Mercedes will launch the SLC Coupe (codenamed C197) at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and a roadster version (R197) will follow a year later. It will be badged an AMG, not as a Mercedes.
The coupe and roadster will cost around the same as a well-equipped Porsche 911 Turbo – the target is €150,000 (£105,000) – and in size they are closer to the SLR than the SL.
The design is a mix of retro and modern: there are large, roof-hinged gullwing doors, almost upright bi-xenon headlamps, a classic SL grille, a tapered plan view, LED tail lamps, a motorised rear spoiler and a pair of downforce-producing front and rear aprons. The wheels are 19-inch in the front and 20-inch in the back.
The future Gullwing will be powered by a 6.3-litre V8 engine mated to the new Sportshift box. The output will be around 550bhp. It will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3,8 seconds and will hit a top speed of 185 mph.