New Mercedes SL Hits the Web; Web Uninjured

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz

Once again, pictures of a new car have leaked onto the web before the manufacturer's official debut date. Sometimes this sort of thing is an actual leak involving skullduggery, corporate betrayal, miniature cameras and journalistic derring-do. These days, it's usually a manufacturer's thinly-veiled attempt to whip-up interest in a relatively mundane product. Anyway, as you can see on Autozeitung's website, the changes to the new Mercedes SL-class roadster are hardly revolutionary. The new bits primarily involve the front clip, where a RetroBig grill now resides (RetroBig is my name, not theirs). The SL's headlights have also morphed, from ugly double blobs to somewhat different ugly blobs. Looking at the front of this thing, you can't help but wonder if the outgoing model's a more reasonable evolution of the old 1990s Mercedes SL500. The next gen's front end looks more like a mutation. Other changes include a hideous bodykit all the way around, fishier gills on the side and an even more schizophrenic interior. Seeing one for yourself in person is the only real way to be the judge. In the meantime, the takeaway word for the new SL: busy.

Justin Berkowitz
Justin Berkowitz

Immensely bored law student. I've also got 3 dogs.

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  • Quasimondo Quasimondo on Jan 22, 2008

    Those pesky European pedestrian safety standards have once again ruined a great design.

  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Jan 22, 2008

    Sweet! The release of this car should help push the resale value of the current model down even quicker. How much should a 4 yr old SL cost?

  • Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz on Jan 22, 2008

    bring back the Gullwing.

  • Johnson Schwanz Johnson Schwanz on Jan 23, 2008
    argentla : January 22nd, 2008 at 1:50 pm The current SL is overpriced and has a dubious repair record, but it’s gorgeous. Slapping the nose clip from the hideous new C-class on it is not an improvement. At various points, the big BMW and Benz coupes and roadsters have been desirable, even (perhaps especially) to people who can’t actually afford them. *raises hand in attendance* I can't afford one!! But as a previous poster mentioned, this thing makes the old one look gorgeous.