• Jan 22, 2008
click above for 34 more high-res pics of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL

We don't know who is to blame for leaking these scrumdidlyumptious images of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL, but we're glad they did. These 34 high-res images give us a sneak peek at what Mercedes has in store for its hard-top convertible, which includes among other things an entirely new front end. The new face on the SL incorporates headlights with a more modern shape. The new eyes flank a grille with just one crossbar that's punctuated by s solid medallion bearing the iconic three-pointed star logo. New fender vents have also been added, the design of which has been aped from the more hyperbolic vents found on the McLaren SLR, but we actually like these understated gills more. A new rear apron can also be seen out back where the SL's buttocks has been freshened, as well.

Inside we see the new three-spoke steering wheel and white gauges that Mercedes showed us in the updated CLS last week. The center console has also been updated and an oversized screen for the nav system sits front and center. We also noticed something strange on the back of the headrests: a pair of fans appear to be embedded in each. What are they for, extra thrust? We don't know and likely won't until Mercedes releases official information on the new SL.

Since these 34 images didn't come packaged with an official press release, we can't tell you what's new under the skin of the SL, either. We can say that the SL55 AMG model is due to be replaced by the SL63 bearing the brand's monster 500+ hp, 6.3L V8. There also seems to be a new V6 of some sort in the works based on the number of pics referencing such a motor in the gallery below. We'll have more information once Mercedes gets officially official about the new SL, but until then enjoy the prerelease pics.

UPDATE: At least one new V6 engine in the SL range is probably the 3.0L V6 that debuted in the new CLS 280 with 231 HP and 221 ft.-lb. of torque, which should provide the big 'vert with decent performance and above average fuel economy.

[Source: autozeitung.de]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Could those fans on the back of the headrests be part of the "air-scarf" system, which i believe is already an option for the current SL
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like they tacked on things to make it look like the 1954 300sl. Case in point the protruding emblem and shape of the grill, the lines on the hood especially, the gills on the side. It makes sense but the execution is arguable. I am personally getting tired of retro even if it is based on a beautiful car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        A very heavy-handed attempt to update what was the best looking car around in 1989. The retro flourishes are out of place on this design.
      • 7 Years Ago
      those strange things are neck warmers
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like. Its 100x better than the previous version. Good job MB.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not impressive. The current SL's shape is so classic, iconic, and near perfect it is undoubtably difficult to update but this is just a mistake. This update of the headlights, the new 2 dimensional tri-star, and jap-tuner-crowd bumper cheapen the look of what is, essentially, an expensive object of desire, not necessarily just basic transport. The new C-class is beautiful but gets quite gaudy in its C63 guise. Mercedes, you have a lengthy history of beautiful cars to live up to and, while not offensive, this new redesign does the SL line no justice. If you guys are truly at a loss, then just copy the exact shape of your 1950's SL 300 and underpin it with a modern susp, engine, crash structure, etc and then youd have something truly beautiful and desireable. There is a reason that that car commands 300k USD and up this very day!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      MB needs to upgrade the rear in order to match the front.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow..the headlights are hideous..and i dont see much styling changes behind the gills..I can design something better than this for sure. and make some on the lines of the CL series.or give it triangular headlamps.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone else see a resemblance between these headrests and a certain Steven Spielberg extraterrestrial movie creature?

      http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2009-mercedes-benz-sl/600858/
      • 7 Years Ago
      It says SL350 on one of the pictures.

      No way they are putting the '280' engine into this thing for North America, has to be the '350' (but not a 350 :p ) as in the C350. Car is too heavy and too prestigious for a weak engine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not liking this at all. My neighbor has a silver SL500 and it's a sexy car. The nose on this looks like someithing Hyundai/Kia would do.

      A big swing and a big miss.
      • 7 Years Ago
      my neighbor works at MB and she has been driving this around for the past 3 months.

      Looks much better in person.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'm not feeling the exterior desing. how about something new MB?
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