2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class: first details revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 6, 2010

As you may know already, Mercedes-Benz is working hard on the SL-Class replacement which will make its debut next year, as a 2012 model. This new car will use the same architecture as the E-Class but with a longer wheelbase in order to provide more space for the passengers and luggage.

Also, the new generation of the popular coupe-cabriolet will drop the diesel engine and will be powered only by petrol engines. The new SL will use a 3.5-liter V6 engine (SL350), the powerful V12 6.0-liter (SL600) but also a smaller V8 engine (4.6-liter twin turbo) which will replace the old V8 engine found on the current SL500.

These engines will be mated to company’s new nine-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the current seven-speed gearbox.

The AMG versions of the Sl-Class, the SL63 and SL65, the SL63 AMG will receive the new 5.5-liter V8 twin-turbo engine delivering over 560 hp while the SL65 AMG will stick to the current V12 engine delivering 630 hp. Both versions might receive the new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission found on the SLS AMG.

It’s not a secret anymore that Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new generation of the SLK. Well, this car will carry the new front grille found on the SLS AMG and the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS and it’s likely to make its world debut in March at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Regarding the engines, the new SL will receive both V6 and V8 powerplants, but also a fuel-efficient diesel V6 engine.

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