While the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
is, by anyone’s definition of the concept, a superb automobile, it’s much more of a grand-tourer than it is a sports car. Its price further excludes it from consideration by those shopping for, say, a Porsche 911.
Enter the upcoming Mercecdes-Benz SLC
sport coupe, a car that’s been rumored to exist for the past few years. We’ve reported on it
in the past and we’ve even delivered spy shots
of the car testing at the Nürburgring, but details on the car have been in short supply.
Now, Britain’s Car magazine
is serving up some inside information on powertrains, pricing (in Britain, obviously) and even variants of the SLC to be built. As we previously reported, the SLC will share a platform with the SLS, but will be a bit more agile thanks to a shortened wheelbase and a lighter weight.
Part of that weight savings involves the use of conventional (as opposed to gullwing) doors. Conventional doors also enhance body stiffness, and Mercedes is reportedly building this car to go head-to-head with the Porsche 911 on the track.
Under the SLS-styled hood, buyers will be able to choose from a base V-6 engine (meant to keep cost low) and a pair of V-8 engines. The V-6 model is expected to pack some 333 horsepower, but it won’t hit the market until after the V-8 models are launched.
The mid-range, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 should deliver a rumored 485 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, but an even faster SLC S version is planned. Its stronger V-8 will serve up 585 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, which should position it nicely against Porsche’s next 911 Turbo.
While overseas pricing doesn’t often translate into U.S. pricing, Car
speculates that the base SLC mode will be priced from 70,000 pounds ($110,474) when it hits British dealers in 2016. The mid-range V-8 will likely be the first to market (as a 2015 model), with a base price of 80,000 pounds ($126,256).
If you want the uber-coupe, the SLC S variant is expected to run 115,000 pounds ($181,493), and should come to market soon after the first V-8 SLC coupe launches.
If you’re holding out for the roadster version of the SLC, prepare to be patient. Officially, Mercedes-Benz denies that such a car exists, which likely means that it wants to recoup the SLC’s development costs before pondering an open-air version.