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The Suicide Gullwing: Mercedes SLS AMG Sedan?

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On: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 4:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Suicide Gullwing: Mercedes SLS AMG Sedan?

Prior to this week, if we were asked to envision a four-seat Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, it would most certainly have been a 2 + 2 with only the gullwing doors providing entry. After all, the gullwings seem to offer plenty of entry room - just flip that front seat forward and duck into the rear. If some newly leaked German patent filings point to an actual creation, Mercedes has something different in mind.

Mercedes is thinking an actual four-door SLS AMG. Instead of just dropping the gullwings - the way it did on the SLS AMG Roadster - in favor of four traditional doors, Mercedes patent filings show the gullwing doors intact. Since there is no B pillar to attach regular rear doors to, Mercedes goes with suicide doors in the design.

Autoblog, which was the first to find and run a story about the patent filings, says that Mercedes pulled the "no comment" card when asked about the documents. The automaker chose not to deny the materials when offered the chance, however. So, the question is where, if anywhere, is this unique design headed. Is Mercedes planning an exciting concept with gullwings and rear hinges; is it really considering a four-door SLS AMG as a future model ; or is it just indulging the creative proclivities of its design team?

I'm not sure that there's much of a market for an oddly configured, four-door SLS AMG, but I'd sure love to see this thing built out. The combination of open gullwings and rear-hinged doors would definitely turn some heads on the auto-show circuit, even if didn't convince those heads to reach for their wallets for a down payment.

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