Hey, that looks better than it used to! Kinda. Photos of Mercedes’ upgraded and refreshed SL convertible leaked out a little early before the LA Auto Show next week, as these things are wont to do, and here it is.

Technical details remain scarce on the new car, but Autoblog, citing Auto Motor und Sport where the leaked photos came from, says the updated SL gets a nine-speed automatic and other tweaks. The current cars pack twin turbo V6, V8 and V12 engines as options.

The big changes come from the design, with a new front end that’s much more AMG GT-ish and less bulbous and insect-like than before. Dare I say it’s on the path to being elegant again?

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Expect more details as soon as Mercedes releases them, or someone else does.


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