Well this is all kinds of surprising: a brief report in German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, citing unnamed Mercedes-Benz sources, says the SLC sports car has been put on indefinite hold by the company board. The baby gullwing was supposedly deemed too expensive, so it has been placed "under observation." That gives the engineers a chance to redesign the car to fulfill its required niche and profit motives, but the report says there's no way we'll see it before 2014.

Not that we figured on seeing it before 2014 anyway: the SLC, reportedly greenlit seven months ago and charged with being a Porsche 911 fighter, had been scheduled to appear around the time the SLS AMG was ending its life in 2015. It was just caught testing a couple of weeks ago, with rumors being that it would use a twin-turbo V8 and eight-speed DCT, and possibly offer a V6 as well. It would be startling to think that after the success Mercedes has had with the SLS and the sportification of its lineup that it would just completely walk way from a car with a broader appeal and more accessible price. But if and when the SLC does arrive, it looks like those gullwing doors are almost certainly toast.


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      lthrnck68
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everyone seems to want to go retro or something close to it. Let's see Mercedes do it by building the 50s 300SL again.
      ebauer427
      • 2 Years Ago
      "indefinite hold" is German for "makes no sense"
      Robert Nichols
      • 2 Years Ago
      99.5% OF CEO CAN BUY AT LEAST 15 WITH THIER BONUS MONEY..
      bperlow
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't see the point in Mercedes making the SLS "baby" version. I think the current car is overated, and is just a gussied up viper with less performance. If mercedes wants to compete with the 911, they should make a less porky varient of the SL with better handling. Mercedes really should stick with the luxury market, and AMG for wannabe performance. Porsche designs cars far better holistically than Mercedes does. MB would have to change their ways for that to happen..
        Spellchecker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bperlow
        "I think the current car is overated, and is just a gussied up viper with less performance." Sweet. You've actually driven an SLS AMG and a Viper and can make such a claim? Sweet! ^Sarcasm^
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a shame. I'd take the SLS AMG as it is, over pretty much any supercar sans the GT-R and maybe the R8 V10. A lighter, better handling version would even better. If they make it to production they should cut out the manual nonsense and offer a nice dualclutch. Hell, even the Speedshift would be fine.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      jmchladek
      • 2 Years Ago
      As cool as gull wings are, they are a bit silly (unless on a Delorean that is or an original 1950s gull wing Mercedes). The other thing about the SLS AMG monster is it loved to eat tires as Top Gear so effectively demonstrated a few seasons ago. The SLS didn't know what the heck it was as it ate tires, tended to not corner worth a crap and seemed a bit overpowered for what it was (looked like an expensive muscle car to me). To make a real Porsche killer, one needs to go back to the roots of what a sporty car is, light, powerful, but with leech like traction and being fun to drive (and semi no frills, except for the body). I don't know if Mercedes necessarily has figured out how to do that.
      Roken
      • 2 Years Ago
      The SLC was never going to be a gulling, just regular or SLR style doors at the most. There was an article, might have been on Autoblog or WCF, where Mercedes sources said the SLS is the last Gullwing for probably a long time. Makes sense, clearly they would want it to retain this unique feature until it gets a real successor much farther down the line.
      adika3z
      • 2 Years Ago
      no no no need it BENZ car, what for, why need it, showoff or what, if accident and what to do, suck suck benz
      dgforslund
      • 2 Years Ago
      In hockey they say don't go where the puck is, skate to where it is going! The 911 has its die-hard followers and they are all men. The future is women entering and sometimes surpassing men in the top business positions and professional worlds. Mercedes should not look back, but look forward and design a sports car for the aggressive, speed and fun loving woman market. Like it or not, it is the future and it is going to be a sizable market. The 911 will still be there too.
      toni and manny
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only people with more money than brains would own one.They are awesome cars and are everything the company claims they are,but everytime I take it for service it is a major bill to pay,not that I have more money than brains,I have brains but no really enough money to make it eazy to own one.But if you can efford one without going in the hole to buy it .Do it.Great riding car and fun to drive,But when you go to the dealer with it dig deep in your pockets
      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe I'm missing the point here, but the SL550 is a pretty good competitor to the 911 right out of the box. Sure it's a little more portly and ever so slightly more expensive, but for a performance car with a convertible hard-top it's a pretty good value. A compromise, perhaps, between a 911 Carrera S and a 911 S Cabriolet, but perhaps the perfect compromise in some ways. So what's so hard about trimming a few pounds and making an SL coupe?
        Jonathan Arena
        • 2 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        The SL isn't "a little" more portly, it weighs 800 lbs more (NOT including the glass roof)- and thats the new one thats supposed to be 300 lbs lighter. Further, the chassis was not designed to be a sports chassis, as the engine sits up high, and the folding hard-top adds a lot of weight at the very highest part of the car. I'm not suggesting the SL isn't a great car, but it is not even in the same league as the 911 in terms of handling performance, nor will it ever be.
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        The SL has an "old man's car" vibe, a 911 competitor must be fresh and nimble.
        FuelToTheFire
        • 2 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        Agreed. I'd take the SL over anything Porsche makes in a heartbeat.
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