Discussion in 'SL-Class' started by Merc1, Feb 21, 2012.
I changed the headlights, it looks better in my opinion.
Yes they do. Hopefully the facelift will actually do what it says and fix those lights.
The new grill does help a lot, but I can't get past the bushy eyebrows. It really screws the front up.
SO much better!!
Exactly my point. How in the earth the lights didn't run parallel to the grill, in the first time. Are the designers amateur? Damm
I have no ******* idea how they didn't... Anybody who compares the two pictures wonders why the designers chose the terrible looking headlights. :t-banghea
I still don't understand. It's sad, as unlike recent Mercs the design is quite uncluttered, without nonsense side lines. When everything was just about perfect, they came and ruin it with those headlights. :eusa_doh:
No they're not amateur. It's the designers pushing boundaries, and not producing the expected. Even if the result is not as conventionally appealing in terms of our current appreciation of aesthetics, it creates debate and in time these incremental changes move the design game on. The lights were done this way to deliberately accentuate the greater emphasis that is being placed on 3 dimensionality in the design process. It may not look good in print, but in time, once we learn, it will look good in person.
It’s exactly how BMW pushed the game forward with their bangle creations.
Purposeful uglyness? (IMO, of course)
I don't think so.
.... Did they?
Yeah, technically they did, of course, but I still think those creations were negative to car design, and we're still in the hangover period, whilst Designers everywhere are desperately clamoring onto being titled "The New Bangle", and we're stuck with all these nonsense details that just don't look pleasing, but are meant to be shocking enough to inspire debate.
What I mean is, basically, it seems like beauty is on the backburner these days, in terms of car design trends, and "cutting edge" is the frontrunner. As in any form of art, that's not a good thing, IMO. I'll take beauty and good design any day over self indulgent, selfish designers who just want to fling ideas at the wall.
This post doesn't really apply to the new SL, btw. I really do like what I see of it so far. But I definitely am not a fan of the headlights, though, if I were in the market for this car, they wouldn't be a true deal breaker at all I don't think (I personally find the CLS's lines to be more of dealbreakers).
Standing ovation, buddy.
Just out of curiosity, checked on the status of the Bangle petition.
It might get tiring to see us complain about it, but complaints are what are needed to garner action. They can't keep ruining otherwise BEAUTIFUL cars with these very time-specific, anti-timeless details. We'll never see another W126 again, if that's the case. I guarantee, wait until 2025, the 2nd gen CLS will look very tired with its "non form fitting" lines, while the 1st gen will probably be considered a classic (I don't think the 1st gen is perfect, but I think it'll age a bit better, due mainly to the lines).
I'll go so far as to say that my beloved W212 E-Class might not age as well as a W211, come 2025. Although, I don't personally group the W212 in with "scribble line M-B Designs", as the car follows one motion (wedge), and is far more coherent than the CLS's, A-Class, B-Class, and presumedly the W222's lines. But, although the W211 looks much too passive for an M-B Sedan, it will always look the same as it did when it was new, non fashionable, timeless, clean, simple, pure. At the same time, I could see the W211 being forgotten and the W212 standing out as a piece of M-B history, as a continuation of the bolder, Classic M-B Sedans. Who knows, maybe same will go for the 2nd gen CLS compared to the 1st Gen.
Only time will tell..... I hate to say it, but the boredom of the F10 has started to make me acquire a SLIGHT taste for the eye sore that will age terribly: The E60.... Does that mean to others it will eventually it go down as a "one of a kind" in history? I.e a Classic in its own right? I would have never thought, nor do I still think, but I do now wonder. Hmm....
Personally, I adore the CLS and I think it looks amazing.
I like it too, I just hate two things about it: Lack of frontal headroom (preposterous functionality of a 4,000 lb 4-Door), and the side lines which try their best to destroy the immaculate architecture of the design. Can't say I hate the car since I love more about it than I hate, but can't say it's in my "Hall of Fame" either.
The SL63 AMG was just listed as future model on MBUSA.com.
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The car looks soooo solid and spartan it's not even funny!
I want an SL again.....even this SL550 has become lust worthy to me now.
Damn... That does indeed look goood.