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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL leaked images
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL leaked images
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL leaked images

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL leaked images
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL leaked images

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL leaked images
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL leaked images

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL leaked images
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL leaked images

It's getting darn near impossible for automakers to keep their latest wares hidden from view until they are good and ready to show them. Such is the case with Mercedes-Benz, who's latest SL has leaked to the internet courtesy of the crew at Autoblog.nl.

If we had to guess, we'd say these images come from a brochure of some sort, and they show the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL from the front and rear, along with the top up and down. We also get a lone shot of the interior, and though it's all in various shades of black and white, everything looks just as polished and stately as we'd expect from M-B's range-topping non-AMG machine.

We know that the 2013 SL will be a few hundred pounds lighter than its predecessor, but we don't yet know what range of engines will be in the "S-Class of Roadsters." We'd guess a few V8 options with the vestigial V12 hanging around for at least one more generation.

We'll just have to wait until the 2012 Detroit Auto Show to find out all the details, but in the meantime, have a gander at the pics in our high-res image gallery.


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      John
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doesn't make you want to run to the dealership and buy it like the previous one did when it came out, thats for sure. It's not ugly, it just doesn't look that special, especially for the price! I'm sure the AMG will look badass but I donno, their entire line-up is too predictable now.
      JF
      • 3 Years Ago
      Headlights are HUGE. Too big for my taste.
      leunamme
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like everything about the car except for the headlights...why couldn't they just smoothly follow the lines of the grille, providing a nice, clean look?
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      erob599
      • 3 Years Ago
      So far, not a fan. I'll reserve final judgement for the actual release pictures and when I see it in person.
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've always like the sporty, yet elegant, and modest looks of the SL. Their designs are timeless, and therefore, do not need to change drastically from one generation to the next.
      Zach Mundy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm...better than I expected given the spy shots of that copper-colored test mule about a month ago. Headlights seem a little wide-eyed, though.
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      the current sl has a very refined exterior... this looks like the sl from the 90s.
      xspeedy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am officially against the styling associated with pedestrian safety standards. How many more cars are going to be ruined with an abnormally huge and square front profile with a tall hood line?
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xspeedy
        Actually, a higher front end is a very modern styling trend that works well in the right hands. Need some examples? Look at the side profile of an Aston Martin DB9, Jaguar XK and Jaguar C-X16. I think we can all agree that those are some damn good looking automobiles. In fact, if you look at all of those vehicles in profile view, you'll see that they have a very similar look to this new SL. The biggest difference, however... is how they handled the front bumper cover / headlight interaction. Apparently Henrik Fisker and Ian Callum have a pretty good grasp on how to make that look work. The look actually works pretty well on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, but even then you'll notice that the transition from grille / bumper / headlight is nowhere near as drastic as seen with this car. This SL has a LOT of vertical real estate on the headlamp lens by comparison to all the cars I named above.
        Anon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xspeedy
        agree 1000%. is porsche exempt from the laws? how come their designs arent getting all mangled like MB/BMW/Audi????
          ferps
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Anon
          compare the 991 with the 997, and you'll see some of the same trends. also, the lack of an engine in front may give them more leeway.
      Justin B.
      • 3 Years Ago
      SLK/ML face + SLS fenders and doors + CLS rear The best looking SL's were the R129 and R230. This new SL is trying too hard.
        chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin B.
        The R129 is definitely my favorite, and if things keep going the way they are, it'll always remain my favorite.
        Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin B.
        I agree with you, both of those SLs were really beautiful. The R230 though, I like it only in pre-face lift design. When it was released here in 2003, I fell in love with the car immediately. The R129 was gorgeous and I loved the wipers on the headlights.
        chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin B.
        The R129 is definitely my favorite, and if things keep going the way they are, it'll always remain my favorite.
      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still think R230 (before facelift) look better.
        Sukairain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ken
        I would keep the R230 if it's not mechanically falling apart. These 6 digit Mercedes have the reliability of Range Rovers. *sigh*
          TY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          Modern Range Rovers are quite reliable, so are you saying that as a good thing?
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Disappointed, the R230 generation car looked better a decade ago. In some ways this car actually looks cheaper than the new SLK.
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