While European Union bureaucrats took the liberty of publishing the trademark views of the 2012 Mercedes SLK, just a month after Mercedes gave us a glimpse, a Jalopnik reader caught the real deal enjoying the Bay Area views.

The filings offer a blurry but complete view of the new roadster, including with its retractable hard top stowed. The final deal will likely not arrive until the Geneva show in March. (H/T to davedigerati!) [Carscoop]