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New Aluminum Body Will Slash Weight of 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL

Giving meaning to the SL name.

by on Nov.22, 2011

Mercedes will slash the weight of its 2013 SL roadster by using a lightweight aluminum body.

Mercedes-Benz appears to be taking seriously the words its SL roadster is supposed to represent: Sport, Leicht – or Light, in English.  The German maker has revealed that with the planned launch of an all-new version of the SL line, the 2-seater will migrate to a new, lightweight aluminum body.

That should shave nearly 250 pounds off the weight of the sports car, but the maker plans additional efforts that will bring the overall curbweight of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 model down by as much as 310 pounds.

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