Mercedes-Benz SLC: more details revealed, will receive a new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 12, 2013

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.

If you liked the article, share on:


Login or Create new account to add a comment!


Mitsubishi is now officially part of the Renault-Nissan alliance after Nissan took over the Japanese car company recently. We know a lot has been happening in the car industry, but...
by - October 24, 2016
Driving the newest 2017 BMW 5-Series (G30), Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men) returns to his role as “The Driver”. In this latest installment, what initially starts as a simple...
by - October 24, 2016
Many had wished that a Lamborghini Huracán Superleggera would somehow make a surprise debut at the recently held Paris Motor Show. Sadly, not a single Lamborghini appeared anywhere in sight....
by - October 24, 2016
Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing teamed up for the first time in creating what looks like one of the most ferocious beasts in history. The British car manufacturer has...
by - October 24, 2016
German premium carmaker Audi is reportedly planning to buy back around 25,000 Audi Q7 SUVs powered by its 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine in the United States. The buyback should compensate...
by - October 24, 2016