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With a new 429-horsepower twin-turbo V8 and a 308 lb weight reduction, the Mercedes-Benz SL finally has the looks to match its epic grunt, as these official pictures show.
Borrowing cues from the Mercedes-Benz SLS, the new SL will serve as the softer, but still very quick sports coupe in the Benz lineup, while deploying new technologies like Magic Vision Control (a novel new windshield wiper system) and a composite aluminum body structure.
Gallery: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL
Mercedes-Benz has been teasing us with camouflaged pics of the 2013 SL-model for the last few weeks, telling us about its nearly all-aluminum structure, and if they could have had it their way, would have revealed their latest convertible model at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, in January.
What you are looking at here are the first leaked images of the 2013 SL-series, and these seem to be scanned from its official brochure.
While there are no shortages of hoaxes on the net, these pics do seem to be the real deal, and gives us the first, unobstructed view of the sixth-generation model of the much-loved SL-class.
While the full technical details are not available at the moment, but we can tell you that this new model will be 308 lbs. lighter than the out going model, and will most likely be offered with the new 4.6-liter, twin-turbo V8 motor found in other new, big Benzes. This engine produces 429-hp and 516 lb/ft of torque. Power will be sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed automatic gearbox.
Styling-wise the new SL-series looks very similar to the new SLK-series from the front, and also quite similar to the outgoing model from the rear. The interior looks similar to the SLS, which is not a bad thing.
If you want to park one of these new SL-models in your garage, you’ll have to wait at least until the middle of next year, so for now, enjoy these (leaked) pics.
Mercedes-Benz promises that we’ll see the next-generation SL in all its glory before the year is over, and more details have been released as they work towards their goal. The revamped SL roadster will feature a body shell made of 89-percent aluminum, making it almost 310-lbs lighter than its predecessor.
In addition to the lightweight body, the new SL will also feature Magic Vision Control, a new intelligent, high-efficiency windscreen wiper/washer system. The system channels water to the windscreen just in front of the wiper blade lip in the direction the wiper is moving. The result will probably be something revolutionary when we witness it in person; we’ll no longer have to see water splashing on the windshield while it cleans itself.
Mercedes will also be utilizing the free spaces in the aluminum structures in front of the footwell as resonance spaces for bass loudspeakers, giving the new SL a unique FrontBass system. The result will give the SL a concert hall ambience even with the top down.
The aluminum body won’t just be lighter, it’ll also be safer and more rigid. Mercedes employed different processes to make different various types of aluminum based on what the component’s function would be. In a complete breakdown, the body shell features 44-percent cast aluminum, 17-percent aluminum sections, 28-percent aluminum sheet metal, 8-percent steel and 3-percent of other materials. Mercedes also addressed the potential sound issues of aluminum with plenty of consistent sound insulation.
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes SL Concept