The latest generation is to be launched in April 2016.
It is all set to transport the unique tradition of elegant sportiness into the future.
The roots of the Mercedes-Benz SL are in motor racing. After the Second World War, Mercedes-Benz developed the 300 SL racing sports car (W 194, 170 hp/125 kW). This began competing in 1952 and duly dominated the season, claiming second and fourth place in the Mille Miglia, a one-two-three win in the sports car race in Bern, a one-two win in the Le Mans 24-hour race, the first four places in the sports car race at the Nürburgring and a one-two win in the Carrera Panamericana Mexico – an illustrious record indeed. A characteristic feature of the Coupé was its gullwing doors – a direct consequence of the innovative space frame: they were cut deep into the roof, opening upwards to present a spectacle reminiscent of spread wings, which prompted the Americans to refer to the car as the “Gullwing”, while the French opted for “Papillon” (butterfly).