• Aug 6, 2008

Fans of the classic Gullwing Mercedes 300 SL have been eagerly awaiting the new Gullwing SLC supercar, which Mercedes' tuning house AMG has been spied working on over the last year. But if emerging reports are to be believed, the SLC won't wear a Mercedes badge at all. The true successor to SLR McLaren will reportedly be the first vehicle to be badged exclusively as an AMG product, forgoing the vaunted three-pointed star altogether.

Reports also indicate that with dimensions of 4650mm long, 2700mm wheelbase, 1950mm wide, and 1250mm high, the SLC will be similar in proportions to a Ferrari F430. Project C197, as the Gullwing SLC is internally known, is expected to make its debut at the 2010 Geneva show, with a cloth-roofed convertible R197 version to follow a year later.

[Source: Car via eurocarblog]



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      Michael D.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Moving along nicely, I see, something great to look forward to!
      Only thing, I can't see how it would be "proportioned like a Ferrari F430 - the Ferrari F430, as hot as it is, is a rear-engined car, this SLC is a front engined car, or perhaps a front/mid engined configuration.
      Maybe they meant to say "proportioned like a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano".
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      When Mercedes Benz decides to make a car that's dedicated to going fast and street friend, i.e. losing 400lbs and still weighs 4k lbs, I believe pigs will fly.

      Also don't say the CLK-GTR was because that was a race car with an interior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Would be cool if they produced an affordable Gullwinged sports car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Viper test bed these are really old pics.

      McClaren and MB have already split up, what is the big surprise here. As for AMG splitting, it does make sense for 2 reasons. In the markets that AMG is big IE Socal where 50% of all AMG's go it will upscale the brand a little more, to compete with the Brabus cars. Also depending on how exactly AMG fits into MB empire, if this car is based on a production platform there may be DDR registration reasons to have it not a MB, ie cafe or "non modified" Much like how Ruff and Alpina are not owned by BMW and P, and the cars are registered as Ruff or Alpina.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No Merc badge? I'm not sure why they'd wanna do that. Everybody would know it's a Mercedes anyways, and it wouldn't make it any more desirable. It's already gonna be available in limited numbers. Not sure how much sense that makes but hey, whatever works for them.
        • 6 Years Ago
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        I frankly don't believe that it won't have a MB badge. A supercar like this will add more cache to MB.

        And, in turn, being a MB will stand it out from the field of many second-tier car manufacturers/tuners.
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      • 6 Years Ago
      Viper for sure.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Either bring it to the Maybach brand or leave it with MB. There's no reason to spin-off the AMG brand.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they are using a Viper as a test mule, you assume the SLC will be front-engine and RWD. Then, how can it "be similar in proportions to a Ferrari F430"?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not being an MB makes no sense. Especially if is called an SLC.