hp and 738 lb.-ft make for an epic power plant. And the new SL’s lighter weight should allow it to finally live up to its performance potential (providing they can get the tires to hook up).

  (807) posted on 04.27.2010

Using Hybrid? That’s really stunning! Am thinking What will happen after these sports cars going hybrid!

  (798) posted on 04.27.2010

I do hope they keep the 65 AMG V12! 617hp and 738 lb.-ft make for an epic power plant. And the new SL’s lighter weight should allow it to finally live up to its performance potential (providing they can get the tires to hook up).

  (379) posted on 04.26.2010

Well it’s not a secret anymore, SL-Class was already seen in different magazines and image search in different search engines.

  (321) posted on 04.25.2010

there is no word for the top speed, it also look as the SLS but much bolder and bigger.

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