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Mercedes-Benz SL: Brand new spy shots!

Mercedes-Benz SL

Here are brand new spy shots of the soon to arrive Mercedes-Benz SL. Have a look!

Codenamed R231, the next SL is new from bottom to top. Loosely based on the rear-wheel drive components set of the E-class, the roadster-coupé gets a longer wheelbase to facilitate entry and egress for the greying clientele.

While the 2012 SL offers more space for passengers and luggage, the fuel tank will reportedly shrink from 80 to 75 litres. The retractable hard top can be fitted with a variable-tint glass roof named Magic Sky Control to darken those pesky sunsets and paparazzi flashguns.

Mercedes has plug-in hybrid applications of the new SL in the pipeline, but it won’t offer a diesel. The new SLK we’re about to see launched in spring 2011 will offer derv, but the R231 SL won’t. The range looks like this:

• 306bhp SL350, 3.5-litre V6
• 435bhp SL500, twin-turbo 4.6-litre V8
• 571bhp SL63 AMG, 5.5-litre bi-turbo V8
• 630bhp SL65 AMG, V12