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RESHAPING AN ICON

The rich heritage of the Mercedes-Benz SL demands a stylish design. The 300SL Gullwing, the delicate Pagoda of the 1960s and more recently the fifth generation R230 of the early 2000s, were all stunners. Yet the current SL, on sale since 2013, is missing some of that elegance. Despite loosing nearly 300 pounds over its predecessor, this blunt-nosed SL looks bloated, slab-sided and much heavier than the old one.



For the 2017 model year, much of the car has been restyled, reimagined or simply tossed. According to development chief Michael Scheer, everything from the A-pillar forward is a clean-sheet re-boot. The new fenders and the longer hood slope much more steeply toward the grill creating a sleek profile. The new headlamps are angled aggressively, not unlike the ones on the AMG GT S—Mercedes-Benz’s top sports car. The look is far more graceful.

So much of that front end has been altered that Scheer says they had to re-test for pedestrian impact. In the rear, less work was needed -- there’s a revised bumper cover and taillights. From just about any angle, the look of the SL has been improved.


2017 Mercedes-Benz SL review and test drive with horsepower, price and photo gallery
 
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