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Facelifted Mercedes SL Caught On Dubai Photo Shoot

Mercedes SL Spied During Photo Shoot in Dubai
Mercedes SL Spied During Photo Shoot in Dubai

The facelifted Mercedes SL has been snapped during a shoot on location in Dubai, this exclusive photo, donated by a loyal WCF reader, revealing the new car's re-modelled nose and front end.

Mercedes' more pointed nose, as seen on the new C and CL-Classes, joins the SL range to provide a duly welcome sportier look. While with enough squinting and some tedious zooming, it appears that a redesigned headlamp cluster has also arrived, similar to that on the CLS and in the illustration we showed you just last week, with further spy shots confirming the update. It is unclear as to whether, like the C-Class, the grille will be offered in 'Elegance' or 'Sports' guises.

A sharper front skirt design complements the new nose, while flank vents forward and aft of the front wheels appear to feature, with the latter and large alloys suggesting this be an AMG version. Expect few changes at the rear bar new LED lamps, a revised underbelly bumper design and a minor exhaust pipe update.

Engines are likely to remain the same as the present SL, although rumours suggest a 354 hp replacement engine for the SL350. The SL will surface at Geneva and hit the market at the end of 2008, ahead of its next-generation replacement in 2012.

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Published Dec 4th, 2007 10:29pm By Sam Stockley

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unknownuser unknownuser
Looks like the Chrysler Crossfire from the front. What were they thinking?
Jan 24th, 2008 3:52am
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benzboy benzboy
I want to see official clear photo's of the car then we will have something to talk about until then...
Dec 26th, 2007 6:41pm
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lilmissveevee lilmissveevee
I realize the quality isn't all that spectacular.. but am I the only one who saw the grill and thought "Cadillac XLR"?
Dec 8th, 2007 1:44am
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benzboy benzboy
you saw Cadillac XLR, really can I have some of your meds or have you fallen off your meds.
Dec 8th, 2007 6:02am
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lilmissveevee lilmissveevee
Meds? Right. Big grill/pointed nose and headlamps with seemingly angular quality, squared off fog lamp outlets, rectangular sub-bumper air intake.
Dec 8th, 2007 8:30am
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persian187 persian187
Im interested to see the interior... will it follow the same design language as the S 550 you think?
Dec 6th, 2007 2:28pm
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wirelesscoyote wirelesscoyote
Thats a hot car...
Dec 6th, 2007 6:39am
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katteruma katteruma
I've driven a current model SL55AMG and found it to be a very impressive, if a little cold, car. Its steering might not be that sharp or quick, but it's reliable and comparatively easy to maintain. It's price is a bit steep for me, so I'm now considering an SLK.
Dec 6th, 2007 4:14am
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benzboy benzboy
The SLK is a great car, I have one and love it but keep in mind these things, If you get the amg package the wheels are staggered and cant be rotated thus you will be replacing tires every 16 months depending on how you drive and the forget about a get away romantic weekend unless all you bring is a thong and condoms, the trunks are very small, I have always said my SLK is good for me, another person and a opinion. But otherwise its been a great member to my family just want the new SL 55 or 63 asit were
Dec 6th, 2007 5:45pm
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elsonlau elsonlau
As I said before. the BMW 6 Series is nicer.
Dec 5th, 2007 7:10pm
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benzboy benzboy
the BMW has the look that i would pushout if i ate 4 bean and cheese with sourcream burrito's and a cheddar quesidila with a choclate shake to wash it down with, it has a push me pull me design like the lexus sc430 both of which I would never buy, and yet Idont mean to hurt your feeling.
Dec 5th, 2007 7:44pm
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persian187 persian187
the 6 series looks like a fat ugly chick that is dieing for attention. The SL is in a whole other league. no comparison. the thought of comparing the two makes me laugh. hahahaha.
Dec 6th, 2007 2:26pm
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amade.ch amade.ch
aren't these chrysler 300c wheels? :-) the sl remains pretty elegant. but to be honest, i can't see too much of the front on that picture.
Dec 5th, 2007 6:05pm
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benzboy benzboy
can I add another thankyou Jesus, I will buy this car.wish the picture was clearer, but I know its only a short matter of time before some really good real photo's show up I will placing my order for an SL63. I would like to ask a question, Here in the US I have never heard of a SL 350 whats that about? please let me know and thankyou Benzboy
Dec 5th, 2007 5:56pm
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Beybaba Beybaba
its the lowest priced version sold in my country, sl350 has less performance than 500 and the others. someone do correct me if im mistaken.
Dec 6th, 2007 3:07am
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bimmerboi14 bimmerboi14
thank you jesus, it looks nothing like the shitastic photoshop wcf did
Dec 5th, 2007 12:39pm
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Harajoshi2 Harajoshi2
And in Europe it's called ugly.
Dec 5th, 2007 9:26am
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Saab95JD Saab95JD
Or in North America it is the Nissan Versa. :-)
Dec 5th, 2007 8:27am
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unknown unknown
the real car never looks anything like WCF's photoshop!
Dec 5th, 2007 8:19am
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Beybaba Beybaba
oh end btw is that a clio at the back? its the sedan version, i dont know about the world but in my country it aint out for sale. can be a nice spy photo of clio symbol too!
Dec 5th, 2007 7:23am
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bmw06m bmw06m
the white car in the back is a nissan tiida.
Dec 5th, 2007 8:11am
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djcocum djcocum
I don't like that vast grille, but the wheels look excellent!!
Dec 5th, 2007 6:30am
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AMGV12 AMGV12
Those are some hot rims. Wonder if that AMG packaging is going to be standard, Mercedes has been doing more of that kind of stuff very recently.
Dec 5th, 2007 6:04am
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Beybaba Beybaba
yeah indeed, looks much better than the photoshop creations..
Dec 5th, 2007 4:35am
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Harajoshi2 Harajoshi2
raggadaggadingdong Hot! Looks kind of... tuning-victom...
Dec 5th, 2007 3:36am
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