Mercedes-Benz has a number of high-performance models in the pipeline, most of which we know are coming. Things like the SLS AMG Roadster, next-generation SL-Class, new SLK AMG, new C63 AMG and even a high-performance C63 AMG Black Series.

However, there apparently are plans within the German automaker to launch yet another high-end sports car, one positioned below the SLS AMG and aimed directly at the Porsche 911.

An inside source has revealed to Autocar that the new sports car, which will feature a front-mounted V-8 and two-seater cabin, has been granted an official codename, which is traditionally the first step Mercedes-Benz cars take on their arduous journey to the showroom floor.

Like the SLS AMG, most of the car’s engineering, development and testing will be handled by Mercedes’ official in-house tuner, AMG, though it will remain a Mercedes-Benz product.

Its release date is reportedly set for around 2014 and both a coupe and a soft-top convertible are expected to be launched.

One of the names bring bandied around is ‘SLC’, a name last used on a variant of the SL-Class produced between 1971 and 1981. The modern iteration of the SLC, however, will have its own unique look although much of its internals will almost certainly be shared with the upcoming 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

Expect plenty of aluminum, possibly some carbon fiber, and a ‘contemporary retro’ look in terms of its styling. Power will likely come from a naturally aspirated version of AMG’s 5.5-liter V-8, which should be good for around 420 horsepower--nothing to get overly excited about but right in line with its expected competition.

Interestingly, this isn’t the only new high-end Mercedes rumored to be in the works. Earlier today we also reported on plans for a new four-door coupe designed to take on the likes of the Bentley Continental GT. Click here for all the details.


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