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.
The distinct style of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG captivates with its avid athleticism and reimagines the magnificent outlines of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, an exceptional design icon among the Mercedes-Benz family. With its classical designs, the new SLS AMG reveals the ideals of modern sports car engineering: the hood that is just under two metres, the lowered greenhouse placed far to the back, and the small rear-end with an expandable aerofoil are strong indicators of the exceptional vitality similar to the lengthy wheelbase, the broad track, and the hefty wheels.
The short overhangs add to the dimensions, as much as the styling of the super race car with its low-slung front-mid engine positioned far back and twin-clutch transmission in a transaxle arrangement. An undisputed style accent comes due to the gullwing doors that give the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG its undeniable charm, creating a singular statement in this automotive segment.
The gullwing doors are the component that reminds one of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. The signature broad radiator grille with the big Mercedes star and the winged cross fins are reminiscent of the front of the classic sports car. The 3D, sculpted front with its low, back-swept front apron well positioned into the sides adds the gullwing its aggressive road stance.
Six big cooling air intakes and the upright configured headlights well placed to the outside, with their attractive inner character, give an influential aura: the centred bi-xenon low-beam headlights with their metallic wing portion is surrounded above by two LED indicators and below by the LED daytime running lights.