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

Article by Christian A., 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.

Being elegantly and sportily designed, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG expresses dynamism while donning a unique reinterpretation of the lines found in one of the premium carmaker’s design icons – the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. The modern and dynamic design of the new SLS AMG could be considered purist as it exhibits the principles used in contemporary sports car engineering.

This can well be seen on its nearly two-meter long bonnet; a short rear-end featuring an extendable aerofoil and on its low-set greenhouse biased to the rear. The principles of modern sports car engineering could also be seen in the use of large wheels to amplify its wide track, the positioning of its powerful engine, and the employment of transaxle configuration for its dual-clutch transmission. All of these are complemented by the gullwing door – now a modern design cue that can be traced back to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.

Other design cues borrowed from the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and reinterpreted from the Mercedes SLS AMG – also called as the Gullwing -- include its wing-shaped cross fins, signature wide radiator grille and the large Mercedes star on the center.

The stylish dynamism of the new SLS AMG is also helped by its elegantly sculptured front-end as highlighted by its low-set, swept-back front apron. The new SLS AMG also features vertically laid-out headlamps as well as six large cooling air intakes. The headlamps feature a central bi-xenon low-beam unit with a metallic wing section. At the top of this central bi-xenon headlamps are two LED indicators, while on the bottom end are the LED daytime driving lights.

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