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 |  Dec 26 2012, 3:50 PM

According to leaked photos, Porsche has applied for a patent on the 918 Spyder in China, revealing the first visuals of the production model.

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 |  Feb 23 2012, 7:30 AM

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A radical Mercedes-Benz SLS patent filing has leaked, illustrating a four-door variant of AMG’s stand-alone halo car.

The standard SLS AMG coupe was followed up with a SLS roadster while an AMG Black Series is expected for 2013. The natural progression for the SLS trim line-up would be a Black Series roadster, but Mercedes-Benz seems to have something else in mind.

According to the illustrations, the supercar will retain its signature gullwing doors but will also offer a stretched wheelbase making room for two additional suicide doors to access rear seating. The doors-open illustration also reveals the absence of a B-pillar as well as an interesting second COMAND multi-function center console splitting the two rear passengers inside.

When Mercedes-Benz officials were asked to comment on the leak, the question was dodged with a, “We won’t take the liberty of sharing comments for any potential future products.” Mercedes-Benz executives neither confirmed nor denied the leaked papers.

With a rear-hinged door layout not seen since the Mazda RX-8, a four-door SLS can really set itself apart from its competitors. As the standard SLS AMG coupe starts at $192,175, expect the four-door SLS to cost upwards of $200,000 if it ever makes it to production.

GALLERY: Four-Door Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Patent Filing

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