• Jan 28, 2009
The Mercedes-Benz SL range is growing. For years just a solitary model, the mainstay roadster has since spawned the smaller SLK, the fixed-roof Black Series and the McLaren SLR (in its many iterations). Slated to be replaced by the SLC supercar and supplemented by a new baby SLA, new reports indicate that with the next SLK on its way, a compact roadster could gain a gullwing hybrid variant as well.
While the two elements would seem unrelated, Mercedes engineers are reportedly set on using the classic SL door configuration as a space-saving, access-enabling solution. The battery packs for the electric motors are earmarked to sit in the door sills, leaving reduced space for entry and exit that could be alleviated by the use of the top-hinged gullwing doors that appeared on the original 300SL – the very same door type that is earmarked to appear on the new range-topping SLC.

The hybrid propulsion system – based on that of the Concept BlueZero E-Cell unveiled earlier this month in Detroit – will reportedly be supplemented by a gasoline-burning V6, an F1-derived kinetic braking system and start-stop engine management. Word is that the combination should be good for AMG levels of performance while returning exemplary gas mileage and low emissions. The next-generation SLK, which could itself include a folding glass roof mechanism, is expected to arrive by 2011, with the hybrid gullwing model following the year thereafter.

[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like a great car, but the rear end in that picture is very Toyota Camry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If only the actual car would look as good as that render. :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dont know why we love them so much, but I am with you. Awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      gullwings are where it's at... make everything it's attached to "sport"

      if a prius had gullwings, it would be classified as sports car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ooh looks good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Build it! The front and rear lights do look like off-the-shelf Toyota parts, but I love the overall look. There's plenty of time to change the light design. If priced right, they will sell a lot of gullwing SLK's. I'm a guy - not usually attracted to SLK's - but the design and gullwing doors are a major selling point. I would buy this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn, that's a cool looking concept. I say build it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes! Somebody with a balls! :)
      (I hoped reincarnated Ford GT could get these. I know doors are kinda GT40's trademark or part of heritage, but still I think they would suit the car perfectly.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn...that looks sexy. If MB put out a hybrid car like this and not its ugly A/B class cars they'd have no problem getting them off the showroom floor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      SAH-WEET! I would love to see a modern RWD gullwing roadster!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gullwings to the people!