This AMG an­i­mal is loom­ing in the 911’s mir­ror

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

THE Benz fam­ily’s big banger has a baby brother.

TheAMGhot­house out­side Stuttgart is beaver­ing on a com­pact per­for­mance coupe that will take on the Porsche 911.

And here it is draped in black camo cloth­ing, but clearly some­thing spe­cial. The new SLC is not a throw­back to the sim­i­larly-badged lardy S-Class coupe of the late 1970s, but a con­den­sa­tion of the hero SLS.

It uses the ba­sic SLS chas­sis with a shorter and lighter hatch­back two-seater body and no sign of the Gull­wing doors which are the trade­mark of the $468,320 SLS coupe.

This Carparazzi pic­ture shows work on the SLC is well ad­vanced, but it is not ex­pected to be un­veiled un­til the sec­ond half of next year, most likely as the three-pointed star’s spot­light car at the 2014 Paris mo­tor show.

There has been talk of the SLC al­most from the day the SLS was un­veiled, asAMGwas po­si­tioned as a gen­uine car­maker— and not just a tun­ing shop— by Benz.

The SLC pro­ject was al­ways a way to off­set the heavy spend­ing on the SLS, which is now built as both a coupe and road­ster but still a $500,000-plus propo­si­tion for most once theAMGop­tional equip­ment is added.

The SLC is more ag­gres­sive than Benz’s main­stream SL drop­top but not as ex­treme as the Gull­wing, which means it’s ex­pected to pick up the ba­sic me­chan­i­cal pack­age from the SL in­stead of a down­sized deal from the SLS.

That means a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 tuned for more than 365kW sit­ting in the nose and turn­ing the rear wheels, but with a con­ven­tional au­to­matic rather than the costly and com­pli­cated transaxle used in the SLS.

The SLC is the ob­vi­ous tar­get for a Black Se­ries model in 2015 or be­yond, al­though even com­pany in­sid­ers in Ger­many refuse to dis­cuss ru­mours of a car­bon fi­bre­lashed light­weight road rocket.

Euro­pean sources hint at a price around $142,000, which would put it above Porsche’s Cay­man but be­low the 911.

Paul Gover

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