An updated version of Mercedes' staple two-seater, has been a long time coming and thus highly anticipated. Following in the wake of a reported "leaked brochure" that made it's way into cyberspace, Daimler AG has now given us official details on the 2013 model, due to be unveiled next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Despite it's name, Sport Leight (lightweight sports), every iteration since the first 1955 street going SL has been larger and heavier. Now, with automakers looking to shed pounds in order to meet tighter fuel economy standards, the 2013 version looks to be heading back toward its roots, the car's aluminum body reported to weigh some 242 lbs less than its predecessor.
Further weight shavings can be found in the steering and suspension assembly, with control arms and knuckles hewn from aluminum to reduce the car's unsprung mass, yet the new SL is both longer (1.97 inches) and wider (2.24 inches) than its predecessor.
The steering system has also been updated with a new Direct-Steer setup that features speed sensitive power assist that varies depending on the steering wheel angle, designed to improve stability at higher speeds and easier maneuvering at lower ones, such as when parking.
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