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2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC

2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLC
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    241 @ 5500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    273 @ 1300
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph
  • Price:
    45000 (Est.)
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Mercedes announced the SLK back in 1996 and dropped it into showrooms in 1997. Since then, more than 600,000 units have been sold, but the roadster’s reign has come to an end – at least as the SLK anyway. Set to be launched in spring of 2016, the Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class replaces the SLK, but only in name and not in spirit – the SLC will continue the SLK’s reign, sharing at least some of the C-Class DNA.

As Daimler AG Board of Management member Ola Kallenius put it, “In 1996, Mercedes-Benz redefined the roadster with its innovative vario-roof, and combined open-air driving pleasure with uncompromised comfort in poor weather. The renamed compact roadster remains an ideal combination of passion and common sense, appealing to both the heart and the mind.”

What you’ll find as you browse the official pictures of the new SLC is that it carries a lot of the same design queues of the SLK it replaces. But, the SLC also has its own design characteristics, such as redesigned bumper covers and body trim, as well as new technology. On the U.S. market the SLC will debut in two trims, at least at first, with the SLC300 being the entry level model and the SLC43 being crowned as the high-performance variant. So, what will we see when the new SLC-Class hits showroom floors? Keep reading to find out.

Updated 12/16/2015: Mercedes dropped the official details on the new SLC-Class - aka the facelift version of the previous SLK.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster

The Mercedes SLC came about as a replacement for the SLK – a model that experiences sales beyond the 600,000 mark over it’s near 20 years of life. The SLC came to take its place sporting a lot of the same C-Class DNA of its predecessor along with a four-cylinder engine that was good for 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It might not sound like a lot on paper, but the little roadster could hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, a commanding figure for a vehicle of its size. Of course, Mercedes also added an AMG SLC43 to the lineup as well, which brought a 3.0-liter V-6 into the mix. It delivered 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. It could hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. But, I digress. We’re here because we’ve selected the SLC as our wallpaper of the day and we want you to give it some desktop love too. We have hand-picked our favorite wallpaper but included a gallery below if you want a little something different. Go ahead and pick out your favorite!

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Could We Be Saying Goodbye To This Once Popular Mercedes Model

Could We Be Saying Goodbye To This Once Popular Mercedes Model

Say it ain’t so, Mercedes!

The downside to having a growing portfolio of models is that at some point, automakers will have too many models on its hands. The addition of new models could even lead to the elimination of others and that appears to be the case with Mercedes-Benz, which is reportedly considering getting rid of the SLC, the once popular roadster that also went by the “SLK” nameplate in the past.

A report from Automobile Magazine revealed that the German automaker’s new sports car strategy will revolve around changes to both the SL and AMG GT models, including the possibility that both models will end up sharing a new lightweight architecture. The latter, in particular, is expected to remain a two-seater in its next iteration whereas the SL is expected to receive a classic folding soft-top in place of the retractable hardtop seen in current models. But neither of those things are the biggest news to come out of the automaker’s new strategy. Conspicuous by its absence in Mercedes’ future plans is the SLC, which has apparently “disappeared for good in the cycle plan.” This development is an interesting turn from the company’s past rhetoric about the model, which was supposed to be redesigned to fit into Merc’s new MSA platform. The automaker has yet to confirm or deny the fate of the SLC, but if this report holds true, it appears that the Mercedes SLC’s fate isn’t looking too good at the moment.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

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2017 Mercedes SLC-Class RedArt Edition

2017 Mercedes SLC-Class RedArt Edition

Mercedes’ under-appreciated sports car finally gets some special edition love

The Mercedes-AMG GT may be grabbing all the headlines these days, and for good reason. The whole family of GT models are incredible and whatever attention they get is well-deserved. But let’s not forget about this fact either. The AMG GTs are not the only sports cars Mercedes has in its lineup. One of them, the Mercedes SLC-Class, receives far less attention, but let it still be said, the SLC-Class still holds some weight as a solid sports car so it’s only fitting that it’s finally getting the attention it deserves in the form of the SLC-Class RedArt Edition.

Yes, the SLC-Class is getting a special edition model and it’s a well deserved one at that. It’s time Mercedes’ entry-level roadster got some of that SE love, right? Better late than never then because here it is, and even better, the RedArt Edition is not limited to a specific trim of the SLC-Class but instead is available to the whole lot of them. That includes the SLC 180, 200, 250d, 300, and for good measure, the AMG SLC43 too.

So what makes the SLC RedArt Edition a true special edition? Like most models that receive such a designation, the SLC RedArt gets infused with visual upgrades in the exterior and interior. The quantity of exclusivity isn’t that much, but they’re enough to separate this model from the standard lot. There’s even an option to infuse a little bit of “AMG-ness” into the roadster, and we all know what that could do to a sports car that’s already teeming with sportiness.

All told, the SLC RedArt Edition is worth the name it’s been given and it makes a pretty compelling case as an interesting option for those who are in the market for an SLC-Class.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLC-Class RedArt Edition.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC

2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC

Mercedes announced the SLK back in 1996 and dropped it into showrooms in 1997. Since then, more than 600,000 units have been sold, but the roadster’s reign has come to an end – at least as the SLK anyway. Set to be launched in spring of 2016, the Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class replaces the SLK, but only in name and not in spirit – the SLC will continue the SLK’s reign, sharing at least some of the C-Class DNA.

As Daimler AG Board of Management member Ola Kallenius put it, “In 1996, Mercedes-Benz redefined the roadster with its innovative vario-roof, and combined open-air driving pleasure with uncompromised comfort in poor weather. The renamed compact roadster remains an ideal combination of passion and common sense, appealing to both the heart and the mind.”

What you’ll find as you browse the official pictures of the new SLC is that it carries a lot of the same design queues of the SLK it replaces. But, the SLC also has its own design characteristics, such as redesigned bumper covers and body trim, as well as new technology. On the U.S. market the SLC will debut in two trims, at least at first, with the SLC300 being the entry level model and the SLC43 being crowned as the high-performance variant. So, what will we see when the new SLC-Class hits showroom floors? Keep reading to find out.

Updated 12/16/2015: Mercedes dropped the official details on the new SLC-Class - aka the facelift version of the previous SLK.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC43

2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC43

Mercedes is undergoing a whole host of changes within its lineup, as it updates its styling, platforms, engines, and names. Having already updated most of its car and crossover lineup, the Germans are now rolling out the SLC and its beefed-up AMG brother. Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t a brand-new car, but a facelift to the existing SLK roadster.

The renaming of the brand’s smallest two-door is part of Mercedes’ recent strategy to highlight the close relationship of its models to the platforms they’re derived from. Since the SLK was closely related to the C-Class, Stuttgart replaced the K with the C, giving birth to the SLC. The name itself isn’t exactly new. Mercedes offered an SLC from 1971 to 1981 alongside the R107-generation SL. Distinguished by the longer wheelbase and louvered C-pillars, the SLC replaced the W111-generation coupe and was replaced by the W126 S-Class Coupe (C126).

Back to our model in question, the AMG version was also renamed, receiving a new two-digit combination. Previously known as the SLK55, the performance roadster will be marketed as the SLC43 from now on. The new nomenclature also comes with a new engine, as AMG dropped the familiar naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8. Surprisingly enough, the new unit isn’t the 4.0-liter V-8, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more about that.

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2017 Mercedes SLC Caught On The Road: Spy Video

2017 Mercedes SLC Caught On The Road: Spy Video

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK is due for a mid-cycle refresh, and this recent video of a test mule spotted in Germany gives us our best look yet at the 2017 model. But, the biggest changes won’t be to the exterior. Rather, the SLK’s name will change to SLC and a whole new range of engines will be available.

Visual updates include a slightly re-sculpted rear fascia with larger exhaust outlets. The uncovered taillight assemblies on this prototype appear to be different from the ones we saw on a prototype back in April, and, with the exception of some reconfigured LED bulbs, are almost identical to the ones on the current SLK. Out front, the SLC gets a new concave grille, re-shaped front fascia and new headlamp assemblies.

Expect the SLC to be available with three new more-powerful, yet fuel-efficient engine options: SLC300, SLC400 and SLC63 AMG. The SLC300 starts things off with Mercedes’ 241-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the SLC400 gets a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 producing 329 horsepower. The SLC63 will sit at the top of the range with the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT, producing 469 horsepower.

We’ve yet to see any interior shots of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC, but expect it to remain mostly unchanged from the SLK, with some new interior color options and infotainment updates. We’ll be sharing more on the SLC as we have it, but for now, check out the video to see what differences you can spot.

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2017 Mercedes SLC 450 AMG Sport

2017 Mercedes SLC 450 AMG Sport

Later this year, Mercedes-Benz will be replacing the SLK-Class with an updated version of the car called the SLC-Class, and while we spotted this new roadster testing in limited camouflage in April, our spy photographers have once again caught up with the hard-top roadster revealing a few more changes to the lineup. At first glance, it’s hard to spot any major changes between the two prototypes, but upon closer inspection, this car can be seen wearing bigger brakes, fatter tires and a more aggressive body styling.

With these minor changes that don’t seem to be wild enough for an AMG model, it looks like the SLC-Class will be getting one of the new AMG Sport models to give customers a little extra performance without having to step up to the full-bore AMG model, which is meaner and faster, but more expensive. As Mercedes tries to better align its growing lineup of models, this middle-ground roadster will most likely be called the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC450 AMG Sport, following the nomenclature of the recently introduced 2016 C450 AMG Sport.

The purpose of the AMG Sport models (which will likely be used on most Mercedes models) is to bridge the performance gap, and to avoid any confusion between the new AMG Sport models and the true AMG models. The latter will now wear Mercedes-AMG branding – like the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 – while the AMG Sport models will continue to carry the standard Mercedes-Benz name.

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Mercedes Plans Three New Convertible Models

Mercedes Plans Three New Convertible Models

With convertible weather already upon us, the current stock of drop-tops is definitely on the decline, but over the next couple of years, Mercedes-Benz will have three new convertibles in its portfolio. There will be updated versions of the SL-Class and SLK-Class, and a convertible version of the AMG GT.

Expected to debut next spring, the SLK Roadster will get a significant design update, but more importantly, it will also be renamed the SLC-Class to better fit in with Mercedes’ rebranding. Soon after the SLC-Class debuts, the SL-Class will undergo its own styling refresh to a bolder and more aggressive design. In recent months, we’ve seen spy shots of both updated convertibles running around Germany.

At the top of Mercedes’ convertible lineup, the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster is expected to debut by 2017. Taking the place of the dearly departed SLS AMG Roadster, the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster will stand as the performance-oriented convertible with AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 under the hood cranking out 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, but unlike the SL and SLC, the AMG GT Roadster will stick with a more conventional (and weight-saving) soft top rather than a retractable hard top.

The SL will continue to be positioned against the 2016 BMW 6 Series Convertible, white the AMG GT Roadster will take on the 2016 Porsche 911 Convertible.

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Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Mercedes-Benz is planning some pretty major updates to the entirety of its product line. In a bid to fill every nook and cranny of the luxury auto market with some form of the three-pointed star, the company recently announced its intention to release eleven all-new models over the course of the next five years, which is in addition to ten new plug-in hybrids scheduled for release in the next three years.

To help sort through the glut of new cars, Mercedes has come up with a fresh nomenclature system that will be applied to all upcoming releases going into 2015. This system differentiates between vehicles via one to three upper case letters, which designate the car type (“GL” for SUVs/off-roaders, “CL” for four-door coupes, “SL” for roadsters, etc.) and core model series (A, E, S, etc.), plus lower case letters for the drive system (“d” for diesel, “h” for hybrid, etc.).

With this information in hand, we can breakdown the future model lineup with relative confidence, filling in the gaps as we go.

What new models will we see coming from Mercedes? Read on to find out.

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Video: 2015 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Testing at Nurburgring

Video: 2015 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Testing at Nurburgring

As the 2014 New York Auto Show finally revealed all of its mysteries last week, you’ve probably noticed that the brand-new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT was not among them. Far from shocking we may add, as the NYIAS scenario wasn’t very likely in the first place.

And that’s because the Germans are still testing the sports car. In fact, they have recently switched from public road try-outs (check out our previous spy shots here and here) to more enduring race course tests. Where? At the Nurburgring track, of course, the place where all sports cars go to prove themselves.

Having new footage with the AMG GT is great news, but the included video is exciting and somewhat disappointing at the same time. The good news is that we’re finally getting a taste of that new 4.0-liter V-8 engine. As expected, it comes with a throaty exhaust note as a strong argument that downsizing isn’t necessarily bad.

The bad news is that there’s no skin for us to ogle at, with the coupe still wrapped in its annoying camouflage. However, there is a tiny detail that shows up in the video: the engine’s radiator is now covered by Mercedes’ signature grille with the three-pointed star right in the middle. We know it’s not much, but it’s nice to see some progress.

As we’ve previously reported, there’s no info as to when and where this sports car will be unveiled, but we have reasons to believe it will happen at the Paris Motor Show this fall.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes AMG GT Caught on Public Roads

Spy Shots: Mercedes AMG GT Caught on Public Roads

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz AMG GT has just been spotted on public roads again, which means the highly-anticipated sports car is getting ever closer to finally losing its covers. Unfortunately, the reveal date is still a well-guarded secret, with rumors claiming the Stuttgart-based automaker could unveil the vehicle at any time over the next six months. The most optimistic scenario says it’ll hit the stage at the New York Auto Show this week, but we advise that you take that scenario with a pinch of salt.

Last time our paparazzi set their lenses on the AMG GT, the SLS replacement was wearing a crazy green wrap that made it look like it had been born in the Amazon jungle. Although the prototype we came across recently is less eye-stabbing, its body is still hidden under camouflage to further fuel our frustration.

Sure, we do know that the AMG GT will replace the SLS and thus it will borrow most of its styling cues from the latter. We’re also pretty sure it will carry a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine under the hood, with up to 500 horsepower set to motivate the wheels. But how about some skin, Mercedes?

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Spy Shots: Mercedes AMG GT Looks Crazy In Green

Spy Shots: Mercedes AMG GT Looks Crazy In Green

What’s green and starts with a "C?" No, it’s not creme de menthe, nor is it a cucumber. It’s the craziest factory-build Mercedes-Benz that hit the streets this year. And before you say anything, it’s not eco-friendly either. It’s actually from the gas-guzzler kin, because its name ends with "AMG" and "GT."

Yes, you guessed it, we have a new set of spy shots featuring a prototype model of the upcoming Mercedes AMG GT, the sports car that’s set to replace the SLS AMG. We’ve saw the car earlier this year, while it was stretching its legs in cold Scandinavia, but at that time it was wearing a more common camouflage.

We have no idea as to what prompted the Germans to wrap their mule in a wacky, toxic-green suit that reminds us of the poisonous dart frogs living in the South-American rainforest, but we might as well do a recap on the AMG GT.

What we know so far is that the new sports car will be primarily aimed at the Porsche 911, and that it will be powered by a brand new 4.0-liter, V-8 plant. Don’t let the displacement fool you, this unit is expected to send up to 500 horsepower through the seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

Naturally, the AMG GT will resemble the SLS AMG in terms of styling, as it will share some of the technologies found in the latter, including a modified aluminum space frame. However, further updates should make the former lighter, faster and more maneuverable on the track.

What we don’t know is when Mercedes-Benz plans to unveil its new creation. Some reports are suggesting it could happen at the New York Auto Show later this month, while other point toward the Paris Motor Show, scheduled this fall.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes AMG GT Begins Winter Testing

Mercedes-Benz may be killing the SLS supercar, but it isn’t killing the SLS style. As you may be aware by our previous coverage, Mercedes and AMG are working on a smaller sports car to take on the Porsche 911, and it will be styled in a similar vein to the SLS.

The car is internally known as the C190, but the production model will likely wear the SLC badge or potentially GT AMG. Whatever they plan on calling it, you can get and early look at it with these new spy shots.

Like most of the shots around this time of year, the coupe is undergoing rigorous cold-weather testing.

When the new car debuts later this year we expect it to be powered by a 400-horsepower engine, possibly the 4.6-liter V8 found in the E550. Later down the line, a faster, more powerful version will be released and eventually a hard-core Black Series car will likely be produced.

Currently, the only official plan from Mercedes is to build a coupe version, but after the success of the SLS Roadster, expect the team at Benz to drop the top of this new model as well.

Hit the jump to see more of our new Spy Shots for the upcoming Mercedes Benz SLC and to read a little about the outgoing SLS AMG GT.

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Spy shots: Mercedes AMG GT starts undressing

Now that Mercedes said its "Good Bye" to the current SLS AMG with the Final Edition revealed at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, the company is now focusing on the development of its successor. The next AMG GT, also known as the SLC, but internally known as the C190 was caught testing today by our spy photographers, and, as you can see it started to loose that nasty camouflage.

Offered as a direct competitor to the Porsche 911, the upcoming AMG GT will be offered with at least three engine options, with the base model delivering somewhere between 400 and 500 horsepower and the Black Series version up to 600 horsepower.

The new Mercedes AMG GT is expected to be unveiled at the 2014 German Grand Prix next July. Mercedes said the model will only be offered in a coupe version, but a roadster version could also be offered if the model will prove itself successful.

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2015 Report: Mercedes-Benz SLC/GT AMG to be Unveiled at the 2014 German GP

Mercedes-Benz is set to retire its flagship sports car — the SLS — next year. That’s correct, the AMG-tuned Mercedes SLS will go out of production in July 2014, but the car that will take its place has been seen testing quite a few times and we know it as the Mercedes SLC. Some sources, however, suggest that the new car could be called the Mercedes GT instead.

Where the Mercedes SLS AMG was pitted against the Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Gallardo, among others, the 2015 Mercedes Benz GT (SLC) will rival the Porsche 911 Turbo. This means that Mercedes Benz will re-position the GT down a segment to compete in a much more lucrative market among the Porsches, Jaguars and Audis. That said, a more expensive and faster version will also be available.

The new car will be assembled at Mercedes-Benz AMG at Afalterbach, Germany and will share the production line as its predecessor. According to Autocar, the Mercedes-Benz GT AMG is to be unveiled at the German Grand Prix next year and will go on sale in 2015.

More on the technical aspect of the Mercedes-Benz GT AMG after the jump.

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Spy Shots: 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLC AMG (GT AMG) Caught on the Nurburgring

Our spy photographers have caught the Mercedes C190, which we all know as either the SLC-Class or the GT, testing plenty of times in the past, but this time they caught it in its best form, as it did laps around the Nurburgring.

These images revel very little in the way of new stuff, but we can clearly see that the mule phase is over and the real SLC (GT) is starting to take form. This is evident by the makeshift grille and air intakes in the front apron — these are all to see just how effective they are aerodynamically and for cooling. Of course, they will be refined in production, but these rough drafts at least help with positioning.

The details of the SLC (GT) are still pretty scarce, as we have relied solely on rumors to this point. The rumors are pointing toward this new supercar carrying a V-8 engine that produces anywhere from 485 to 600 horsepower, depending on the model selected, and there will likely be three models to choose from. The top-line model will, of course, be the Black Series.

Rumors also suggest that we will see the SLC Coupe (GT Coupe) arrive in late 2014.

Click past the jump to see more of the newest spy shots.

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2015 Mercedes SLC Roadster

2015 Mercedes SLC Roadster

Mercedes is preparing to replace the current SLS sports car with the new SLC sports car. While there were rumors suggesting there wouldn’t be a roadster version for the upcoming SLC, chances are that Mercedes will opt for the same options available on the SLS: coupe, roadster and Black Series.

The SLC Roadster will be nearly identical to the coupe version, except of course the convertible top in place of the fixed roof. Both the coupe and the roadster versions will be built on the same aluminum-intensive engineering layout as the SLS, but with a different exterior look. Both models will drop the famous gullwing doors and will adopt conventional, forward-swinging ones.

Under the hood, the roadster version will get the same engines as the coupe: a base V-8 with about 485 horsepower, an S model with the V-8 tweaked to about 550 horsepower and a Black Series with the eight-cylinder pushed to about 585 horsepower.

The roadster version is expected to arrive a few months after the coupe and will be priced at about $150k.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLC Roadster.

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Spy Shots: 2015 Mercedes AMG SLC Caught Testing

Just the other day, Mercedes dropped a series of "official spy shots" showing the upcoming SLC sports car testing on the open roads.

Today, our spy photographers caught the car testing one more time. The next SLC - also rumored to be called simply “GT” - will be offered as a direct response to models like Porsche 911, so the fact you are seeing a Nissan GT-R next to it shouldn’t be such a big surprise.

The SLC - internally known as the Mercedes C190 - will be powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers anywhere between 485 and 600 horsepower, depending on the version you will opt for.

Mercedes claims the SLC will only be offered in a coupe version, but we expect to see a convertible version at some time.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Mercedes SLC.

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Spy Shots: 2015 Mercedes SLC Caught on the Open Roads

It’s been a while since we last heard anything about the upcoming 2014 SLC supercar, but it looks like Mercedes decided to spare us the trouble of trying to spy on it and sent us a set of "official" spy shots. In fact, these are the best images we have so far for the upcoming SLC.

The SLC will be built as a younger cousin to the SLS and not a direct replacement, as it was once thought. It will be lighter and slimmer, thanks to plenty of carbon fiber and aluminum goodies. With the SLC, Mercedes will try to target the Porsche 911 and lower-end supercars.

Under the hood we will see a V-8 engine downsized to just 4 liters.

The new SLC will be released on the market in 2015 - the same year the SLS hits the scrap heap.

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Mercedes SLC will also get a Black Series version, but no roadster

Mercedes is preparing to replace the current SLS supercar with a new SLC sports car that will also aim against models like Porsche 911. The current SLS will go out of production in 2015 and the SLC will enter the market in 2016 and it will offer a few major differences over the current SLS.

First it will offer no gullwing doors and will be lighter and slimmer with the use of plenty of carbon fiber and aluminum. Mercedes will offer a base version delivering about 485 horsepower and priced at about €109,000 (about $140k at the current exchange rates). Next there will be a S version delivering about 550 horsepower and priced at €145,000 ($186,000 at the current exchange rates). The most powerful version will be the Black Series which will deliver a total of 585 horsepower.

The next SLC will only be offered in coupe version with no plans for a roadster or a four-wheel drive version.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Mercedes SLS.

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Rumormill: Mercedes SLC to Arrive in 2015 With V-6 and V-8 Engine Options

We have heard all kind of rumors about the upcoming Mercedes SLC. Initially, it was rumored that the model would be offered as a baby-SLS, but rumors are now pointing toward the SLC being the successor to the larger SLS.

Rumors from Car say that The SLC will be built on an updated version of the SLS’s aluminum space-frame architecture and will be offered with a choice of a V-6 or V-8 engine. Car also claims that base versions will get a 3.0-liter V-6 engine with an output of about 333 horsepower, while top versions will get a 4.0-liter V-8 twin-turbo engine with an output of about 485 horsepower. Also claimed it that there will be an SLC S version that will target the 911 Turbo S. It will get a high-output version of the V-8 engine, which will deliver an impressive 585 horsepower.

According to the report, the new Mercedes SLS will be unveiled in 2015 and will be priced from about £70,000 (around $110,000 at the current exchange rates).

With rumors like these, we have to take them with a grain of salt, but it is nice to see some word on this much-anticipated model. We’ll see just how true these really are.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes SLC mule caught testing at Nurburgring

We’ve heard plenty of rumors about a new baby Mercedes SLS, but until now, we haven’t had any spy shots to back them up. Finally proving its existence are new spy shots of the first mule for the future SLC at the AMG test center just outside the Nürburgring. The company was testing the engine and the chassis, which is why the car is hidden under an SLS body. The final version will look nothing like this, but will get a completely own design.

From these images, we can see that this mule is slightly shorter than the SLS in both wheel base and in the front overhang. Under the hood, Mercedes will place the new 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 that is currently under development, but a six-cylinder version might also be available as a "budget" version.

The future SLC will be built as a direct competitor for the Porsche 911 Turbo. Initially, the car will be offered as a coupe with conventional doors (not gullwing doors as on this mule), but a convertible version will also follow.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2014 Mercedes SLC

A few days ago, Mercedes Head of Design, Gorden Wagener, officially confirmed that the new baby SLS - also known as the SLC will officially be unveiled sometime in 2014. This new model will take on vehicles like the Porsche 911 and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and will be priced from about $130,000.

As previously reported, the future SLC will drop the famous SLS model’s gullwing doors, but will feature the same design language as the current SLS. Under the hood, Mercedes will place a twin-turbocharged 5.4-liter V8 engine with an output of about 500 HP. There were rumors suggesting that the next baby SLS would use an inline-6 engine, but we strongly doubt that Mercedes will drop their usual V8 engine for a sports car. The engine will more than likely be a downsized version of the V8, with its capacity taken to about 4.0 liters, but those are rumors as well.

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Mercedes SLC confirmed for 2014; a baby crossover will follow

Rumors about a possible baby Mercedes SLS have been swirling around for awhile, but now Head of Design, Gorden Wagener, has confirmed in an interview with AutoExpress that the company is indeed working on a new sports car. In the same interview, he also confirmed that the production version of the Concept Style Coupe will be called the CLA and that a coupe version of the ML 4x4 is also in the pipeline.

The future SLC will drop the gullwing doors of the current SLS sports car and will be offered with an all-new 4.0-liter V8 engine. The SLC will arrive sometime in 2014, but until then, the company will be debuting two more versions of the SLS, the first of which will be the Black Series in July.

The new model will take on models like the Porsche 911 and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and will be priced from £80,000, or about $130,000 at the current exchange rates.

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New details on the future baby Mercedes SLS

Now that Mercedes has officially unveiled the SLS AMG Roadster, people have turned their attention to the long rumored baby SLS. In an interview with AutoExpress, Christoph Jung, Development Director of Performance Division AMG, said that a new AMG model is planned and will compete with models like the Porsche 911 and Jaguar C-X16: "There is room for an AMG model below the SLS, targeting the Porsche 911. This is the next market for AMG, and we are considering what is the right package."

"It is important to work on our brand and grow it. Look at the Porsche 911 – it is a huge success. They have done a very good job in evolving it over the years. Now, thanks to the SLS, companies like Porsche see AMG as competition. Everyone recognizes that AMG can produce super sports cars."

Jung didn’t offer any more details on the next sports car, but he did confirm that it will be a two-seater model powered by a V8 engine. We expect to see a 5.5 liter engine with a total output of 500 HP. Along with this new power, Mercedes will also focus on efficiency boosting measures such as a start/stop system.

The new model will be priced from about 80,000 euro, or about $105,000 at the current exchange rates.

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Mercedes AMG SLC spotted again this time at a Mazda press event

Mercedes AMG SLC spotted again this time at a Mazda press event

It would appear that Mercedes Benz was trying to rain on Mazda’s parade when a group of slightly camouflaged pulled up in front of the same hotel that the Japanese automaker was keeping journalists on a recent press trip. In a bold act of guerilla marketing, the three AMG SLCs were led into town by a Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG and actually parked themselves in between the exit of the hotel and the busses that Mazda was herding their guests into. It is a surprise that they didn’t pop the hood and hand the keys over to the camera wielding photogs.

According to the German luxury car builder, “For the first time in the company’s history stretching back over 40 years, the Mercedes-Benz performance brand, AMG, is presenting a vehicle developed in-house… the super sports car serves up an exciting proposition with its unique technology package: aluminum space frame body with gull wing doors, AMG 6.3 Liter V8 front-mid engine developing a peak output of 563 HP and 479 lb-ft of torque and dry sump lubrication, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in a transaxle configuration and sports suspension with aluminum double wishbones.

One of those camera wielding photojournalists who was at the event happened to be our good friend and fellow Southern Automotive Media Association member Mark Elias on the left of the shot, even he couldn’t resist taking a few snapshots of the 195 MPH super car that can do 0 to 60 MPH in about 3.7 seconds.

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Mercedes SLC - new spy shot

Mercedes SLC - new spy shot

We’re not even going to see a concept version of the Mercedes SLC probably until this fall, but hasn’t stopped us from indulging in plenty of spy shots. This is one of the cleanest shots to date that helps confirm the shape we’ve been speculating on for over a year.

We expect to get even clearer shots as the concept is readied for September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The actual production car is likely more than a year away from hitting the streets because its premiere is currently scheduled for the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The SLR’s replacement should be powered by turbocharged V8 engine that will produce between 550 hp and 650 hp. Rumors give the car a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.8 seconds, and a top speed of 197mph.

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Mercedes SLC Gullwing begins winter testing

Mercedes SLC Gullwing begins winter testing

Winter testing can be a spy photographer’s dream. The Mercedes SLC Gullwing’s cold weather test gave snappers a closer look at the lighting system as well as the cross-drilled disk brakes. The eyewitness accounts even suggest the SLC will take many cues from the original gullwing, the 300SL.

Engine rumored for the car is either an AMG-sourced turbocharged V8 or a naturally aspirated V10 engine, pushing out between 550bhp and 650bhp (judging by other German companies’ announced engine plans, the turbo V8 is more likely). No matter which engine is used, it will be mated to a 7-Tronic automatic gearbox.

The expect to see a completely unmasked SLC by the time it makes its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Shortly thereafter, a two-year, 6,000 unit production run should begin. Expect pricing to be in the $300,000 range.

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Mercedes SLC Gullwing interior spied

Mercedes SLC Gullwing interior spied

After many spy shots of the future SLC spuerpcar, here are the first interior spy shot. The guys over at World of Car Fans were the first to get their hands on these, and even in the blog world of sketchy news, they were suspect of the pic’s origins - possibly Mercedes being the source of its own leak.

From the pic, the inside of the SLC looks like it may be taking its cue from the cleaner, low-rise design from the second generation of SL cars of the 60s and early 70s. Even if Mercedes is going for a retro look, there’s going to be a lot more buttons and gadgets thrown into the SLC than the Merc’s older cars. This pic shows off modern elements such as the COMMAND knob at the center console, temperature switches, flat-bottomed steering wheel and headlight switch.

The SLC is expected to be powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine that will deliver 571bhp and 479lbs-ft of torque. The car will only weight 1650kg (aluminum body). Top speed is expected to be around 197mph and the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

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Mercedes-AMG Gullwing supercar rendering

Mercedes-AMG Gullwing supercar rendering

Sorry, no new details just a good excuse to take a look at new speculation of the future Mercedes flagship supercar. Although Merc has not officially named its gullwing coupe yet, we have been going with the name SLC. We imagine we’ll see plenty more spy shots and renderings between now and next September when the car will make its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The powerplant for the new super coupe should be a V8 from Mercedes parts bin that will have a capivcaty of 6.2-liters or more. Whatever engine is used, expect it to be heavily breathed on by AMG and make 570 hp or more.

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Mercedes Gullwing SLC spotted in America

Mercedes Gullwing SLC spotted in America

You know you’re a true car fan when you see a new supercar doing the equivalent of a dog lifting its leg, and you still get excited. The future Mercedes SLC supercar was spotted in America and reveals the roof-hinged door lifted up on its gas strut. That’s about the only news to report for the spy shot as Mercedes has been doing a good job of keeping the car under wraps so far (the taillights in the pic are likely fake.)

The SLC is expected to be powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine that will deliver 571bhp and 479lbs-ft of torque. The car will only weight 1650kg (aluminum body). Top speed is expected to be around 197mph and the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The replacement for the SLR will first be revealed as a concept in 2009 with the production version to follow in 2010. It is expected to be priced around £120,000 (almost $210,000 at direct exchange).

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Mercedes Gullwing SLC - new spy shots

Mercedes Gullwing SLC - new spy shots

Mercedes will unveil the successor for the iconic SL300 Gullwing in 2010 at the Geneva Auto Show with sales to begin later in the year. The future Gullwing will be placed between the Dodge Viper and the Mercedes SLR. The car will be limited to around 6000 cars per year worldwide.

This latest spy shots reveal the production-ready top-hinged doors, verifiable by the pair of riveted black panels on either side of the roof, which cover the hinges.

The future model is internally known as the C197 and will use an AMG badge and have a unique moniker aimed to distinguish it as a standalone, flagship model.

Under the hood Mercedes will place a turbocharged V8 or a naturally aspirated V10 engine, pushing out between 550bhp and 650bhp. The engine will be mated to a 7-Tronic automatic gearbox.

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Mercedes SLC - new rendering

Mercedes SLC - new rendering

Here is an exclusive new rendering of gullwing SLC, the future supercar from Mercedes. The SLC will replace the SLR in Mercedes’ line-up and will be built in-house by AMG.

Most likely the power unit will be an AMG V8 displacing over 6 liters and producing around 500 bhp with normal aspiration. A probable turbocharged version could easily reach 700 bhp.

Read our preview on the future 2010 SLC in here.

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Mercedes Gullwing SLC — new rendering

Mercedes Gullwing SLC — new rendering

Here’s a compilation of what Mercedes’ new gullwing coupe may look like. The picture above has taken all of the elements from the rumors as well as what was seen in spy shots. The car, which has been called the SLC, should be the replacement for the SLR. The new flagship supercar is expected to have a V8 or possibly a V12 engine and will be built in-house by AMG.

Will the final version look exactly like this? Doubtful. But if you squint your eyes, you can see all the shapes melt together into a graceful coupe, and this likely what you’ll see produced in 2011.

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Mercedes Gullwing SLC Roadster coming in 2011

Mercedes Gullwing SLC Roadster coming in 2011

Mercedes and McLaren are looking to go separate ways: McLaren with the P11 supercar and Mercedes with the SLC. The coupe version will be revealed at the 2010 Geneva motor show (with a concept expected in fall 2009) and a roadster version will follow in 2011. Car Magazine revealed the measurements of the gullwing SLC: 183 in long, 77in wide and 49in tall – all wrapped around a 106in wheelbase. Codenamed C197, the coupe version will be powered by a a modified 6.2-liter AMG V-8 engine with an output of 600 hp.

It is also rumored that this may not carry Mercedes’s three-point star badge at all. Instead the SLC may only have AMG badges. So much for a successor to the original 300 SL gullwing.

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Mercedes-Benz SLC supercar spy shots

Mercedes-Benz SLC supercar spy shots

The SLR is dead, but all hope is not lost. The SLR’s successor, the SLC supercar has already been caught testing. The first official peak at the concept version will be unveiled in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and the production car will debut in late 2010.

Unlike the McLaren built SLR, the SLC will be produced in-house by Mercedes’ performance unit AMG. Rumors say it will feature a mid-engined layout and will be powered by a supercharged 6.2 liter V8 engine. Although the horsepower has not been announced, considering that the SLC will be placed between the S65 AMG (604 hp) and the departing SLR (617 hp), it should put out at least 600-610 hp. Top speed will be around 200 mph, while the 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in 3.5 - 3.7 seconds.

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Future Mercedes Gullwing - best info

Future Mercedes Gullwing - best info

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.

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Mercedes SLC renderings

Mercedes SLC renderings

The Mercedes SLR is not such a successful model, so the company decided is time to end it and replace it with something better: the future SLC supercar. Being a replica of the original 300 SL with modern mechanicals, the SLC will be built by AMG.

The SLC supercar will use components from the SL65 Black Series, but unlike the SL Black Series, the SLC will use a welded aluminium spaceframe, which will increase the car’s strength but reduce weight.

The SLC will be powered by a new version of the SL65 Black’s twin-turbo 6.2-litre V8 with well over 600bhp. New turbos have allowed AMG to add direct injection to improve economy. The engine will be mated with AMG’s new seven-speed MCT ’box, just launched in the SL63.

Read our preview of the 2010 Mercedes SLC.

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Mercedes SLC under heavy disguise

Mercedes SLC under heavy disguise

After the fake Porsche Cayenne / Lamborghini SUV seen on the Ring, now Edmunds show us a video of the Mercedes SLC to come in 2011. It looks like , huh... a Dodge Viper! For real it seems that the new game of car maker is now to put fake bodies on top of their test drive cars.

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Mercedes SLC spy photos

Mercedes SLC spy photos

Spy photographers caught the upcoming Mercedes SLC super coupe in testings into California’s canyons. Even if the prototype is using Dodge Viper body panels, Mercedes-piloting engineers have confirmed that is indeed the SLC.

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Mercedes SLC renderings

Mercedes SLC renderings

Mercedes-Benz is presently developing a new front-engined supercar, meant to compete with the Audi R8 and the rest of the gang. Less luxurious and more performance oriented, the future Mercedes SLC will be a serious threat for the Ferraris and Porches of the next decade.
Several Mercedes-Benz test mules that point that the German manufacturer has in works a new supercar have been spotted. The best guess is that the mules are early variants of the highly anticipated SLC.
Although, (...)

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Mercedes SLC renderings

Mercedes SLC renderings

As you allready know by know Mercedes and Mclaren split after the SLR didn’t have the success everyone expected. As a result, the next sport car from Mercedes will be built without McLaren’s help.

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Mercedes SLC - first photos

Mercedes SLC - first photos

It appears that rumors that Mercedes-Benz will be building a car to compete with the forthcoming Audi R8 and the Porsche 911 Turbo are true. Spy photos published by Winding Road show that car, to be built on the next generation SL platform and with liberal use of carbon fiber for the roof and body panels.
Expected to produce at least 500 hp from a front 6.2 liter V-8, the car is expected to be revealed at the 2008 Geneva Auto (...)

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2010 Mercedes Gullwing

2010 Mercedes Gullwing

Mercedes is planning a new flagship sports car in the shape of a stunning 21st-century Gullwing. It will be placed somwhere between the SL roadster and the Mercedes McLaren SLR supercar and it is believed to become one of the most desirable performance machines on the planet.
The 2010 Gullwing will be developed by Mercedes’ sporting arm, AMG and although it is still in its early stages, one element of the design is paramount - the doors. Bringing back memories of the 1954 300 SL, Mercedes (...)

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