Leaked: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class photos

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 13, 2011

Although the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class will make its debut in January at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, it appears that someone found the official brochure of the car, as the first photos emerged on the web today. As you can see from the images, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL is inspired by the 2012 SLK but it appears that things don’t stop here, as the interior follows the same design line as the exterior.

We do know from Mercedes-Benz that the new SL will lose some weight, 140 kg or 308 pounds more exactly, comparing it with the current version. Regarding the engines, we expect to see a 3.5-liter V6 on the SL350, delivering around 306 hp and capable to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in around 5.4 seconds.

The SL500 is expected to receive the new 4.6-liter V8 delivering 408 hp and capable to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL will also keep its retractable hardtop, able to transform the vehicle from a coupe to a cabriolet in less than 20 seconds. More details to be revealed!

It was in 1952 when Mercedes-Benz first released a racing car that would start what would be the SL-Class. For those not familiar with this model, the SL stands for super light and for this sixth generation version, the brand will be bringing new life to this definition. This was made possible by systematically reducing the weight as for the first time, the brand will using a bodyshell made entirely of aluminum for a series production model.

Compared to a model that utilizes sheet made of steel, there is a 110-kilogram difference. Indeed, the SL500 for example, has a total weight of 1,785 kg, which is less by 125 kg when compared to the previous version. The SL350 is even lighter at 1,685 kg, that’s a reduction of 140 kg. For the SL350, this was made possible by the different enhanced details implemented in order to lower the weight. These details are in addition to the bodyshell in aluminum. Even with the reduction in weight, the new SL is fitted with more safety devices and offers even more comfort.

Additionally, despite weighing less, it is more rigid compared to the previous generation. This also makes it safer. This was achieved by implementing a systematic intelligent material combination of aluminum and aluminum alloy parts, specifically made to meet their respective needs and then combined with magnesium and high-strength steel. More than ever, this highly unique tradition when it comes to the SL is joining a new age not only with a refined and sporty design but also as an advanced trendsetter that delivers high utility value.

Initially, two engines will be offered for the new SL-Class. The SL350 will have the BlueDIRECT V6 engine with output at 225 kW (306 hp). Meanwhile, the SL500 will be fitted with the BlueDIRECT V8 engine having an output of 320 kW (435 hp), a 12% increase compared to the previous model. While all these figures are indeed impressive, they are not limited to the blueprints as they are in fact tangible and perceptible.

By increasing the width of the track at the front by 38 mm and with the rear axle lengthened by 77 mm, it offers agile and sporty handling which ensures the car is always under safe control. Both the lateral and longitudinal dynamics have been improved and these deliver excellent performance with emphasis on cornering. Those who get the chance to drive the new SL-Class will surely realize it has more agility than the prior model and this implies that it offers pleasure for those who prefer a more athletic orientation.

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