Mechatronik is restomodding a 70s Merc SL. Yes

By topgear, 13 May 2020

Safe to say, we’re a tad excited about this one. German restomodder Mechatronik has announced it is building a very special Mercedes-Benz SL. Specifically, the R/C107 generation from the 70s and 80s.

Unsurprisingly, it is called ‘Project 107’. The tuner was pushed into releasing these prototype images early ahead of a full technical debrief later this year, because of “rumours having increased over the past few weeks”. Thanks, rumours.

It’ll be part of Mecha’s ‘New-Tech’ department, which is where it takes a lovely old Mercedes-Benz (question: aren’t all old Mercedes-Benzes lovely?) and retrofits the thing with modern toys and equipment to make something wonderful.

One of those toys is of course, the engine. Mechatronik hasn’t yet detailed exactly what unit will reside under the long bonnet of the R107, but earlier New-Tech models like the M-Coupe used a 5.5-litre AMG V8, while an older M-SL used a 4.3-litre V8. Plenty of power for the ol’ bruiser, then.

No doubt there’ll be work done to the suspension, brakes, and interior, and based on the company’s earlier cars, it’ll be an eminently desirable item. “With more than 20 years of experience in our New-Tech Series,” explains Mechatronik, “we came to the conclusion to raise the bar.”

We are excite.

STORY Vijay Pattni

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