Mercedes-Benz officials said that its plans for a front-engined sports car that’s slotted under the SLS have gone on to a decisive phase. In an Autocar interview, the officials said that an official codename has been given to the new V8-powered two-seater. Doing so is typically the first step before the project goes into intensive development and then on to a production phase.
The new sports car is estimated to be priced at £75,000 and is set to be launched in 2014. The two-door is styled evocatively. It was jointly designed by Mercedes-Benz’s regular passenger car department and AMG, its performance car division.
AMG will take over the responsibility to design, develop, and test the car in a move that is similar to the treatment given to the SLS coupé and its upcoming roadster sibling. The officials have named this new model as the SLC, which was last used to refer to a fixed-roofed version of the fourth-generation SL, built between 1971 and 1981.
However, the modern-day SLC will get its own designs for its interior and exterior. After the coupé version is released, a fabric-roofed roadster version will follow in 2016.
The new SLC is slated to share different mechanical and electrical parts with the seventh-generation SL that will arrive next year. This guarantees that development and production costs are prevented from spiraling out of control.
Mercedes-Benz’s management considers the SLC to be the next step in reinforcing plans to create a two-tier lineup of performance cars that have the three-pointed star.
These include cars based on regular models as well as a more exclusive lineup of dedicated cars. The carmaker is pleased with the SLS’s commercial success and its effectiveness at boosting the image of the range.