Mercedes-Benz SLM AMG will get a mid-engine configuration
Remember the rumors about afuture baby Mercedes SLS AMG? Apparently the new model will be called the SLM (with M standing for mid-engine) and will go on sale in 2015 at a price of $165,000.
Mercedes opted for a mid-engine configuration, as a "front-engine sports car would have been too close to the SL, which is an important cash cow for the brand." So, the next SLM will be all about lightness and efficiency, and will also serve as a serious competitor for models like the Audi R8 and the production version of theBMW Vision EfficientDynamics coupe especially with its mid-engine design.
To refresh some old memories about the future Mercedes, the baby SLS was rumored to be a hybrid model. This means it will combine a 350-hp, 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 with two electric motors positioned in front of the driver. The car will borrow the front axle, elements of the battery pack, and the electronics platform from the SLS E-Cell set to be unveiled in 2012.
The future SLM will be offered in both coupe and roadster version, with the coupe being the first to be revealed.