Patent Filing Find: Four-Door Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Whoa. That was our first reaction when we saw this news, uncovered by Autoblog. If you have a watchful eye, there is a lot that can be learned from filings with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Those in the technology sector know this in particular; bloggers try to guess Apple’s next moves or future introductions by scouring the site for new filings. Car manufacturers also file things with the USPTO all the time. Some are outliers just to cover the bases, others are things that signal production models – such as new names and technologies. When looking, Autoblog came across some big news – a patent filing for a four-door Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Yes, you read that right. As expected, this car would be anything but a traditional four-door sedan. The SLS has gullwing doors, meriting an unconventional layout if that design trait is to be retained. The filing shows an SLS that sees its wheelbase stretched a bit, adding a set of smaller rear doors.

The doors would be positioned behind the existing gull wings. Aesthetically we aren’t sure how that would work out, but we’re sure Mercedes would figure it out just right. Judging by the drawings, space back there would be far from cavernous – more like a 2+2. That put it on par with the Aston Martin Rapide.

Autoblog reached out to Mercedes, and in typical automaker fashion they responded that they don’t comment on future product possibilities. There is no denial about this though, which is very interesting. The accompanying support documents are in German and include production-like comments on structural rigidity and weight gains due to the added doors and wheelbase stretch. The renderings could be for a concept but we think a production car like this would just be insanely cool – and something entirely from left-field. Build it Mercedes! For more images from the filing, head over to Autoblog.

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Tony Pimpo is a young automotive journalist who lives in Northern California. He believes the future of the automotive industry will depend in a large part on the recommendation of enthusiasts and Generation Y. More than ever, automakers lately have realized the power of Gen Y. Not only in regards to buying power, but in driving opinion and spreading a brand’s message through the internet and various forms of social media. His appreciation for cars formed at an early age, thanks to his dad, who has always been involved with cars in different ways over the years. Tony has contributed to various websites in his pursuits, and is on staff at GMInsideNews, where he has been writing since the age of 12.

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