We’ve heard that Mercedes-Benz has secretly been planning work on a front-engined sports car to sit on a spot below the SLS AMG. The secret car will similarly be powered by a V8 engine and now stands to earn plans for development and production after being christened an official codename.
With its price to be pegged at around £75,000, the new sports car is scheduled to be launched around three years from now in 2014. Its platform will likely be based on both Mercedes-Benz’s passenger cars and, of course, those of the AMG performance division. AMG has even taken responsibility to take sole responsibility for the car’s engineering, development and testing. So yes folks, this will be an AMG pure bred.
Word from officials at Mercedes-Benz says the new sports car will be known as the SLC, a name that was last owned by a fixed-roof version of the 4th generation SL back in 1971. However, the new SLC will have a completely different exterior and interior design. There’s even word that there will both be a coupe and roadster version down the road. But what’s really interesting is that Mercedes-Benz is planning to share mechanical and electrical components between the new SLC and the 7th generation SL.