What's Wrong With This Picture: SLS AMG/Acura CL Edition

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer

I understand the idea of retro-inspired cars. Well, in theory anyway. But could someone explain why Mercedes would chose to crib the rear end of a 1998 Acura CL for their SLS AMG?

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  • Tom Tom on Sep 30, 2009

    I don't see it at all...there are more similarities between the SLS and the 300SL... And even if you insist that there are similarities, I highly doubt that anyone in Stuttgart has ever seen this America-only car. So if there are similarities at all, they're most likely coincidental.

  • Boff Boff on Sep 30, 2009

    If those pics are are what passes for similarity, then I'm a dead ringer for Fabio!

  • Carzzi Carzzi on Sep 30, 2009

    The SLS' rear end is an evolved instance of the current paradigm of trunk-lip design, characterized by its cleaving away, its weaning away, from the tail-lamp section and rear flanks. Whom do we have to thank for this design increment? It is Chris Bangle, who introduced and popularized it on the 2001+ 7-series. This might be the full-blown incarnation of this design element on a two seat coupé (the 6-series is the four-seat coupé intro); the Z4's rear is a tamed version of this move.

  • Pb35 Pb35 on Sep 30, 2009

    I see similarities to the Mazda RX-8 at first glance. Not so much the rear in particular as much as the entire rear/side view.