Mercedes announces the arrival of a new super car by releasing a few shots of its prototype coming out of the factory for a test drive. It is the long-awaited SLC super GT, and even though previous reports suggested it’d slot below the SLS, it is actually going to replace it.
The German car maker, of course, has not revealed anything about the car yet – it may not even be called SLC – but the pictures reveal a couple of facts about the new kid. It has the same proportions as the SLS, with a short tail and a long bonnet, giving it the looks of a classic sports car. Unlike the SLS though, it appears to have normal doors.
Sadly, this car too suffers from the giant headlight syndrome, the same birth defect that the current SL-Class has. The good news is, the SLC will also benefit from a lightweight construction like the SL, a blend of aluminum and carbon fiber. Heavy and cumbersome Mercs belong to the past. They have learned how to make light and agile sports cars without compromising the brand’s core values.
Poised to be a Porsche 911 rival, the Mercedes SLC AMG will be powered by a brand-new 4.0 liter bi-turbo engine – the replacement for the current 5.5 liter – with up to 500 horsepower.