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Spy Shots: 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

New supercar caught along the coast.

by on Aug.20, 2009

The thin disguise does little to hide the shape and dimensions of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS.

The thin disguise does little to hide the shape and dimensions of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS.

Automakers typically go to great pains to keep their future products concealed from the prying eyes of the press.  But sometimes, a simple bit of serendipity comes into play – as happened today, when Mercedes-Benz engineers just happened to take a break during testing, parking a convoy of cars along the legendary Cannery Row, in Monterey, California.

They just happened to pull over in front of the Clement Hotel, where a number of us in the automotive media just happened to be holed up for a preview of the latest Mazda line-up.  The resultant spy shots, shown here, were snapped before the men from Mercedes could get back behind the wheel and move on.

Your Spy Shot Source!

Your Spy Shot Source!

What you see is the thinly-disguised 2011 Mercedes SLS AMG, the replacement for the German automaker’s SLR supercar, which never came close to living up to its initial expectations – Mercedes hoped to sell 4,000 SLRs during its lifetime, but has to come up with a variety of variants to come close to meeting that demand, including the 722 and a convertible version.

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