• Aug 8, 2007
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KGP Photographers have been following around Mercedes-Benz AMG engineers all day under the hot sun in California's "canyon country" just waiting for the right moment. It finally came when the engineers peeled back the car cover and revealed the mystery vehicle we showed you earlier. See this malforned Viper prototype does little to help us determine what production vehicle this car will eventually become, but we know it's property of Mercedes-Benz and involves the work of AMG, so everyone's best guess appears to be the upcoming SLC super coupe.

The SLC, you may recall, will be a transitional vehicle that Mercedes uses to implement a new all-aluminum space frame in its lineup. The car will be limited to a very low volume, though the processes used to build it will pave the way for aluminum to be injected into the new SL line of cars when they appear in 2012. There have been rumors that the SLC will feature gullwing doors like Mercs of yore, though these spy shots don't support that theory either way.

In fact, all we're able to see are general proportions at this point, and its clear from the extra-long bonnet that this car will be front-engine and rear-wheel-drive. We suppose all-wheel drive is a possibility, though we don't expect the AMG team to abandon their favorite layout.

[Photos: KGP Photography]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      That's the best looking Mercedes I've ever seen... you guys sure it's a Merc? With those smooth lines and single round headlights it's a beauty already, but knowing Mercedes they'll 'signature over-swoop it' and ruin the appeal. Not That I have the $170k it'll cost anyway lol =)
      • 7 Years Ago
      A Merc Viper, kool!
        • 7 Years Ago
        not if it costs you $170k...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks very Batmobile-like. Or a german Corvette. Cool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is obviously a Dodge Viper not an MB car, and even if it's an MB it would be the SL not the SLC, I doubt it's anything other than the new Viper.
      • 7 Years Ago
      :s sometimes I'm really suprised with the level of the comments here...

      Yes, it's a Viper skin: this is A MULE!!! You can forget about any detail of it's outer skin: the only thing real about the way it looks is it's proportions.

      The "can't you see it looks just like..." speach doesn't apply at all.

      And that's why I think this isn't the SLC: we've seen mules of that, and they couldn't be more different.

      It'd say it's a mule for the P8: Mercedes is showing the concept in Frankfurt this year.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is this the mid-engine, Audi R8-fighter that MB is developing? Doesn't look mid-engine, tho?

      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm always a little surprised when readers of autoblog don't grasp the concept of "test mule". Just because it has the skin of another vehicle on it, doesn't mean its that vehicle. *Flash back* to the NSX-in-s2000-skin debacle..
      • 7 Years Ago
      badass
      • 7 Years Ago
      uuuuh, its a test mule. The viper skin that is riveted/welded on will have nothing to do with what the final car looks like. They are just using viper pannels to hide whats under the skin.
      • 7 Years Ago
      SSBR is right. VIPER is the first thing I thought when I saw it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Batman and Robin are going to step out of that thing. U-G-L-Y

      -Dan Grosp
      http://www.grosp.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe thats Cerberus final gift to Mercedes, a Mercedes Viper.

      rolesor.com
        • 7 Years Ago
        You nailed it right on the head... can't Daimler do anything original after screwing Chrysler out of house and home?

        Brad
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