One of the auto industry's true icons just got an update. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL ($TBA) is all-new, shaving 300 pounds in the process, while adding a more powerful, economical V8 engine producing 429 hp and a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds, a new front fascia with upright nose, the Magic Vision Control intelligent and highly efficient wipe/wash system, and the new FrontBass system, which integrates the sound system into the body itself. Arriving just in time for 2012's drop-top season.
It's about time. After letting Mercedes define the class with its CLS, then allowing rivals like Porsche and Audi to put their own spin on things, BMW is finally entering the "four-door coupe" market with the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe ($TBA). Available in 640i — with a 315 hp TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter 6-Cylinder engine good for a 0 to 62 mph time of just 5.4 seconds — or 650i — sporting a 445 hp TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine that improves the 0-62 mph 4.6 seconds — variations, it also offers up optional xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive, an eight-speed Sport Automatic Transmission, optional Integral Active Steering, adaptive LED headlights, a 10.2-inch dash-mounted HD display, 19-inch light-alloy wheels, rear-, top-, and side-view cameras, a next-generation heads-up display, a HiFi audio system, and plenty of other goodies.
When one thinks of movie memorabilia, items from The Hangover aren't the first things that come to mind. Yet this 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet ($85,000) is better than any prop we've seen recently. Beautifully restored, this original convertible boasts a shiny silver grey metallic paint job with a dark blue interior and matching cloth top, and offers not-so-common options like factory air conditioning, an automatic transmission, and power steering. One of less than 2,800 ever made, it's one of only five used during filming, and thanks to blemishes on each side of the rearview, it's the only one that's easily identifiable on-screen, so you can boast about exactly what scene your new ride was in.