Why Is The Mercedes SL Getting So Ugly?

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You know how some car designs grow on you? Whatever the opposite of that is, the current Mercedes SL.

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I'm not sure if other cars in the Mercedes stable (like the very clean AMG GT) have made the SL look ugly by contrast, or if there's something about the SL's shape that's just wrong. Maybe it was masked in the thrilling newness of the car back in 2012.

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Even with the best color and the best lighting it's just... erf.

Illustration for article titled Why Is The Mercedes SL Getting So Ugly?

Why, why is it so hideous now, in 2014?

Photo Credits: Mercedes-Benz

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pgeorge
Patrick George

I agree wholeheartedly with this. The SLs used to be the among the most beautiful cars in the road. The original Gullwing was a stunner, as was the "Pagoda" that followed it. The R107 wasn't quite as good but it's still gorgeous and ranks among my favorites. But everything after that has been crap, just gaudy country club cruisers with no real sense of style. What happened, Mercedes?