Mercedes-Benz is preparing an Audi TT fighter for 2013 based on the company's B-Class architecture. Dubbed the SLA, the smallest Mercedes roadster will deliver grunt to its front wheels, a first for a two-door drop top wearing the three-pointed star.

Engines include a 1.6-liter direct injection turbo four-pot, or a 1.8-liter turbo diesel for our friends in Europe. Transmission options will include either a new seven-speed dual-clutch arrangement or a six-speed row-your-own.

Apparently, a soft top will be the only roof option available, in an attempt to keep costs reigned in. Speaking of costs, we don't have a solid number, but GoAuto.com reports it should ring the register at about $65k Australian.


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      Darren L
      • 3 Years Ago
      Clearly inspired by http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_gHLi5No8dSY/SRIKWoucgBI/AAAAAAAABZY/UCRGQZS15Ig/s400/mercedes-benz-childrens-car-3.jpg
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A FWD Mercedes with the letters S and L in its title = Fail... IMHO.
      poorboywrx
      • 3 Years Ago
      proof the Mayans are correct.
      Swordman
      • 3 Years Ago
      FWD in a premium car is a mistake no matter what the marketing team tells us. Premium cars need premium engineering. FWD was originally designed because it's cheaper.
        Hailey Martin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Swordman
        Man, you clearly KNOW NOTHING. Who says FWD shouldn't be in premium cars? FWD was interesting to manufacturers because of traction, weight savings, improved fuel economy and lower production costs. And there were tons of luxury cars even in the 1930s that employed FWD as experimental measures. Cord in the US, Audi, Wanderer and DKW in 1930s Germany, Citroen in France (also in the '30s) etc. Hell, even Cadillac offered their top of the line Eldorado with FWD in the beginning in the 1960s. FWD has its place in any car except perhaps a purist sports car. This little Benz will be for the driving enthusiast who wants a fun car that performs well, handles well and can be thrown around corners a la Golf GTI.
      purplewonagain
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a sweet Del Sol
      socraticnightmare103
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks like something I'd pick up at toys r us
        Phontsolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @socraticnightmare103
        haha! Hilarious............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
      another Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not a single buyer of this car will be a car person. Just a bunch of playboys & highschool blondes with rich parents.
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another on the 'will never buy' list.
      DP
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it's looks good and would consider it, but not at $65,000!! Shouldn't this cost less? A lot less!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      mcheddadi
      • 3 Years Ago
      fwd miata?
      averyvh225
      • 3 Years Ago
      well FWD, and a 1.6 Liter 4 for that price?! even if the exhange rates are australian, if the car costs more than $29,000, its not worth it, also it looks disgusting. If it were to come out in 2013, it would look 10x better than this!
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