Back in 2008, we saw the first Coupetorino based on the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and honestly we were speechless and we did like the idea of a shooting brake variant of the well-known coupe-cabriolet. Due to the fact that Mercedes-Benz rolled off a new generation of the SL, Italian design house StudioTorino revealed the Coupetorino 2013, a shooting brake version of the new SL.
The new car was designed by six students - Michele Bavaro, Bruno Arena, Dario Pellegrino, Stefano Manini, Riccardo Luigi Cascone, Cristiano Zanot – in collaboration with Steffen Koehl from Global Advance Design Mercedes-Benz. The students made a 1:4 scale model of the vehicle but this is not just a simple design, as they had to take into account production costs.
Although we don’t have any details regarding the engine, we believe that the 4.6-liter V8 engine found on the SL550 would be the perfect choice as it delivers 429 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Using a 7-speed Driver-Adaptive automatic transmission, the SL550 is able to zoom from 0 to 96 km/h (60 mph) in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph or 250 km/h.
The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class now available is the sixth generation after the introduction of the 1952 racing car. In line with SL’s singular tradition, the new generation is heralding the new era as an athletic, refined connoisseur, and pioneering innovator with an extreme high practical value. Mercedes-Benz is going to initially offer the new SL with two engines: the SL350 with a V6 engine and the SL500 with a V8. The new BlueDIRECT engines can produce an output of 225 kW (306 hp) for the SL350 and 320 kW (435 hp) for the SL500 (12-percent more than its predecessor).
Additionally, the all-new Mercedes-Benz SL-Class brings brand new meaning to the famous "SL" abbreviation, for “super-light”, through methodical reduction in weight. This is the first time that Mercedes-Benz is employing an all-aluminium shell in a series manufacture. The newly conceived vehicle weighs about 110 kilograms lighter than an analogous bodyshell of sheet steel.
Even so, it is even sturdier, and safer, than its forerunner. Mercedes-Benz has accomplished this by using a systematically intelligent mix of materials, aluminium alloys, and aluminium components which are custom-made for each specific need, blended with just some small measures of high-strength steel and magnesium.
Even though the brand-new SL is that much more comfortable and is equipped with even more safety features on board than before, it does actually shave off some of the weight by having the aluminium bodyshell. The measurements reveal some interesting numbers: the new SL500 (1785 kg) weighs about 125 kg lighter than the prior model. In comparison, the SL350 (1685 kg) weighs 140 kg less. This is due to a range of other clever innovative details to lower weight that Mercedes-Benz has also employed in the new SL as well as the aluminium bodyshell.
And these figures do not just astonish as numbers on a page; they are very much appreciable and palpable in real life as well. The ensuing rise in longitudinal and lateral dynamics enables excellent performance with an intense love for taking corners.