This AMG animal is looming in the 911’s mirror
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.