There's a little thing called an embargo on the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class's official photography, set to break in just a couple of days, but, as is often the case with such archaic distribution methods, the gremlins of the web have decided to throw legally binding agreements to the wind and publish the photos anyway, courtesy of the denizens of
German Car Forum
Of course, you probably don't care about all of that: you're just interested in the 2013 SL-Class itself, which is shown off to good effect here.
We could tell you more about the quality, nature, and personal impressions of the design, having seen it in person, but we're going to hold those until the official deadline for the embargo. Not that it will matter much--all will be revealed soon, and the car will be available to the public at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
Check our our tech preview for more details on the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class