2003 SL500, 2003 SL55, 2005 S55, (2) 1991 300SLs, 1994 E320 cabriolet
A sleek-looking car like the R230 could not be produced today since it does not conform to government regulations. A c. 2012 issue of Car and Driver explains:
Think modern cars look bloated? Of course you do. Part of what you're seeing is the effect of European and Asian pedestrian-protection requirements that went live last decade. The idea is to leave enough space beneath the hood to keep a struck pedestrian's head from caving it in far enough to hit the top of the engine. So, you'd expect higher hoods and taller noses. But that little bit of air over the intake manifold ripples through and changes everything.