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    • New 2013 R231 SL leaked - Pictures from brochure ahead of Detroit Auto Show debut

      Well, thanks to the internet we get to see another new model early before its official debut. Here is the official 2013 R231 Mercedes SL. These are not the best pictures but we'll take what we can get. The design isn't all that revolutionary and is clearly inspired by the new CLS. Frankly, the update is a bit mild and the R230 SL won't look outdated by the new car. The main changes seem to be under the hood and with the chassis which will drop the weight of the car by around 300 pounds.








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      1. motorkas's Avatar
        motorkas -
        LOVE the seats - hate everything else. . .but then again - I SWORE the new CLS was butt ugly from the spy pics and now I think it's one of the baddest cars on the market today....
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by motorkas Click here to enlarge
        LOVE the seats - hate everything else. . .but then again - I SWORE the new CLS was butt ugly from the spy pics and now I think it's one of the baddest cars on the market today....
        I'll have to see this in person but it sure has a lot of CLS in it. They could have at least done something more exciting in the back.
      1. Portman's Avatar
        Portman -
        The NEW SL is going to be really beautiful. To say that it wont be much different than the R230 just shows that you dont know what you are talking about. wait for the new SL to hit the streets and you will know what I'm talking about. the picture shown above is the original Merceds version, not the AMG. The AMG version will be lowered and has an aggresive front/rear bumber, and the M157 engine. Folks this SL will put the old SL in the trash. More powerful and stylish. Mercedes never introduced a new generation that isnt advanced in looks an power. That idealogy will continoue with the SL. Click here to enlargeIf you have an SL63 or SL65, now is the time to sell it and think about getting this one.Click here to enlargeHow much do you want to bet that A tune only for the new SL with M157 from renntech would slash the life out of the 2009 SL65 in all RPM ranges?Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Portman Click here to enlarge
        To say that it wont be much different than the R230 just shows that you dont know what you are talking about. wait for the new SL to hit the streets and you will know what I'm talking about.
        I'm going by what I saw in the pictures. Why would I not know what I'm talking about? I have my own eyes and my own opinion and in my opinion this is not that much of a departure, it's mild.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Portman Click here to enlarge
        The AMG version will be lowered and has an aggresive front/rear bumber, and the M157 engine. Folks this SL will put the old SL in the trash. More powerful and stylish.
        As stated it will have a variety of changes the major of which are under the skin. Nobody is denying it won't be more powerful and it will also be lighter.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Portman Click here to enlarge
        How much do you want to bet that A tune only for the new SL with M157 from renntech would slash the life out of the 2009 SL65 in all RPM ranges?
        You are kind of pulling this out of left field. Nobody criticized the performance or claimed it would not perform. The first thing my mother (who owns an SL) said when I sent her the photos of the new SL was it looks just like hers. You may be able to tell, the average person won't because this is a mild styling update.

        Lowering it and more aggressive body work won't change that. This is nowhere near the departure the R230 way and considering I have hands on experience with both generations I would think I know what I'm talking about.
      1. Portman's Avatar
        Portman -
        Joseph,

        The new generation SL is a completely different car than the previous SL. You want to tell me that because your mother saw the photos of the new SL and said that there was no diffrence, that is going to be a good excuse?

        Since when did women tell a good diffrence between two cars?. I swear to god my mother once thought my C63 was her sister's (my aunt) honda AccordClick here to enlarge.

        The New SL class, has a new and more powerful engine, new body kit, new face, a whole new interior design and interior panel, diffrent tail look, and weighs less.
        Wait for it to hit the streets and you will see. Only time will tell and convince you.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Portman Click here to enlarge
        The new generation SL is a completely different car than the previous SL. You want to tell me that because your mother saw the photos of the new SL and said that there was no diffrence, that is going to be a good excuse?
        No, what I am saying is clearly it isn't a huge difference styling wise.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Portman Click here to enlarge
        Since when did women tell a good diffrence between two cars?. I swear to god my mother once thought my C63 was her sister's (my aunt) honda Accord
        But women are able to easily to tell the difference between an R230 and R129?

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Portman Click here to enlarge
        The New SL class, has a new and more powerful engine, new body kit, new face, a whole new interior design and interior panel, diffrent tail look, and weighs less.
        Wait for it to hit the streets and you will see. Only time will tell and convince you.
        You don't have to sell me on the new SL. I think it is great inside and out and an improvement where it needed it most. I like the SL's a whole lot I'm just saying the styling is not a big change. Even the spyphotos basically looked like an R230.
      1. Portman's Avatar
        Portman -
        Like I said, time will tell and convince you
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Portman Click here to enlarge
        Like I said, time will tell and convince you
        If time changes the styling I guess you are right.
      1. Portman's Avatar
        Portman -
        Styling has nothing to do with your thoughts.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Portman Click here to enlarge
        Styling has nothing to do with your thoughts.
        My point was about the styling so your statement right here makes no sense.

        What exactly do you take issue with?
      1. Portman's Avatar
        Portman -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        My point was about the styling so your statement right here makes no sense.

        What exactly do you take issue with?
        Take a look at the 1954 300SL

        and the 2009 SL63

        huge diffrence in styling over this time period, now if you cant see that, then your the one with the issues partner.

        good nightClick here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Portman Click here to enlarge
        Take a look at the 1954 300SL

        and the 2009 SL63

        huge diffrence in styling over this time period, now if you cant see that, then your the one with the issues partner.

        good nightClick here to enlarge
        You aren't really making sense.

        Take a look at the R230 and R231. If you can see a huge difference in styling it may be time to see the optometrist.

        I'm not sure why you seem to think the styling not being a huge difference in my opinion is somehow me putting the car down.
      1. Portman's Avatar
        Portman -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        You aren't really making sense.

        Take a look at the R230 and R231. If you can see a huge difference in styling it may be time to see the optometrist.

        I'm not sure why you seem to think the styling not being a huge difference in my opinion is somehow me putting the car down.
        your basing your ideas and conclusions on leaked photos that are in Black and white. I'm just telling you to wait and see the car on the streets first, and I'm prettu syre you will change your mind.


        Have a nice day
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Portman Click here to enlarge
        your basing your ideas and conclusions on leaked photos that are in Black and white. I'm just telling you to wait and see the car on the streets first, and I'm prettu syre you will change your mind.

        Have a nice day
        I'll change my mind about the design not being a large departure? No, I don't think so. Plus, you could already tell in spyphotos it was going to maintain the R230 proportions which it does.

        I like the way it looks. I like the car in general. The styling is just a mild update. That is my opinion.
      1. Exeenom's Avatar
        Exeenom -
        The stereo controls and AC vent look almost identical to the ones found in the SLS. The back of the car looks like it was borrowed from the CLS. The front grill resembles the SLS and CLS but the head lights are much closer to the CLS. I'll have to see one in person from different angles to see how it all falls together.
      1. silverbullett's Avatar
        silverbullett -
        WTF with this thread.....
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by silverbullett Click here to enlarge
        WTF with this thread.....
        Why are you bumping an old thread?