2016 Mercedes-Benz SLC450 AMG Sport Spy Shots

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When Mercedes-Benz’s SLK is rebranded an SLC later this year or early next as part of its mid-cycle update, there will be a new variant among the fold. The new variant will be an AMG Sport model designed to sit somewhere between the most potent standard model and the dedicated Mercedes-AMG offering.

This prototype for the upcoming SLC looks like the convertible sports car’s new AMG Sport variant, likely to be classified an SLC450 AMG Sport when it finally makes its auto show debut. Clear giveaways include the sportier bumper up front with extended splitter; large, cross-drilled brakes; and quad-exhaust tips. Note, dedicated Mercedes-AMG offerings also feature quad-exhaust tips but these are typically square-shaped.

Under the hood should sit the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 fitted to the C450 AMG Sport, an example of which looks to be trailing this SLC450 AMG Sport prototype. The engine, which is also found in the GLE450 AMG Sport Coupe, currently generates 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. In the SLC, that should equate to 0-60 mph times of under 5.0 seconds. Top speed will almost certainly remained capped at 155 mph.

Right now it’s not clear what Mercedes’ plans are for the dedicated Mercedes-AMG version of the SLC. In fact, we haven’t even seen a prototype yet. It’s possible the car will adopt the Affalterbach tuner’s new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, meaning Mercedes may soon be without a naturally aspirated V-8 model in its lineup (the current SLK55 AMG features a 5.5-liter V-8 rated at 415 horsepower), though it’s just as likely that we'll have to wait until the car’s next generation to see this change happen.

Stay tuned for updates as development continues.

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