Mercedes-Benz still working on the SLC, despite media reports

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 24, 2012

Although there were some media reports in Germany saying that Mercedes-Benz stopped the development of the SLC sports car a.k.a. its Porsche 911 rival, Autocar says that the German manufacturer is still working on the car. In fact, Mercedes-Benz is gearing up its sports car in order to bring it on the market in 2015.

As expected, the car wants to attract younger buyers and will have the same width as the SLS but it will be shorter. The bad news is that we won’t see the impressive gullwing doors as the vehicle will only get conventional front-hinged doors. Just like the SLS, the SLC will receive an open top version a year later, in 2016.

A lightweight aluminum body was chosen to be used on the SLC and the car will have a kerb weight of around 1480 kg, which is with 100 kg more than the lightest Porsche 911.

The good news is that under the hood we will see 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine delivering around 450 hp. Still, due to development costs, some insiders say that Mercedes-Benz could use the normally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 found on the SLK 55 AMG. More details will be revealed as the SLC will be an interested subject in the future.

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