The Mercedes SLC supercar has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring
29 September 2008

More spy shots of the Mercedes SLC supercar have emerged, this time from a test session at the Nordschleife.

This stunning £115k supercar is expected to go on sale in 2010. The Mercedes SLC is powered by a front-mounted direct-injection version of AMG’s 6.2-litre V8, with around 580bhp and 480lb ft torque on tap.

The gullwing-doored Mercedes SLC is based around the same mechanical package as the SL63 AMG, but uses an aluminium spaceframe and carbon fibre to keep weight down to 1650kg. The power’s delivered via a new seven-speed, double-clutch gearbox, which should ensure rapid, near-seamless shifts.

We’re told the Mercedes SLC’s performance potential was clear to see at the ‘Ring. The 0-62mph dash is reckoned to take 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 195mph.

In an effort to scupper spy photographers, Mercedes itself has covertly sent out these previous snaps of the SLC in testing. It was wearing the same disguise at the Nurburgring as it was last time it broke cover at a Benz test centre. Mercedes pulled the same trick when the end-of-run SLR Speedster was revealed in July.

The new Mercedes SLC - which marks the end of the company's relationship with Mclaren - is meant to resurrect the sprit of the legendary 300SL and, despite the current economic conditions, Mercedes is confident that current SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG owners will want to upgrade.

Benz will try to tempt them by fitting the SLC with a bespoke cabin and the allure of extra exclusivity when it hits showrooms in 2010.

Will Powell

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