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Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz SL spied – coming in 2012

First spy pictures have started to appear of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL. Codenamed R231, the next-gen SL will remain a coupe-cabriolet as well as halo car for the Mercedes-Benz brand. Car Magazine is reporting that the 2012 model has been co-developed alongside the new SLS, so we might just see some technologies and features included in the new SL model. As far as the engines go, we might see a SL350 – 3.5 liter V6 with 290bhp and a SL500 (probably 550 in the US) with a 5.5 liter V8 and 390 bhp. There will of course be an AMG version as well, maybe with a similar V8 that is… Continue Reading »

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Hein Wagner drives 322.5 km/h in an SL 65 AMG – He was born blind!

Hein Wagner, from Cape Town, South Africa, in search of an extreme adventure has successfully broken his own world land speed record by driving at 322.5 km/h – in the dark. He was born blind, but that never stopped him from going after things that the rest of us wouldn’t even attempt, which includes completing a cycle race and participating in a yacht race from Cape-to-Rio. In 2005, Wagner set a top of 269 km/h while driving a Masarati, but this time, he was going to set the bar even higher. For this, he got himself the all new Mercedes-Benz SL 65 Black Series, with a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 engine,… Continue Reading »

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1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing in Camo

Nigo, owner of Japanese fashion house ‘A Bathing Ape’, has put a modern twist to a classic Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, giving it a BAPE camouflage. Word on the street (interweb) is that he had AMG custom build the 1954 SL with custom interior and even install a new 6.0L V8 engine. While Nigo is famous for collecting exotic cars and turning them into something one has never seen before (like a Bugatti Veyron with pink camo) this was certainly an even bigger undertaking, as MB’s own tuner company pitched in.

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AMG once again provides the Official F1 Safety and Medical Car

As you might have seen this weekend at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, The SL 63 AMG, as the Official F1 Safety Car, and the C 63 AMG Estate, as the Official F1 Medical Car, are to continue to help ensure maximum safety, this time for the 2009 Formula 1 season. AMG, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz, will be on duty with the two specially prepared high-performance vehicles at all 17 of the new season’s Formula 1 races. The specialists from the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO are responsible for the development, production and servicing of the vehicles. The Official F1 Safety Car is always deployed whenever the safety of a… Continue Reading »

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A Day in History: The 1989 Mercedes-Benz SL R129 series

Modern, elegant, dynamic and yet clearly part of a great tradition: the SL Roadster from Mercedes-Benz was one of the biggest sensations at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1989. This sports car (model series R 129) first appeared in the 300 SL, 300 SL-24 and 500 SL variants, with several models being added in subsequent years through to the SL 73 AMG in 1999. The R 129 was the fourth generation of the SL-Class since the legendary gull-wing Mercedes-Benz 300 SL of the 1950s. In 2001, the 129 model series was replaced by the 230 series. Check out the entire gallery

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AMG confirms it – “horsepower war is over”

It was only a matter of time until someone realized it, so this shouldn’t really come to anyone with some sanity as a surprise. AMG chief, Volker Mornhinweg, has stated “The horsepower war is over.” He also told AutoCar “We are going to use other ways to extract better performance, including weight saving, engine optimization and alternative technologies.” We’ve already been anticipating something like this, ever since we learned that Mercedes-Benz will be abandoning further development of V12 engines and focus on V8 twin-turbo engine, since they will be more compact and lighter, adding less weight to the car, producing similar if not better performance.

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Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster transformed into a SL Coupe

What do you do if you have too much time on your hands and if you’re the world renowned Alfredo Stola. Well you get to work on designing some crazy concepts or transforming current models into beautiful coupes. That’s exactly what Alfredo Stola, the former technical and commercial project manager that helped developing the Maybach, has teamed up with Turin based Studiotorino and IAAD (Instituto di Arte Applicata e Design di Torino) to create a unique and absolutely beautiful SL Roadster Coupe. The project is a 1:4 scale model, which was personally modeled by Stola himself, and will be presented at the ‘Bespoke Coachwork’ exhibition, part of the ‘Turin World… Continue Reading »

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