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Smaller SLS AMG 911 Fighter Coming In 2014

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On: Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 2:02PM | By: Chris Weiss


Smaller SLS AMG 911 Fighter Coming In 2014

The SLS AMG Roadster has just gotten out of the gate, so attention has naturally turned to other upcoming Mercedes ventures; rumors of a smaller, cheaper version of the SLS being referred to as the SLC have been flying for a few months. Now German magazine Auto Bild has come out with a few new details on what the car will be all about and when we'll see it.

According to the report, Mercedes is developing the SLC with a 2014 launch in mind. However, it appears that Merc is uncertain as to whether to present it as a model of its own, below the SLS AMG, or use it as a replacement for the SLS. If it decides on the latter, it will likely put off introduction until 2016.

Either way, Mercedes has its sights on the Porsche 911 and wants the SLC to be competitive with Porsche's ageless sports coupe. Word is that the SLC will have plenty of horses to do it with, with various models sporting anywhere from 350 to 500 hp. The powerplant is said to be a twin-turbo V-6.

Buy-in is rumored at around a 100,000-euro ($145K) base, which should make it quite competitive with the 911. The 2011 911 currently starts at around 85,000 euros in Germany, but with a new 911 on the way, that price will certainly rise before the SLC debuts.

Unfortunately, Mercedes will look to save costs on its smaller coupe by cutting out the gullwing doors. Just regular hinges for this Merc.

For an idea of what the SLC might look like, check out Auto Bild's rendering. It looks pretty damn sweet from my desk chair.




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