Mercedes-Benz is gearing up its new Porsche 911-rivalling SLC sports car for a launch late in 2015. The model is still very much on the agenda due to Mercedes’ desire to appeal to a younger audience, despite some senior officials wanting the SLC to be put on hold to allow the German giant to focus on more profitable cars.
Pictured here in an exclusive rendering, the new two-seater will be the second stand-alone model to be created by Mercedes’ AMG performance arm after the SLS.
But AMG sources are remaining tight-lipped on whether the SLC will be built instead of the SLS rather than alongside it in a Mercedes sports car line-up that could swell to include four models: the SLK, SL, SLC and SLS.
The SLC, codenamed W190, is to sport a more contemporary appearance than the retro-inspired SLS as part of Mercedes’ youthful brief. “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 revealed.
Mercedes officials who have seen the car claim it gets a distinctive swept-back silhouette and an evolution of the ‘soft nose’ treatment seen on recent Mercedes models.
Dimensionally, it is described as being as wide as the SLS but shorter. Unlike the gullwing-doored SLS coupé, the initial fixed-roof version of the SLC is planned to receive conventional front-hinged doors. A roadster version using a traditional fabric roof is set for launch in 2016.
The coupé’s targeted 2014 launch has been pushed back a year, due to engineering capacity problems caused by the new 2014 C-class.
However, despite the delay, development is on track. “We are progressing the project in a methodical fashion, but there are limits to how many cars we can engineer at the same time,” confirmed a source.