Spyshots: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse

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As we get closer and closer to the launch of the sixth incarnation of one of the biggest icons in the three pointed star range - the Mercedes Benz SL - the supermodel is beginning to undress herself, showing more and more skin, before she gets bare naked at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

Our dedicated team of spy photographers have managed to snap a set of photos showing the outlines of the 2012 hard-top convertible. It seems that the SLS-insipred rhinoplasty was a total success and it will complement the bigger rear fenders that look like those on the E-Klasse. Though its proportions seem similar to the current model, a closer inspection reveals a few subtle differences such as the shorter rear overhang and the taller bonnet.

What’s even more interesting is that our spy photographers say that the SL was in a group of vehicles which included an Aston Martin Vantage Roadster and a Jaguar XK, likely for benchmarking purposes.

The engine rage will be almost completely new and will kick off with only two powerplants - a 3.5-liter V6 and a 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8. There’s even speculation of a hybrid version coming, but the AMG 63 is expected to get the impressive twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 with upwards of 571 horsepower on tap.

The next couple of years will see an onslaught of new Mercedes-Benz models launched, with the recently revealed SLK-Klasse and C-Klasse Coupe, plus brand new versions of the A- and B-Klasse, and next-generation ML. We’ve also heard rumors that the SLS is getting a baby brother to be known as the SLC, and there’s even a new flagship four-door coupe, called the uber-CLS.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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