As of late, every six years or so, Mercedes-Benz introduces a new sportscar starting with the letters SL. Each one has had some manner of V8 engine, and each successive model tends to be downmarket from the one that came before. There was the SLR McLaren that went into production in 2003 with a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 and a half-million-dollar price tag. Six years later, Mercedes unveiled the SLS AMG with a 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 and an MSRP of around $200k. And in late 2014 – just under six years since the SLS bowed in Frankfurt – Benz is expected to launch the car you see here.

Tipped to be called SLC, it's expected to pack a twin-turbo V8 and take aim at the upper end of the Porsche 911 range. Project C190, as it's known internally, will offer a variety of outputs starting at around 485 horsepower in the base model and reaching as high as 600 hp in the anticipated Black Series model.

The prototype pictured here testing at the Nürburgring is still all taped up, but without any major body cladding, this is our best look yet at the coupe's overall shape. Expect a 2+2 layout (instead of the strict two-seat layouts of the SLR and SLS), probably with conventional doors (instead of the SLR's butterfly portals or the gullwings on the SLS), and with the possibility of a convertible version to follow after it hits the market a little over a year from now.


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      jf.bouchard
      • 1 Year Ago
      The SLS has been around for six years? Weird, it still looks fresh to me.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      While I'm excited for this car, and a fan of MB's latest stuff, this seems like they're just taking their AMG approach of power first and foremost and applying it to a segment where that is a hindrance. The 911 isn't about outright speed, and never has been. And if you're going to try and compete with it outright, just being faster in a straight line isn't going to win over many would be converts. The Corvette has long been proof of that.
      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have to say the SLR is better than the SL65 and SLS
      j2
      • 1 Year Ago
      The SLR was an engineering feat in 2003 and the SLS was a modern take on the classic gullwing and hit it out of the park. I don't see how an fr and an rr are meant to exactly compete. But I'd like to see Mercedes make an rr, but that'll be a cold day in hell.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like it will be just as ugly as it's big brother, SLS BD
        • 1 Year Ago
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      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Meh....just a re-skinned SLK with design similarities from the SLS. A new coupe for the secretaries and girly men to lease... Yawn.
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          Merc1
          • 1 Year Ago
          You're both wrong. My goodness you can look at the car and see the mini SLS proportions, has nothing to do with a SLK or SL. M
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      Judah Richardson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Never been a fan of the SLS or SLR, and it doesn't look like this car will be any different.
      Jamie Houk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Am I the only one that sees a lot of Viper from the A pillar back?
      jrmosery86
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't see how it's going to be a 2+2. So tiny back there.
        Jamie Houk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jrmosery86
        The 911 is a two plus two in most versions. No one sad the seats are usable just that they are there if you find someone small a flexible enough to actually get in to them. The higher performance models do delete them to save weight.
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