Mercedes-Benz resumes work on SLC sports car, new details emerge

Article by Christian A., on February 5, 2013

Development work on the Mercedes’ SLC sports car has resumed. Sources have unveiled new information about its powertrain and platform. They said that the SLC will be offered with at least three engine options. During the launch, the standard motor will be a version of AMG’s approaching twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with 485hp and 500 lb-ft of torque.

The SLC S is a top-of-the-line model. It is powered by a more impressive version of the 4.0-liter that delivers 585hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. Only one year after the arrival of the SLC in the market, Mercedes will be launching an entry-level model that will be equipped with a 333hp V6, which will be competing against the standard Porsche 911 Carrera. All the variants will distribute power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

SLC will be built on a shortened version of the SLS AMG’s platform. However, the signature gullwing doors of the latter car will be replaced with conventional units to boost structural rigidity and lessen mass. Overall, the SLC is likely to weigh in at about 3400 pounds.

Even if prices from foreign markets hardly ever translate directly to MSRPs in U.S. showrooms, it should be noted that according to sources, the tentative SLS is priced from 70,000 pounds ($110,474) for the V6 model in the UK market.

Meanwhile, the standard V-8 is priced at 80,000 pounds ($126,260) and the high-performance V8 will be priced at 115,000 pounds ($181,500). The launch of the SLC in V8 form is set in 2015, while the V6 model is likely to follow in 2016.

The charm of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG’s style is not only because it is unique but also that it shows that athletic passion. In addition, it also serves to provide a reinterpretation of the lines found on the 300 SL, one of the models that have this excellent design. The pure design of the new SLS AMG reveals the principle present in the engineering of many modern sports cars.

That is, a bonnet that does not go beyond 2 meters and a greenhouse that is place in a low position and more towards the rear. Further, the rear section may be short but comes with its extendable foil, serving to remind those looking for dynamism. This impression is strengthened with the wide track, long wheelbase, and the large wheels. One feature that will definitely bring to mind the 300 SL are the gullwing doors. However, the new SLS AMG also has the well-known wide radiator grille.

It even has that large Mercedes star, as well as the wing-shaped cross fins, which serve as a throwback to the sport car icon’s front section. The front section has been sculptured and it has the three-dimensional effect. In this section, there is also the swept-back and low-set apron that have been fixed to the side. This allows the “Gullwing” to get that more powerful stance, especially when on the road.

Having that attractive inner ambience results in being able to deliver a more dominant aura. The central low-beam bi-xenon headlamp comes with a metallic wing section. These headlamps are bordered at the bottom with the LED daytime driving lights and on the upper portion with a pair of LED indicators. Meanwhile, the short overhangs are able to feed to the proportions. This is the same for super sports cars and their design.

In particular, it has a front-mid low-slung engine that has been set back and a dual-clutch transmission for its transaxle set-up. As mentioned earlier, it is the gullwing doors that serve to highlight the style. It also is the feature that gives the SLS AMG that unrivalled charm. Indeed, the new SLS AMG is able to show a unique statement for its class.

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