More compact successor to the Mercedes SLS AMG, codenamed C190, spotted undergoing testing

Mercedes-Benz is continuing to test its new Porsche 911 rival, captured in these spy shots. The new model will be the successor to the SLS AMG.

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. 

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21 June 2013

Too wide

 

21 June 2013

Leslie Brook wrote:

Too wide

Your eyes are just too close together

Matthew Tortellini.

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jonboy4969 wrote:

Jonboy says your thick

21 June 2013

Just another Merc, no imagination, just a slight rehash of what's gone before,cynical?, well, yes, because they won't or can't do different, i suppose as long as the loyal customer is happy, why do anything different?

Peter Cavellini.

21 June 2013

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Just another Merc, no imagination, just a slight rehash of what's gone before,cynical?, well, yes, because they won't or can't do different, i suppose as long as the loyal customer is happy, why do anything different?

Compared to a 911?

21 June 2013

No, not just the 911,the GTR,Ferrari(any) Aston even, just to name a few. 

Peter Cavellini.

18 October 2013
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Just another Merc, no imagination, just a slight rehash of what's gone before,cynical?, well, yes, because they won't or can't do different, i suppose as long as the loyal customer is happy, why do anything different?

Usual unintelligible gibberish.


21 June 2013

Promising,but to tempt me from a 911 it has to have 4WD and back seats for the grandchildren,like the C4S I fancy.My daily driver is currently a C63 so I love AMG,s. But if the new engine is in the new C63,and if they fit 4Matic like the E63'S' and if it is GBP55000! HMMM!

Madmac

23 June 2013

In price and 2-door sportscarness, perhaps, but this is a Mercedes so it will be rubbish to drive, which the 911 isn't.

911 Rival?  I think not.

18 October 2013

Deleted.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

19 October 2013

Completely agree with Winston here. Peter you make a total of zero valid points on this thread. Gibberish indeed!

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