A lot of people agree that the problem with the design of the latest generation Mercedes SL is not the profile, but its big, chunky headlights. If we could change anything in this car, it would be those stupid things. However, those who actually know something about design have other ideas.
This is the CoupeTorino, a Mercedes SL converted into a Shooting Brake car by a group of six Italian design students working under the supervision of Mercedes-Benz Design Center in Como. This is a design study, with potential to become a one-off, or maybe even a limited run production car. It certainly looks rather stunning.
In becoming a shooting brake, the SL obviously loses its folding hard top in favour of a curvacious and elegant solid roof that joins hands with a large rear hatch, incorporating a uniquely designed rear window. The designers have kept the standard taillights, but came up with a new design bumper to match the new styling of the rear-end. The bumper and those massively flared rear wheelarches can give tuner some ideas for improving the normal Mercedes SL.
Mercedes-Benz Design Center in Como has already made a 1/4 scale model of the SL Shooting Brake, but now word on production yet.