• Jul 2nd 2010 at 8:59AM
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Apparently the product planners at Mercedes-Benz and AMG have decided that both cheaper and more expensive derivatives of the gull-wing SLS coupe would be too problematic and have instead opted for something completely different. AMG is now reportedly developing a mid-engined SLM to take on the likes of the Audi R8 and a possible BMW supercar.
While reusing components from the SLS would have been preferable from a purely financial perspective, it could cannibalize the SL, while something even more upmarket from the SLS might prove too hard to sell in the current economic environment.

The SLM is expected to focus on light weight and a smaller boosted engine, possibly paired with electric motors. The front wheels could be driven by the same motors used in the battery-powered SLS E-Cell while the engine would drive the rears. If this hybrid configuration is utilized, the SLM would also theoretically be a direct competitor to a production version of the Porsche 918 Spyder.

[Source: Automobile]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks a little like an R8 w/an MB schnoz.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah I thought the exact same thing when I first saw it. Although with that said I don't think that's a bad thing at all!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the Chrysler Four-Twelve.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog sucks!

      I gave them this story from another non-automotive but fairly credible source and they completely ignored it!

      Not the first time they did it either, as they haven't been taking any of the other stories which they eventually published separately anyway!

      Oh well screw them...last time I send them something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks very nice!

      Hopefully they make gas and hybrid versions to really get the most out of this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have to say that rendering looks BAD ASS!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is an absolutely beautiful rendering, I agree. I REALLY hope it comes to fruition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am not sure about this car, but all cars in BMW 7 series class should be hybrids. They are not "performance" cars, owners obviously have money and will not mind parting with 3K-4K just to get a car they really like, which makes them perfect to develop and fine tune a new powertrain system.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn, that is a mean looking Mercedes! Definitely a departure from what you would typically expect from Mercedes' design house though. The front end is very much Mercedes but the overall body shape would be something very new for MB. It would be awesome to see them create something similar to that rendering, but its probably best to not hold your breath.