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New Look for the Mercedes SL

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New Look for the Mercedes SL

The new look for the Mercedes SL has finally been revealed with pictures of the new SL now officially avaliable, even thou photos of the new look were online some weeks ago.

As predicted they've given the car a new front end and bonnet, with numerous references to the classic 300SL of the 1950s. Thus we have two longitudinal bulges in the bonnet, gills on the side vents and a new grill with a big star in the middle flanked with single chromed bars either side. But it's the new lights that are the strangest part, changing from square edged to rounded as the designers attempt to blend the square edged new look with the existing car's curvy flanks.

The new SL also has a new 'direct steer' system with a variable rack to reduce steering inputs at speed and, Mercedes claims, boost feel. The V8 SL500 and V12 SL600 remain unchanged but the SL350 gains 43bhp to deliver 311bhp thanks to various changes, including a new 7,200rpm redline. Usually set at 6,800rpm, the higher limit becomes available when the engine is warm. On the inside there is an adapted version of the SLK's Airscarf system, various trim changes and new hard-disk based Comand nav and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The car makes its official debut at the Geneva show in March and will be in showrooms from the middle of April.