Mercedes-Benz will replace the SLS AMG with a new sports car that will take on the iconic Porsche 911. Codenamed C190, the new sports car will drop the 6.2-liter V8 engine found on the current SLS AMG but also the twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 that is used by other AMG models in favor of a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter modular V8.
This new engine will also be used by the next-generation C63 AMG and shares its architecture with the turbocharged 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine currently used by the A45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG models. In order to obtain the best possible weight distribution, the V8 will be mounted low and well back in the engine bay, almost behind the rear front axle.
The new engine will deliver almost 500 hp, which means that the Porsche 911 Turbo will be its main rival. With a weight of 1,550 kg (145 kg less than the SLS AMG), the new sports car will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 4 seconds and a top speed above 190 mph or 305 km/h.
What’s more interesting is that AMG is helped in creating this vehicle by Markus Hofbauer, no other than the man credited with much of the chassis development of the Porsche 991. He is helping the AMG engineers to fine-tune the handling of the new sports car.
Mercedes-Benz used aluminum to create the spaceframe chassis and elements that are shared with the SLS. Meanwhile, the body uses a combination of aluminum and composite panels.