• Aug 21, 2009
Mercedes-Benz SLC AMG Convertible - Click above for a high-res gallery

With the Frankfurt Motor Show right around the corner, Mercedes-Benz is putting the finishing touches on its 565-hp, 6.3-liter AMG SLC supercar. A North American media event is likely scheduled for next month, and lo-and-behold, when we stepped out of the Intercontinental Hotel in Monterey, CA yesterday morning, four mildly camouflaged SLS prototypes were waiting outside.

According to one of our insiders, the M-B crew will be holding a press event in and around the Monterey peninsula (undoubtedly with track time at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca), and the engineers on hand were scouting roads and drive routes ahead of the September shindig.

Although we've seen countless spy shots of the SLS over the last year, this was our first opportunity to see Merc's newest supercar up close, along with the upcoming convertible variant that's likely to be revealed along with the coupe in Germany, or shortly thereafter.

In person, the SLS' dimensions are nearly perfect, with its elongated hood and squat rear end coming off as far more subdued that its McMerc predecessor. Two things to note in the gallery below: first, the Aston-esque door handles are mounted directly in the middle of the doors, which seems like an odd choice considering there's no apparent reason not to install the units below the window on the SLS' strong beltline. Secondly, the convertible variant features a cloth top, although the vinyl camo appears to have a non-functioning zipper that follows the line of the gullwing coupe's doors. We're assuming the camouflage was just adapted to fit the convertible or perhaps it was a bit of visual trickery employed to throw off would-be spy photogs, but it still struck us as strange. Regardless, enjoy the images below and check out the massive carbon ceramic brakes complete with gold Brembo calipers.





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      • 5 Years Ago
      You know, the perfect camo for a prototype would be to slap on some Honda Civic badges. Hideously mutated Civics are so commonplace that no one bats an eye, especially if a dummy fart can was put out back and crappy rap music was rattling the surrounding area.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not that I can tell much but it seems to be an exaggerated S2000 in the side view. I'll like it if the grille doesn't end up looking like a Dodge product.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Call me crazy but it looks like a stylistically toned down Viper. Maybe they're regretting their sale of Chrysler?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "...it seems to be an exaggerated S2000 in the side view..."

        Not really bad thing. The S2000 has the perfect classic sports car proportions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was going to say that too, maybe its just when the front grille emblem is covered, but otherwise it screams Dodge to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is a dodge grill. Merc have been running this car in Viper bodywork to hide what it really looks like. When it gets unveiled you'll probably find it has a nice Mercedes grill on the front.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some serious brakes, the capliars say Carbon something.
        • 5 Years Ago
        attempting what, wasn't sure if they were using carbon fiber or something else to stay on par with the Lambo's and Porsche's
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you attempting to refer to the carbon ceramic brake calipers? Most supercars have those nowadays... hell, they're an option on many sub $100,000 cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That better not be their idea of a gullwing or is that a different project that will be born from this? All they've done is add ford GT doors so that means its harder to get into.
      • 5 Years Ago
      typo, its a 6.2
      MB badges it a 6.3 but its not
      • 5 Years Ago
      Das Viper.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And now we present to you the disappearing comment!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Heh. At first (without seeing the title) I thought the article was about the more-prominent Mazda CX-9.
      • 5 Years Ago
      not a single interior shot. a shame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For a minute there I thought I was looking at a Dodge Viper. This thing looks so much like it I know some people on here compared it to a S2000, but it looks way more like a Viper.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks SO uninspired to me. ESPECIALLY following in the footsteps of the SLR.


      Fail.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dodge Viper, is that you?
        • 5 Years Ago
        for an over the top exotic, i think this car really lacks any kind of extravagance. you compare this to the new Aston, and this car just feels ho-hum. and if this car doesnt have the styling to back it up, the gullwings will be really gimicky. kinda like when people scissor doors on a charger or a civic.
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