Report: Mercedes-Benz SLC to get V6 for base model, plus more details

CAR Magazine UK has recently reported on some new details surrounding Mercedes-Benz’s much anticipated Porsche 911 fighter, the Mercedes-Benz SLC sports car that’s supposed to be smaller and less expensive than the top-dog SLS AMG coupe.

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Word is that the new SLC AMG will use a V6 powerplant with an option for a V8. Internally named the C190 chassis, the new SLC AMG is also said to have a starting price of just £70,000.

Internally, the new SLC will use an updated version of the SLS’s aluminum space frame. It was updated to be modular as sources reportedly told CAR that the new platform is “highly flexible and can be easily modified for length, width, height, bodystyle, and wheelbase.”

The SLC, much like the SLS, will don iconic gullwing doors, which from a tech perspective, has been said to reduce weight and enhance body stiffness. Additionally, the SLC as of now will be built as a coupe only, with no word about a convertible version just yet. Curb weight is expected to about 155kg heavier than a Porsche 911 Carrera S, but the extra power from the V8 will allow the SLC to better compete.

Engine wise, the V6 base powerplant is the newest piece of news regarding the SLC, while two V8s were rumored to already have been planned and set for the SLC. The base V6 will produce around 333hp from 3.0L worth of displacement. The base V8 is described to be a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 good for 485hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Prospective buyers can also opt for more oomph, at the cost of an extra £35,000 for the SLC S, which bumps the V8 to 585hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The SLC S will also come with special bucket seats, carbon ceramic brakes, and a freer flowing exhaust.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: CAR