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By now we're familiar with the new-car introduction dance steps: first the leaks, then the sneak peek, then more leaks, then the official reveal with photos, then videos, then the auto show circuit. We're at penultimate step with the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL, and after the jump you'll find its SLS-like nose punching its way through scenic landscapes.

A quick recap of what you'll be seeing: a recontoured convertible with an intense light signature up front, a finessed, stylized interior, a Magic Sky Control roof and a rear end that we still need a little more time to get used to. There's a 4.6-liter V8 with 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet under the hood, which is a hefty dose of power moving even less weight: the new car is 300 pounds lighter than its predecessor.

Enough reading about it, though, so head for the moving pictures after the jump.









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      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you mute those first two commercials and listen to them with Louis Armstrong playing, it makes you want to buy the car. Seriously, try it. The person in the audio production department should be scolded for not taking this route. Oh, and that is an awesome car.
      Lance E. Jones
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm happy MB is bringing some masculine style into their design language. They're starting to look like something.
      nettsu
      • 3 Years Ago
      ugly front is still ugly... although I find it funny it's now being described by autoblog as "intense"
      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think this SL will be a winner. It's funny, a lot of commenters on autoblog like to criticize and complain about Mercedes design language, yet the S-Class, E-Class, GL-Class, and sometimes C-Class and ML-Class are the top sellers in their segments. I think once people see this car in person, with it's LED eyebrow/lights, shiny metal, gurgling exhaust, and glitzy chrome, they'll swoon over it. It was the same with the 2012 CLS. Man, my jaw dropped the first time I saw that beauty cruising the highway at night.
        Kris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        I don't think they are top sellers because of their design. It takes much more than that to make a car best seller.
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kris
          still it was the same with the bangle designed BMWs..everbody said they hated the designs still everybody bought them.
      Pdexter
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought back in ~2005 that Mercedes was starting to lose a bit of that brand image on younger generation and starting to be old mans car. Looking at the new designs, from these higher end cars, all the way to A and B class, it seems like MB noticed this too. MB might still be old mans car, but not because only old men wanna drive it, but because that's when you get the possibility to buy that dream car.
        MyerShift
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pdexter
        I agree. I am 25 and although unable to afford, I consider Mercedes-Benz to be for old people. I would rather have an Audi or BMW. Hell, even the new RWD Cadillacs are more appealing to me.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugh. I was hoping that M-B's styling department was going to turn a corner. I was hoping that after a few years of awful designs that were worse than the ones they replaced, that M-B would once again start making some nice looking cars. I guess not. Awful. The older SL's were gorgeous cars with timeless styling - a 10 year old car looks quite modern. They through away all that and came up with this?! Terrible.
      Hailey Martin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the car looks wonderful from all aspects except for the rear. Those lights just don't flow.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hailey Martin
        strangely i especially like the rear. the head-lights are the only flaw imho
      masonperegrine
      • 3 Years Ago
      The design is starting to grow on me (like skin cancer) but I would still never buy one. I'd rather have an SLK.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Easy_Eight
      • 3 Years Ago
      You could land an F-18 on that rear deck.
      leo
      • 3 Years Ago
      hot car the front end might not be everyones preference but this is MB. the car is nto designed to wow on a first date and then look dated by the end of the yer. this will look as good in 10 years and no one will even remember it's competition this side of an aston
      chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that rear end just looks needlessly bloated. In fact, the whole car just looks huge. I'm impressed that they've lightened it (significantly, no less), but the exterior proportions are just off. Not a fan.
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