Mercedes-Benz isn't expected to drop its 2012 SL until later this year at the Frankfurt motor show, but the automaker continues to test its range-topping roadster.
The folks at Motor Trend recently caught a lightly-camouflaged SL out on a test run, giving us an excellent look at what's to come. New from the ground up, the SL appears to borrow several styling characteristics found on its smaller SLK sibling.
An upright nose and angular headlights have been applied, while LED illumination appears to be utilized for fog lights and is expected to be used for the headlights as well. Tail lamps are smaller and more angular, making way for a larger trunk opening. Last year we learned the SL's wheelbase has been lengthened to accommodate a larger cabin, and improved trunk space. MT suggests the roof panel is made entirely of glass and should feature Magic Sky Control, allowing drivers to manipulate light penetration with a touch of a button. Continuing its theme of sorcery, Mercedes' new Magic Ride Control will likely come into play here as well. The system employs a camera that scans upcoming road surfaces, adjusting suspension settings on the fly to accommodate what lies ahead.
Base model SL550s are expected to draw their power from a 4.6-liter twin-turbo V-8, while the SL 63 should get AMG's new 565-horsepower 5.5-liter twin-turbo-V-8. Those eyeing the SL65 can expect the same 6.0-liter V-12 to remain, but power will likely grow from 604 to around 630 horsepower.
Source: Motor Trend