Spy photographers clicked off a few images of the newest member of the AMG clan in training. We've already heard Mercedes-Benz is planning a new sports coupe positioned just under the SLS AMG. Designed to take on the Porsche 911, the model will be smaller than its older brother in every way, but it may differ in one other important aspect as well. While the SLS AMG is known for the model's iconic gullwing doors, the SLC hardtop may actually get its wings clipped, bowing with traditional pillar-mounted hinges instead. A convertible model is expected to follow suit sometime later.

Under the hood, buyers will most likely find a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 good for undisclosed horsepower, though an entry model V6 version may find its way to the option sheet as well. While this bruiser was spotted testing at an AMG facility, the bodywork we see here shouldn't be taken as an indication of what the final model will look like, as our shooters report it's merely using a shortened cut-and-shut SLS shell.


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      THE 507
      • 2 Years Ago
      The original gullwing was difficult to get in and out of and the current model isn't much easier. Current technology allows for increased rigidity without the gullwing design, but nostalgia is sometimes an important brand commodity after all. If the gullwing eventually goes away I think the only ones who will miss it will be those who don't have to drive the car on a regular basis.
        Carac
        • 2 Years Ago
        @THE 507
        Not everyone that drives a SLS has flexibility/mobility issues (granted, those most likely to have saved enough to afford one are more likely to have those issues) . I've owned mine for two months now, put nearly 4000 miles on it, and don't have any issues getting in an out. Supercars are unnecessary and superfluous by definition, odd design choices and foibles are what set them apart. Homogeneity is boring. Plus "Dat M159" Mmmmmm
          Carac
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Carac
          I think you're arguing semantics. The purely unscientific act of googling "SLS supercar" returns 2 million hits, and "SLS exotic" 1.69 million. I know that means nothing, just saying. So excuse me profusely for inserting "supercar" instead of "exotic", how dumb I feel.
          Smiley
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Carac
          SLS is not a supercar. It's just an exotic. The only modern Mercedes supercars are the SLR and the CLK GTR. Why is it all the exotic owners are trying to call their cars "supercars" now? While at the same time people who own real supercars don't refer to their low-level exotics as "supercars"? Go out and buy a real supercar!
          Spellchecker
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Carac
          @ Smiley The SLS is a super car. There are different kinds of super cars. The SLS is a combination of everyday practicality coupled to serious performance driving on the track or on backroads. Try doing the former in a Koenigsegg or Pagani.
      Carac
      • 2 Years Ago
      That isn't a SLC, it's an SLS Black Series in camo. The hood vents, widened front and rear fenders, widened rocker panel, and widened rear apron covered in camo (all the panels usually replaced on a Black Series. Notice the indentation behind the rear wheels where there is nothing on the regular.
        Brendan Hummel
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carac
        You could be right, I would have to see them side by side, but this doesn't look any smaller than an SLS... It does appear to be wider and more aggressive, but it is really hard to tell without any reference point if this is in fact just an SLS variant or something else..
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carac
        ^ I'm co-signing this comment! :) And speaking of the SLC, I really fail to see how it "fits" with the current Mercedes offerings, especially since the SLK and SL exist. Seems a bit superfluous...
          Dwight Bynum Jr.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          Lachmund, I didn't say that. However, I DO see it as something that will cannibalize sales from the other two. Contrary to what seems to be your belief, most people that buy $100,000+ sports cars DON'T do so to take them to the track to race their friends' Porsche 911s. :)
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          so the sl or slk are 911 competitors?!
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carac
        wrong. the black series has much wider wheel arches. not sure this is the slc though...could only be a refreshed sls
      TBQ
      • 2 Years Ago
      No gullwing, no care.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      2013 Dodge Viper is better.
      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a mix between Mercedes, Lexus Sc430 rear, 350z headlights, and S2000 nose.
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maddoxx
        You're just naming all the cars, it's ridiculous.
          protovici
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          Synthono, I name all your girlfriends parts and then touch them. It's ridiculous how hot she gets.
      prettycool_huh(ಠ_ಠ?
      WOW. mercedes should realize that no one is going to buy this car without the gullwing doors. the gullwing doors is the only thing that makes it special, and the only thing that would possibly make someone buy this over a porsche 911. the gullwing doors are the "x-factor" that makes the car special, and makes it soooooo much cooler. and i think that without it, the slc wont sell half as much as they project, since theres nothing thats so captivating about it that will make consumers want to buy this car, instead of all the other competitors, such an xkr, a 911, a v8 vantage, an m6, etc. simply put, the slc will fail without the gullwing doors.
        inthelv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @prettycool_huh(ಠ_ಠ?
        I agree. I think mb has lost the cool factor with the exception of the gullwing. I'm not saying they don't sell, but I think It's mostly label ****** as opposed to people who really are into cars.
        Spellchecker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @prettycool_huh(ಠ_ಠ?
        "simply put, the slc will fail without the gullwing doors." Wow, so the SLC needs gullwing doors to be competitive on a track? To be cool? To make people buy it? Are you saying that Kia should put gullwing doors on the Optima to make it sell better to? Come on, get real. The SLS has many other qualities that make it an awesome car. And there's also the SLS Roadster which has no gullwing doors. One of my neighbors in Munich has one and he's a track enthusiast. The roadster is heavier but it combines driving pleasure with open air feeling. And you do realize that the original 300SL has gullwing doors not because the engineers thought it was cool, but because it was a design necessity based on the space frame underpinnings.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm no expert but it seems like this would be pretty close in size/specs/performance to the SLK.
      Brendan Hummel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't get me wrong, I am always a fan of a two door sports car, but how many does Mercedes need? Aren't they worried about the fact that the SL already is a smaller two door that is slightly less expensive than the SLS. As it is, fully loaded, and SL63 comes in dangerously close in price to the SLS, it seems like they are going to be hard pressed to slice that pie any thinner.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brendan Hummel
        this is gonna be positioned against the porsche 911...which other merc is?!
      Tina Dang
      • 2 Years Ago
      I doubt the "SLC" will cannibalize sales of the SL or SLS: SL is a $105k luxury GT roadster, and the SLS is an exotic, performance orientated 2 Seater for $200k. The SLC is a bit of both (like the 911) and may be priced below the current SL, and will cater to a different buyer than the SL. I think of the SLC as the Virage of the Benz lineup. ~SLK, SLC, SL, SLS, SLS GT, SLS Roadster~
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      noone ever said it's gonna be a gulllwing
        Carac
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        In fact, AMG reps have always said the gullwings will remain a unique part of the SLS drama and pantomime and that other product offerings would be more "conventional" in their ingress/egress methods.
      Gubbins
      • 2 Years Ago
      Assuming it is a gullwing design, I'd be interested to see how they engineer a rapid egress in the event of a rollover. In this the age of lawyers that could be an issue.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gubbins
        I think the SLS would be a pretty good indication of how Mercedes would design a gullwing door with rapid egress capability.
      lol_ur_dumb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Err, if it's not going to be a gullwing, why does it have doors that cut into the roof? Just for sh*ts and giggles?
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