The Weeknd Flaunts A Refashioned Mercedes-Benz AMG® 300 SL At The Super Bowl LV Halftime Performance

February 8th, 2021 by


The Blinding Lights singer, The Weeknd made his dramatic debut at the Super Bowl LV halftime show, but he wasn’t the only one to make a star-studded appearance. In the first 30 seconds of the performance, we see The Weeknd sitting in an incredibly suave 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, which secretly rocks a supercharged V6 2022 SLk 32 AMG®.

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, signed a promotional deal with the luxury automaker two years ago in order to promote the latest AMG® GT Roadster in his “Blinding Lights” music video, as well as the EQC electric SUV in a Mercedes-Benz commercial. The opening of the halftime show featured a Las Vegas-themed set, which is similar to his music video with the Roadster.

Car builder John Sarkisyan revealed that his 300 SL design was the car showcased at the Super Bowl via his Instagram. Sarkisyan is known for his spectacular Porsche builds, however, it is clear to us that his talents extend beyond just one automaker.


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Youtube channel, Hoonigan Autofocus recently highlighted the rockstar speedster, which has a cutout in the hood to flaunt the SLK 32 AMG®’s supercharged V6.

Although the car is easy to identify, it’s still very distinct. The vehicle has a 2002 SLK 32 AMG® hiding underneath, similar to Sarkisyan’s S Klub preceding 300 SL Gullwing coupe. The SLK 32 AMG®’s wheelbase is identical to the 300 SL’s, which made the switch seamless. What this means is that there are lots of inconspicuous modern features that are embedded like the stylish 300 SL-like dashboard and power steering, as well as air conditioning and McIntosh stereo.

In just a matter of four months, the S Klub transformed the 300 SL from a bare shell coupe into the dynamic speedster seen at the halftime performance. Fun design elements included an intense red leather interior and Porshe Speedster seats, as well as corresponding red accents, a Porsche 365 Speedster windshield, an Airlift air ride, larger Brembo disc brakes, and extended fender flares over large HRE wheels, which only scratch the surface of all of the upgrades.

A great deal of the body is made of fiberglass. The character lines were also kept down the side of the car, even with the incorporation of the fender flares, which according to Sarkisyan was quite difficult.

The S Klub also excelled at tacking on real parts like grilles, headlights, taillights, and badges, which were all tailored to serve as the 300 SL’s perfect match. An example of this was the new grille, which was purchased by the Mercedes Classic Center.

Sarkisyan also states that the company keeps a craftsman on site who adept in creating hand-made traditional SL grilles as is when the SL was new.

At Mercedes-Benz of Washington, you too can have a Super Bowl experience, as we have a wide range of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, including the SL Roadster (or ones like it). All of our models are equipped with a dynamic engine and are incredibly stylish. Those who interested in any of our vehicles can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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