Both Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division and McLaren are going head-to-head on mid-engined V8 supercars that are expected to hit the market in 2010 as rivals. As reported before, Mercedes-Benz is working on a Audi R8 rival, which is expectd to be called the Mercedes SLC. McLaren, on the other hand, is working on a F2 which is a follow up on the legendary F1.
AMG is getting a chance to prove to Mercedes that they are better than McLaren and are working with another Mercedes division, HWA AG. So far we’ve learned that the Mercedes SLC will be powered by a 6.2 liter AMG V8 engine producing 500 horsepower. If necessary Mercedse may even add a twin-turbo variant developing 700 horsepower.
The Mercedes SLC is expected to be more compact and lighter than the McLaren SLR and could use parts from the upcoming SL AMG Black Series.
According to AutoCar, to compete with the upcoming Mercedes SLC, McLaren is reviving a long-delayed mid-engined supercar that it had originally planned with Mercedes as a smaller and cheaper follow up to the SLR. Codenamed P8, the first prototypes are already testing in the UK using a Ferrari 360 body as a disguise. The car is expected to be a mid-engined machine built around a carbon-fibre with a V8 engine. A V12 engine may also be possible.
Both cars are expected to go into production in 2009 with sales to begin in 2010. Expect them to be revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.
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