• Jan 19, 2009
Click above to see the Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA concept in high-resolution

Small countries with fledgling economies are prone, upon occasion, to scrap their currency and start over again. Inflation rises, their currency is devalued, so they simply press the "reset" button. And looking at the history of the Mercedes-Benz roadster, we wonder if they haven't been doing the same thing. First came the original SL – "sporty" and "light weight" – which by now has swelled to massive proportions and SUV-rivaling weight. So Mercedes introduced the SLK, a smaller version with the added K for "kurtz" or "short". But as the SLK has by now grown at least as big as the original SL, officials have been mulling over the idea of making an even smaller roadster.

Actually, they've been mulling it over for nearly a decade. Mercedes unveiled their Vision SLA concept way back in 2000, and they've been toying with the idea ever since. But new post-Detroit Auto Show reports suggest that the long-rumored SLA-like droptop is alive and well, and may finally come to market as a response to growing demand for smaller, more efficient vehicles. Although the current A and B-Class platform utilizes novel sandwich underbody construction that would preclude use in a short roadster, the next generation of Mercedes front-drive compacts is expected to forgo the unusual configuration in favor of a more conventional front-engine/front-wheel-drive set-up. Even a small-displacement AMG version could be in the cards. Sources continue to suggest we could see a production SLA slot under the SLK by 2012, just in time to face off with BMW's rumored 1 Series-based roadster.


[Source: Drive.com.au]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      WTF?
      • 6 Years Ago
      please never show those pictures again. i think my eyes started to bleed a little bit after seeing this thing
      • 6 Years Ago
      ok but don't let it look like that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, that looks like a miata with a body kit. Probably someone from http://www.anonboard.com thats their dream car. Not anyone normal though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This will be the perfect car to replace my 2008 Sky Redline.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks a lot like something SMART would produce, not MB. Now the rumoured SLC... That's what gets people talking!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where's its face?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do not build this car if it is FWD. If you can get a light weight, fun to drive miata and an S2000 with RWD, why can't Mercedes do it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this is the best they can do with all the money thay pilaged from Chrysler, give them their money back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It should be the eject button rather than the reset button
      • 5 Years Ago
      I happen to like this design. It's very edgy and a new twist of a design. Also, I take personal offense that *ANYONE* would remotely think BMW had the remote chance of overtaking Mercedes. When they stop building garbage, and try to turn out a quality car that doesn't break down from it's electronics, *then* I'll think about giving them any respect whatsoever.
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