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AMG, the high-performance subsidiary for German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz, is poised to establish itself as a real player in the sports car industry by unveiling 17 new models and variants over the next four years.
Most noticeable of the upcoming models by AMG will be their SLC model which is slated to hit showrooms by 2014 with a roadster variant to come 18 months later. It is believed the SLC is a “baby SLS” but will still be powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine with 550 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque with an estimated price of $150,000 to $200,000.
In addition to the new models, AMG and Mercedes are working together for lightweight aluminum chassis and a new generation of powerplants for their models. The German automaker hopes to reduce the total number of platforms by sharing them across all segments. Their end goal is to have one platform for rear-wheel drive vehicles, one for compact front-wheel drive cars, and one for SUVs.
As for engines, AMG is currently working on a 2.0L, four-cylinder for the A-, CLC-, and GLC-Class models. They are hoping to squeeze out an impressive 340-hp out of the small powerplant. It is also rumored that AMG is working on a more powerful 4.0L V8, and a possible inline-six engine.
There are also rumors of an SLS successor floating around. A car that will pack plenty more carbon fiber than the current SLS AMG and will be powered by a 6.2L V8 with 650-hp. With the aid of plenty more carbon throughout the car and a new lightweight aluminum chassis, this successor could weight almost 600 lbs lighter than the current generation model. Now that would be a supercar.
And we are already well aware that AMG is working on a lightweight and Black Series variant of the SLS AMG. And upcoming is the new SL 63 AMG with a 571-hp V8, while the SL 65 AMG will see a 625-hp V12. Upcoming in the near future are AMG variants of the new S-Class and a V12-powered G-Class.
[Source: GT Spirit]
Mercedes-Benz‘s all new 2013 SL looks extremely impressive, but up until now we’ve only been treated to a collection of photos and a wall of specifications. Now the German luxury car manufacturer has made our day by releasing a trio of videos showcasing their new SL-Class which is set to have its official unveiling at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.
Now sitting an impressive 300-lbs lighter than its predecessor, the new SL will sport a 4.6L V8 powerplant with 429-hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Each video highlights the newly developed technology in the 2013 SL, ensuring that we’re all well aware that it’s sporty and light while packing an all-new aluminum body.
And besides, the new SL Roadster looks absolutely gorgeous in motion. Go treat yourself to the trio of videos showcasing the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL after the break.
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
Mercedes-Benz has quietly dropped the V12 variants from its SL-Class model lineup, leaving the SL600 and SL65 AMG nowhere to be found. This may mean that significant changes could be coming to the SL-class lineup for its 2013 refresh, as Mercedes did confirm that the phasing out of its top models is in anticipation for the SL’s next generation.
The SL600 was powered by a 5.5L V-12 powerplant with 510-hp and 610 lb-ft of torque and was dropped from the 2011 SL-class lineup. For 2012, the SL65 AMG is now noticeably missing, taking away the 604-hp and 740 lb-ft of torque from a twin-turbocharged 6.0L V12. Though there could be several reasons on the removal of the V-12 models from the SL-class lineup, one obvious one would be the pricing and performance offered by the SLS AMG.
While the SL lineup has yet to get Mercedes’ new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8, that engine will likely spell the end of the twin-turbo V12, producing 518-hp and 516 lb-ft of torque in the E63 AMG and an incredible 550-hp and 590 lb-ft of torque with an AMG Performance Package.
In some respects the next generation Mercedes-Benz SL will be heading back to its roots, shedding up to 440 lbs in weight, thanks to extensive use of aluminum in the car’s body structure instead of high-strength steel employed on the current model.
Other changes will included moving production of the car car to Mercedes’ main plant in Sindefingen, where it will be built alongside the upcoming SLC (the first time both models will have been assembled there since 1981).
The seventh generation SL will remain roughly the same size, with evolutionary styling, but will ride on a slightly longer wheelbase, mostly to improve interior space and packaging. Features will include Mercedes’ Magic Sky Control roof panel, which electronically adjusts the amount of tint to combat UV rays, simply by pressing a button.
In terms of engines, a 302 horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 and a 429 hp twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 are likely on the cards, as is a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-12, said to produce around 630 hp. The latter will incorporate cylinder shutdown at part throttle in an effort to improve fuel economy.
There will also be a twin-turbocharged 536 hp V-8 powered AMG version at some point, but with the V-12, this seems perhaps a tad superfluous.
The new SL, internally coded R231 is scheduled to go on sale in European markets, sometime early next year, with North American deliveries commencing sometime after that.
Several finishing touches were done to the widebody SL, including match-painting the front grille and highlighting the intake valve covers in McLaren Orange to match the bright calipers. Carbonio then came through with a carbon fiber intake and engine cover while Status Racing harnesses will complement the interior modifications.
And of course the biggest highlight to the entire project is a set of iForged concave carbon fiber wheels. Before the built the car did have a 12.5-inch wide setup in the rear, but they were swapped out for an even wider pair of 14-inch wheels.
GALLERY: iForged Misha Designs Widebody Mercedes-Benz SL
[Source: Vincent Wong]
Mercedes-Benz will replace its current Active Body Control with a new system to improve ride and handling, under the name “Magic Body Control”. The system is based on a 20 year old technology that originated in high-level auto racing, until it was banned for being too potent.
“It had its first try back at the start of the 1990s with the Sauber Mercedes team of the World Sports car Championship Group C and a young driver named Michael Schumacher,” said Mercedes Vice President Hans Multhaupt. Using special bushings and hydraulic technology, the MBC system, co-developed with ZF, will eliminate up to 80 percent of the typical Noise, Vibration and Harshness seen on large cars.
The system is expected to debut around 2013, in time for the next generation S-Class and SL-Class cars.
[Source: Inside Line]
Several years ago D.A.D took center stage at the Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan and the SEMA in Show North America by showing off their crystal-encrusted Mercedes-Benz SL. For TAS 2010, D.A.D added another SL to their collection sporting a gold theme rather than the bright white crystal theme we’ve come to love feel nauseous about over the years Impressively enough, D.A.D also had a DVD playing, which showed the gaudy Mercedes prowling various streets around the world.