• This Retro Mercedes-Benz SL500 Speedster Sends All the Right 90s Vibes

The Mercedes-Benz SL500 gets a Photoshop makeover with a speedster twist

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Once one of the most recognizable Mercedes-Benz cars to roam the roads, the SL might not live for longer in the form we all know and love. Blame that on people having the hots for SUVs and crossovers but also on stricter emissions standards.

The Germans have already axed the range-topping V-12 Mercedes-AMG SL 65 as well as the SL 63, which was made redundant by the AMG GT convertible. So in these uncertain times for the roadster, it’s good to see one of its previous iterations being brought to life as a slammed speedster, albeit in the digital world.

Picture me rolling in my 500 Benz

Those words belong to Tupac Shakur, who owned and regularly drove an R129 Mercedes-Benz SL500. Why are we telling you this? Because the SL500 - and the SL itself - is not only a monument in the car world, but it also trickled down into various areas of street culture.

This Retro Mercedes-Benz SL500 Speedster Sends All the Right 90s Vibes
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The R129 SL came in 1989. The base version in the U.S. was the SL300 (228 horsepower, 3.0-liter inline-six), but to really mean business and turn heads, you had to go for the SL500 and its 5.0-liter, 326-horsepower V-8.

Of course, Mercedes-AMG wanted a piece of the SL and it got quite a few, including the rare and hardcore SL 73 AMG which packed the most powerful V-12 ever dropped inside a Mercedes when it hit the market in 1995: 7.3 liters, 518 horsepower, 750 Newton-meters of torque (553 pound-feet). A SL 70 AMG was also offered, along with the likes of SL 60 AMG and SL 55 AMG.

This Retro Mercedes-Benz SL500 Speedster Sends All the Right 90s Vibes
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History aside, let’s take a look at Jonsibal’s vision of a R129-gen SL500 turned speedster. Truth be told, we never thought such a contraption can look good but it does, even if that windscreen looks razor sharp and could easily be classified as a cold weapon.

Perhaps the artist overdid the wheel camber but that’s not something that’s necessarily bothering our eyes, not when the mean widebody kit gives the SL a mean, street thug look.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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