It’s been nearly six decades since Mercedes-Benz introduced the then-revolutionary SL, those letters short for “sport” and light.” Like all too many other products introduced in the decades since, the SL roadster has gotten bigger and bulkier. But the all-new model making its debut at Detroit’s Cobo Center this week takes the Mercedes 2-seater back to its roots.
Think of the all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL as “sportier” and “lighter.”
To get there, the maker has completely redesigned the SL, reverting to a modern take on the original car’s aluminum tube frame that shaves as much as 300 pounds off the 2013 Benz, depending on the specific model.
“Decreased weight means increased agility,” said Mercedes brand boss Dieter Zetsche at a sneak preview the night before the official opening of the 2012 North American International Auto Show. “Saving weight,” he added, “means saving gallons.”