Latest Info About Mercedes-Benz SLC: Got 500 HP, But Looses the Gullwing Doors

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Mercedes-Benz SLC sports coupe has been working on by the German carmaker. Rumors have been circulating the internet regarding all sorts of things about the unborn baby-SLS. So, what are the buzzers about? Well, from the arrival date of the Mercedes-Benz SLC sports coupe to the name of the car which will reportedly be “SLC” and we have some more spices to add to the ever-growing rumors.

Auto Bild states that the Mercedes-Benz SLC sports coupe actually be a sports car to challenge the Porsche 911. But wait, there’s more! In order to take on the mighty Porsche, Mercedes-Benz will provide the two-seater not with the usual big V8 engine, but with a V6 twin-turbocharged unit which developing between 350 horsepower and 500 horsepower, depending on the variant.

Unlike the Porsche 911 which uses a rear-engined configuration, the Mercedes-Benz SLC sports coupe will faithfully use what it knows best and provide it a front mid-mounted unit.

That is the good news, the bad news is that the Mercedes-Benz SLC sports coupe will not get the same gullwing doors as its predecessor. It is because Mercedes-Benz wants the Mercedes-Benz SLC sports coupe to be able to sell the 350 horsepower base variant at under €100,000 ($144,000).

Mercedes-Benz SLC sports coupe project really puts everything in complete hush-hush. Not much else is known, not even an arrival date of the new sport coupe, but we indicate two possible scenarios. Should the Mercedes-Benz SLC sports coupe be based on the current SLS, it probably will arrive in 2015, but it Mercedes-Benz decide to build it as a replacement instead, it will hit the market in 2016.

Whatever the plan is, the Mercedes-Benz SLC sports coupe will also be conceived in a joint exercise between Mercedes-Benz’s regular passenger car department and its performance car division – AMG. There is even a soft-top version of Mercedes-Benz SLC sports coupe coming in our way in a move that mirrors what Mercedes-Benz is doing with the SLS.


Breaking News: Spyshots on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse

Spyshot 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse

2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse will be revealed on the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show this September. But we got the spyshots of the2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse as we get closer and closer to the launch of the sixth incarnation of one of the biggest icons in the three pointed star on the Mercedes-Bens SL clas.

Our reporter managed to get a set of photos showing the outlines of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse with hard-top convertible. It seems that the Mercedes-Benz SLS rhinoplasty was a complement the bigger fenders which look like those on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse.

Though the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse proportion seem similar to the current model, a closer inspection reveals a few subtle differences such as the shorter rears overhang and the taller bonnet.

Spyshot 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse - rear view

What even more interesting is that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse was in a group of vehicles which included an Aston Martin Vantage Roadster and a Jaguar XK, likely for benchmarking purposes. Now that is what we called cool play-date. Who knows that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse can get along really well with Aston Martin Vantage and Jaguar XK.

Spyshot 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse - side view

We predict that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse will have completely new engine with two variants: a 3.5-liter V6 and a 4.6-lter twin-turbo V8. There is also speculation of a hybrid version of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse, but the AMG 63 is expected to get the impressive twin-turbocharged of a 5.5-liter V8 with upwards of 571 horsepower on tap.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse will be ready for sale in a couple of years. With the recently  revealed 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse and Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse coupe, also the brand new versions of the Mercedes-Benz A-Klasse and Mercedes-Bezn B-Klasse, and last but not least the next generation of the Mercedes-Benz ML. We heard that besides the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse project, the German car manufacturer will also add Mercedes-Benz SLC as the SLS little brother, is a new flagship four-door coupe named Mercedes-Benz uber-CLS.