According to recent reports, the Mercedes-Benz SLC AMG will not only be smaller and less expensive than the SLS, but will also be offered with a smaller V6 engine option.
Though it’s not an accurate conversion, the Mercedes-Benz SLC AMG is expected to start at around £70,000 ($110,000), and is expected to go on sale in 2015. Targetting the Porsche 911 coupe, the SLC will also be offered with an SLS-style V8 engine for those craving more performance.
And despite being considered a successor to the SLS, the SLC won’t feature gullwing doors, helping remove weight from the sports car while enhancing body stiffness. It will be based on an updated version of the SLS’s aluminum spaceframe architecture, though it’ll be modified to hit cost targets.
As for powerplant options, insiders are speculating that the SLC AMG will have two V8 options, with the lower-end model powered by a new 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 with 485 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. The SLC S, which will essentially sport a performance package, will have a noticeably more powerful engine with 585 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque while differentiating itself with bucket seats, carbon-ceramic brakes, and an aggressive aero package.
The entry-level V6 model may not arrive until 2016 and will have the German automaker’s 3.0-liter V6 with 333 hp, making it a direct competitor with the 911 Carrera.
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