Modern-Day Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Modern-Day Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Panamericana Concept
While in Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz is adding the final touches on the legit heir of the iconic 300SL Gullwing in the form of the , Arturo Alonso and his team that gained famed with the - a car which we've only seen in computer generated images, has announced the creation of a modern-day 300SL that will blend the classic shape with contemporary technology and materials.
Once again, we only see renderings of the car but the company that will distribute the vehicle, "Gullwing America" has released initial details on the project that will be based on a reproduction model from Hoope'r, Gullwing-AG in Germany.
According to the release, the 300SL's body is made out of aluminum-reinforced fibreglass while the chassis is constructed from powder coated RHS steel. The vehicle will come with an independent suspension with adjustable coil overs, four wheel disk brakes, "old-school" 17-inch AMG alloy wheels wrapped in 235/45 R17 Continental Sport Contact tires and most importantly, a 5.5 liter Mercedes-Benz V8 engine hooked up to a six speed transmission.
In the 300SL Panamericana, the V8 will produce around 370HP and 530Nm of torque. The company said that in 2010, it will also offer buyers the option of a Merc's new V6 engine that delivers 320HP and 360Nm torque and can be ordered with a six-speed manual transmission.
No word on prices, but the firm said that the basic models will be painted in silver with blue accents in the front fenders with the option of a white finish with red stripes and a blacked out version. Inside, the cabin will be dressed in a red leather and plaid cloth while the instrument panel will be identical to the original 300Sl.
If the project captured your attention, you can contact Arturo Alonso at info(at)gullwing-america.com.