The Mercedes SLC, which is being developed under the codename C190, is a new Porsche 911-rivalling sports car designed to sit below the Mercedes SLS AMG. It won’t get the fancy upwards opening gullwing doors of the SLS but will get a design inspired by that car, featuring a long bonnet and cab-back profile.
We’re expecting it to use a chopped down version of the same chassis used in the SLS, which will help to cut costs. We’ve seen spy shots of the SLC, which could also be badged GT, confirming how it’ll look and also revealing a set of narrow LED tail lights. So far we’ve only seen shots of the coupe version and our sources have suggested that no roadster variant is being developed for the time being.
The SLS sits in a near-£200,000 price bracket where it’s difficult to achieve big sales. The SLC, on the other hand, is expected to cost from around £80,000 putting it in the same big-selling bracket as models like the Porsche 911.
We’re expecting more expensive models, too, including a top-spec Black Series version that could go head-to-head with the Porsche 911 Turbo. A price of £120,000 is most likely.
Mercedes is developing a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 for use in its AMG models, including the next-generation C63 AMG. In the SLC it should produce around 480bhp but Mercedes could easily tune it up to more than 500bhp for an optional AMG Performance Package.
With those kinds of figures it’ll be able to accelerate from 0-62mph in just under four seconds. That puts it on a par with cars like the Jaguar F-Type V8S, the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
Based on the spy pictures that we’ve seen and information given to us from Mercedes, we’re expecting to see the SLC in the middle of 2015. It’ll be accompanied by many other brand new Mercedes models like a C-Class Cabriolet and an A-Class-based GLA crossover.
The latest information is that Mercedes will continue to sell the SLS AMG alongside the SLC while it decides whether or not to produce a successor to its flagship supercar.