It took a little online sleuthing but I managed to figure this out.
While driving home from work today, I happened to see a car on the freeway that I knew I had seen before on the same freeway and near the same exit. But the first time I saw it, it appeared to have all sorts of little – for the lack of a better term – small antennae all over it as if it was going through some kind of aerodynamic testing. It had also no visible badging but upon first glance, it was safe to say it was the new Mercedes SL.
Well, today it clearly had a different look to it and this time I was able to grab some spy shots, just as I did with the Kia Soul back before it was available to the public. Here’s what I was able to grab with my phone (cropped for better viewing; click to enlarge slightly):
As if the Michigan manufacturer plate doesn’t give away the fact that it is a legitimate test car, the overall shape of the vehicle definitely hints a the SL. Oh, and those weird things on the underside of the bumper in the image above? They are not part of the vehicle but are a reflection of my car’s vents through the windshield. Sorry for the confusion. Here’s another shot, partially of the side, as the car was going from the 405 to the 605:
I wasn’t able to get a shot from the front but after searching online, I was able to determine that the car I saw was indeed the new SL as the front looked exactly like one:
The only difference was that the car I saw had the front bumper under better cover than the one seen here. Either way, it’s always fun to see these test vehicles roaming around town — and even more fun trying to grab these spy photos.