Rumors about the Mercedes SLC-Class started awhile back and for a short period of time, it was believed that the new SLS AMG would be called the SLC. Obviously, this is not the case, but hopes for an SLC are still not lost as Mercedes will indeed offer the SLC in an unexpected package.
The SLC-Class will actually be the baby brother of the SLS and will attack the likes of the Porsche 911 . Compared to the SLS, the future SLC will be lighter and slimmer with the use of plenty of carbon fiber and aluminum. In a shocking twist of SLS insult, the SLC will be devoid of gullwing doors.
The less dramatic specifications of the Mercedes SLC have also given way to a cheaper price tag compared to its brother. Expect to pay somewhere under €100,000 (about $145,000 at the current exchange rates).
As a reminder, the SLC name was first used as a market name for the Mercedes C107 from 1971 to 1981. These vehicles were sold in three different versions - 280, 380 and 500 SLC - and were powered by either an in-line-six engine or a V-8 for the top versions. The "SLC" name is expected to be revived sometime in 2014.
Updated 04/15/2015: German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport got its hand on the first set of images revealing the interior of the future AMG GT. Check them out after the jump.
Updated 04/16/2014: Mercedes officially confirmed today that its future sports car will be called AMG GT. Also, the company offered the first details on the AMG GT’s interior.
Click past the jump to read more about the future Mercedes SLC/AMG GT.
UPDATE 11/09/2011: British magazine, CAR, offers new details on the upcoming Mercedes SLC set to be released in 2015 - when the SLS goes out of production. The model will be offered in both coupe and roadster versions and, unlike previous rumors have stated, will only be offered with a 4.0-liter V-8 engine. The model will be built on the same aluminum-intensive engineering layout as the SLS, but it will feature a lighter curb weight, even better handling qualities and exceptional performance.
UPDATE 02/07/2012: Mercedes has finally green-lighted the upcoming SLC-Class, the company’s rival for the Porsche 911/991 . In an interview with AutoCar, AMG boss Ola Kallenius confirmed that the model will be offered in both coupe and roadster versions and will go on sale in 2013. Prices will start from £80,000 (about $125k at the current exchange rates). Expect it to be powered by a 500-horsepower twin-turbocharged 5.4-liter V-8 engine, not the previously rumored 4.0-liter engine. The SLC will sprint it up to a top speed of 180 mph.
UPDATE 07/05/2013: Today we have a new rendering for you for the upcoming Mercedes SLC.
Updated 01/31/2014: In an official press release announcing record sales for its AMG division, Mercedes announced that a new AMG sports car will be unveiled by the end of the year. No other details were released, except that, "later this year, AMG plans to enter a new segment with a sports car it has fully developed itself."
We have based our rendering on all those spy shots we have seen in the past few months. Basically we have tried to remove the camouflage and image what happens deep under. We hope you like the result.
Sure, the AMG GT/SLC-Class is billed almost as the smaller replacement for the SLS-Class, but don’t go and think that Mercedes would mail it by simply scaling down the SLS-Class’ cabin. Nope, this is a clean sheet and damn is it a fine piece of work. All of the buttons are well-placed in the center, and your pertinent performance toggle switches — the ones on either side of gear shifter — are pretty large and easy to read. Speaking of the gear shifter, that thing is pretty sweet in itself with its low-profile stance and sleek appearance.
By looking at all those fancy buttons, I can see that the AMG GT/SLC has five drive modes: I, C, S, S+ and Race. The "I" mode is likely a self-adjusting intelligent mode, "C" is obviously comfort, "S" is sport, "S+" is Sport Plus and "Race" is the "hold onto you champagne fellas, and watch this" mode... From there and moving counterclockwise, we have the start/stop button; traction control toggle button; suspension control, with what looks to be two settings; exhaust-valve control for full throatiness on demand; an "A" with a circle around it that I am drawing a blank on what it could do (maybe to toggle on and off auto start-stop); the manual-shift button to change to the steering wheel-mounted paddles; and one final button that looks almost like a dimmer switch of sorts.
Topping off the center of the instrument panel is a massive touchscreen and four round air outlets that are trimmed in metal — likely aluminum. Just behind the gear shifter is the AMG crest — on the 2014 SLS AMG GT, these crests were on the headrests.
The steering wheel appears to be slightly thicker, and its buttons are more compact than those on the outgoing SLS AMG GT. Unfortunately, the shots don’t give us a clear look at the gauges, but they appear to be of the typical analog variety.
Not to leave the pink elephant in the room unaccounted for, that red-and-black combination on the upholstery really makes the whole thing pop. The matte black of the dash and seats play well off of the black veneer surrounding the gear switch level, while the red provides the perfect color to pull it all together and give the SLC/AMG GT a fast-but-refined look inside.
Oh man, I cannot wait to see the exterior shots...
April 14, 2014 - Mercedes AMG GT Testing on public roads
April 4, 2014 - Mercedes AMG GT spied testing in green
February 26, 2014 - Mercedes AMG GT begins winter testing
From the side, you can see a lot of the same features as the SLS-Class, especially the drastic cab-rearward format that includes a long hood and a stubby trunk.
On the other hand, the taillights will be slightly revised. They will extend further into the trunk lid and wrap further up the rear quarter panel. This is a much-needed revision, as the 2013 SLS AMG GT ’s taillights look way too small for the wide rump.
Ever since Mercedes announced plans to develop a new baby SLS, it also announced the new model will target high-end version from the Porsche 911 lineup, like the Turbo version.
Recently launched on the market, the new 911 Turbo is powered by a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection delivering either 520 horsepower in the standard model or, 560 horsepower in the S version.
The 911 Turbo can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 197 mph.
Gallery Porsche 911 Turbo
If the rumored output turns out to be true, then the SLC will aim against the entire R8 lineup, with the top version going against the R8 V10.
Audi recently updated the entire R8 lineup with some minor changes on the exterior and the interior. Audi also made minor revisions to the V-10 engine, tuning it to 525 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 390 pound-feet of twist at 6,500 rpm. The R8 V-10 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 196 mph.
Gallery Audi R8 V10
A new AMG high-performance automobile is all set for its world premiere in the autumn of 2014. The Mercedes-AMG GT will thrill sports car fans throughout the world with breath-taking design and supreme agility. Fascinating, dynamic - and versatile into the bargain: the GT is destined for a new segment - turning the dream of the authentic Mercedes-AMG sports car into reality.
"The new Mercedes-AMG GT shows that we will be positioning AMG more vehemently and aggressively than to date as a dynamic sports car brand," notes Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "The technological substance of the Mercedes-AMG GT underscores our high aspirations with regard to driving dynamics, agility and sportiness. Following the global success of the SLS AMG, the new GT is the second sports car developed fully independently by Mercedes-AMG. An initial exclusive look at the design of the interior shows what is in store for our customers: a GT sports car in its purest form."
The sensual purity of a superlative driving machine
A sneak preview of the interior provides an alluring foretaste of the new Mercedes-AMG GT: the interior design embodies emotion and sensuality like no other sports car. The uncompromising lines of the interior components and their authentic materials exude a clarity that uses contrasting effects to help define the concept of "modern luxury".
A dominant aspect in the cockpit of the GT is the further stylistic development of the central "aviation design" theme which is typical of Mercedes-Benz sports cars. The dashboard places an extreme emphasis on width, creating an impression of a powerful wing. This effect is supported by the four central spotlight-style vents and the individual vents at the left and right ends of the dashboard. The dominant centre console presents a correspondingly dynamic character: its shaping reminiscent of a NACA air intake and the employed materials suggest that it has been adopted directly from motor racing. Another clever design feature comes in the form of the controls on the AMG DRIVE UNIT, which are arranged like eight cylinders in a V layout, further bolstering the powerful and high-tech impression made by the centre console.
Enough to set pulses racing even when stationary
The interior of the Mercedes-AMG GT also boasts a fascinatingly exclusive look and feel, with the finest materials and outstanding workmanship combining to conjure up a setting that simply exudes class. As such, the exclusive interior of the Mercedes-AMG GT is enough to get one truly hooked on this vehicle even while it is still at a standstill. Designed to set the driver’s and front passenger’s pulses racing even before the car moves off, it provides an enticing intimation of the superlative dynamic performance that can be expected of the new GT when its AMG V8 is brought to life.