As you can see in the pictures, Mercedes-Benz obviously will continue with the front-engine, rear-drive format, as well as with a retractable metal hardtop which is due to arrive in 2012. The prototype model's heavy disguise and body cladding makes it difficult to distinguish any details, but it's safe to assume that the new SL will carry styling hallmarks from the German firm's "artsy" design language previewed in its most recent concept models such as the CLS Shooting Break and the F800 Style.
Even though details about the engine range remain scarce, buyers can expect a new 3.5-liter V6 with 306HP and the usual lineup of V8 units including the firm's newly developed 5.5-liter bi-turbo V8 for the AMG model, and quite possibly, an upgraded V12.

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