The Mercedes C190 has again been spotted testing in Europe
The car is Mercedes' answer to the Porsche 911
It's noticeably different in style to the SLS
A launch in 2015 has been mooted
Both cabriolet and coupe models of the facelifted SLS are set to be offered
The new sports car aims to let Mercedes appeal to a wider market
Dimensionally, the C190 is wider than the SLS
The C190 also loses the gullwing doors of the SLS
It is understood this model will not have the SL prefix in its name
The C190 will be the official successor to the SLS AMG
That suggests that following its new facelift the SLS will not be long for this world
No powertrain options have been confirmed so far
However, it's likely that the C190 will use AMG's twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8
That engine option will also see service in the replacement for the C63 AMG
The transmission is thought to be a seven-speed dual-clutch option
A twin-turbocharged V6 has been discussed as a base option for the car
The new Mercedes-Benz sports car is thought to be codenamed C190
It's smaller than the original SLS, in order to allow it to compete with the 911
Other benchmark cars for the new Mercedes include the Aston Martin Vantage
Power is thought to come from a new twin-turbo AMG V8
The C190 does away with the SLS AMG's gullwing doors; instead, it uses conventional front-hinged items
Mercedes' new model will be offered as both a coupé and a convertible
It's expected to cost between £80,000 and £120,000, depending on specification and variant
Rumours of a base model with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 have been dismissed by AMG
The front-engined coupé uses a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle to send power to the rear wheels
It's expected to go on sale in late 2015
Instead of replacing the existing SLS with a like-for-like model, the new car will be smaller in order to allow it to more readily compete with the Porsche 911.
Both coupé and cabriolet models of the front-engined, rear-drive SLS successor are set to be offered, with a mooted price tag of between £80,000 and £120,000. Originally thought to be badged the SLC, it is now understood that the model will not have an 'SL' prefix.
Set for a launch in late 2015, the new sports car is hoped to help Mercedes appeal to a wider market. Codenamed C190, it is predicted to sport a more contemporary appearance than the retro-inspired SLS as part of the new Mercedes push to attract younger buyers.
“It is important that it appeals to the youth crowd, even though in all likelihood it will be bought by older customers,” a senior design source at Mercedes revealed.
Officials claim that the new model gets a distinctive swept-back silhouette, while dimensionally it is as wide as the SLS AMG but shorter. It won't have the gullwing doors of the SLS AMG, but instead will be fitted with conventional front-hinged doors.
No powertrain options have been confirmed but it is likely that the new C190 uses AMG's new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, which will also see service in the replacement for the C63 AMG. The transmission is expected to be a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle unit. An SLS AMG Roadster seen testing recently is reportedly being used to benchmark that engine.
AMG boss Ola Källenius has dismissed rumours of a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 for a base version of the upcoming model. “The V8 engine commands cult status at AMG,” he said. “It is what our customers demand.”
Initial reports estimate a kerb weight for the new C190 of 1480kg, with 220kg of that reputedly consisting of an aluminium body supplied by manufacturing company Magna. The engine will be mounted far back in car's engine bay, helping optimise its weight distribution.
It's rumoured that the manufacturer has been benchmarking the car against the Aston Martin Vantage as well as the 911, due to its similar layout.
The new two-seater will be the second stand-alone model to be created by Mercedes’ AMG performance arm, after the SLS.