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2016 Mercedes-Benz SLC Rumors Return: 585 HP Black Series

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The idea of a smaller, nimbler version of the gullwing SLS AMG coupe is attractive in many ways. It's even more attractive when wrapped in Black Series trim and given 585 horsepower.

That's what the latest rumors say will happen with the Mercedes-Benz SLC when it arrives around the end of 2015. But instead of slotting in beneath the SLS, it will replace it, reports Auto Bild.

Aiming at the Porsche 911 on performance targets, the latest reports say the SLC should be about 150 pounds lighter than the SLS, while offering a range of models, including a base 485-horsepower version, an S version good for 550 horsepower, and the 585-horsepower Black Series.

The source of all fo this horsepower? Most likely AMG's 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, particularly for the S and Black Series. It's not yet clear if a twin-turbo V-6 engine option could be offered. Mercedes-Benz has just such an engine in the works for the 2015 E Class coupe and cabrio, so a future AMG version might make good sense.

The SLC may also expected ditch the gullwing doors for a standard configuration, though photographs of test mules so far have shown gullwing doors--perhaps an artifact of the SLS basis of the mules.

As for pricing, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLC is expected to cost about $100,000 to start in the U.S., rising up to nearly the $200,000 mark for a loaded Black Series. 


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