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Last we heard, the Mercedes-Benz SLC had been put on indefinite hold, but now Car Magazine is reporting that the Porsche 911-fighting "Baby SLS" coupe could be on sale by 2015. Riding on a modified SLS AMG chassis, the smaller and lighter SLC could be priced in the sub-$100,000 price bracket.

We'd already heard that the new car would feature conventional doors (instead of SLS-like gullwing doors), but this report focuses on some of the possible powertrains Mercedes-Benz is likely to use. At launch, the SLC could offer a pair of V8-powered models – a 485-horsepower SLC and a 585-hp SLC S – both being powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. About a year after launch, a new V6 model could emerge giving the SLC an estimated 333 horsepower and its lowest price point.

It also sounds like the car's name hasn't been completely finalized as some people within Mercedes are favoring a return of the SLR name.


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      sparrk
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think they will use the SLR name, that name should be reserved for the top Mercedes, a car that competes against the Porsche 918, not the 911.
      Sorten Borten
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Porsche 911 has been in production for 50 years, and just today I've read about two companies that working on cars to compete with it. Amazing.
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sorten Borten
        I guess they finally realized the 911 is not just a fad.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is the fire hydrant an on-borad fire suppression system?
      john
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks quite promising, I dig it.
      notyou
      • 2 Years Ago
      MBZ' problem, of course, is that they no longer have a nextgen Viper in development at a recently acquired Chrysler to steal and rebadge as their flagship supercar.
        onewayroll
        • 2 Years Ago
        @notyou
        The problem of course is that you have no idea what you are talking about.
          notyou
          • 2 Years Ago
          @onewayroll
          Hey, I read it here first: http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/16/report-dodge-originally-developed-sls-amg-to-be-next-gen-viper/
        Luis A. Martinez
        • 2 Years Ago
        @notyou
        Just right on the point,but the sad thing is they are with Nissan and stealing his power,already the infinity have to change the G name on the sedan so they can put up a Nissan juke with the GLK name on it. Sad they can be the best any more sinse the 90's starting with the original ML ( develop by Ssan Young to the new ML,GL made of a Grand Cherokee ) so many junk Benz on trade that is not funny,problems with air spring is number one,trim pieces falling out and many more. They stole Chrysler technology and if you look at the first run of test mules you can see the Viper influence like a real car enthusiast know!!
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Luis A. Martinez
          you both guys made me laugh pretty hard. ignorance is bliss i gues.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      johnbravo6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, they'd better figure out how to put a manual transmission in it.
      may2nic
      • 2 Years Ago
      I applaud mercedes benz for their efforts. I hope it pans out well. The thing is, the 911 is sporty-yes but at the same time has a classy and mature look to it. One can don a suit and drive/drift to a dinner at the white house in a 911 carrera and no one would judge them. The SLC design on the other hand, while nice, is too polarizing and "out there". Most people who are able to afford these cars are usually older than 25.
      Brendan Hummel
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am always happy to see the potential for more sporting cars existing, however, I can't help but question the direct competition within Mercedes' current lineup of cars, how will the SLC differentiate itself from the already existing SL63, I understand the pricing will be different, but how much different, once we start getting into the higher end versions of the SLC? The price points seem to be pretty similar, and for that matter so do the hp ratings. If I were Mercedes, I would be less concerned about the SL poaching sales from the SLC, than the opposite scenario. Regardless, the SLC should be a much more sports focused car, as opposed to the SL's somewhat "grand tourer" nature, so I am glad to see it is in the pipeline. But, will the SL become obsolete? Time will tell...
      ststranger
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I can get those big meaty rear tires on the production version we might be able to talk...
      Tony McCoy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those shots were confirmed as being of an SLS AMG Black Series prototype - last year.
      EDH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone know what transmission options will be available?
        audisp0rta4
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EDH
        Don't think anyone really knows, but don't expect to kick a clutch pedal...
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