The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class prototype was spotted during testing, revealing the coupe’s possible body design. Here are the latest details and spy shots.
Exterior and Interior Design
In the photos posted here you can see just a prototype model. It wears almost no camouflage. Only the headlights are duct taped, which means that those will be redesigned. We are wondering what Mercedes changed when they want to keep it a secret for now. Anyway, the front lights are reminiscent of those found on the current S-Class models. Except for these changes, the front fascia of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class did not received much changes. Yes, the grille and bumper are slightly different, but this could be changed in the upcoming year. The rear end will also get a revised bumper, thinner taillights and a new set of exhaust tips.
There are no many details regarding the new styling of the car’s interior. However, recent reports claim that the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class will inherit the interior’s design changes from the current S-Class Coupe (photo below). So, we can expect some minor changes of the cabin’s dashboard, center console and instrument cluster, and maybe a new steering wheel design. I don’t expect to see the S-Class’ ultra-wide display, but the new SL models will sure get some premium features and latest technology.
Engine, Specs, Performance
The automaker did not revealed which power unit will be found under the hood of the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. Latest rumors claim that it is going to be powered by the similar lineup of engines found in the current models. That means a biturbo 3.0L V-6 could be powering the SL400 model, while a biturbo 4.7L V-8 is going to be used for the S550. Expect an increase in power, a 3.0L V-6 currently delivers 329 horsepower, while a 4.7L V-8 currently produces 429 horses. AMG might decide to add their 5.5L V-8 producing more than 560 hp inside the SL63 AMG, and probably a 6.0L V-12 that can generate more than 620 hp inside the SL65 AMG. These are just rumors, we will know more details in the near future.
2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Prices
Prices for the upcoming 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class are also mystery. The automaker has not announced pricing list, but we can expect pricing increase compared to the current lineup. The base SL400 model is priced at $84,000, while the SL65 AMG variant can be bought for as much as $215,250.
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