A camouflaged Mercedes SLS AMG is pictured testing in Europe, believed to be part of engine development for the C190
Darren Moss
17 October 2013

A new engine, believed to be destined for Mercedes' Porsche 911 rival, codenamed C190, is reportedly being tested in this Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG roadster

The new engine is believed to be a twin-turbochared 4.0-litre V8, and could well see service in the C190 when it's launched at the end of next year. That model was recently caught testing in Europe.

This test mule was also spotted alongside a coupé version of the SLS. 

The prototypes are both wearing camouflage around their front and rear bumpers, as well as on the bonnet of the Roadster. This is believed to be part of cooling tests for the new engine.

The C190 will be the successor to the SLS AMG and is mooted to have a price tag of between £80-£120,000.

Despite the new engine being tested in an SLS, it's expected that Mercedes won't replace the 591bhp 6.2-litre V8 engine which currently powers the coupé and roadster models of that car.

It is believed that following the C190's launch, Mercedes will gradually phase out the current SLS. 

Prices for the current SLS start at £165,030 for coupe and £178,895 for the Roadster.

Join the debate


17 October 2013

A suitable car for the M159 engine to end its days in. Whoever coined the phrase 'money can't buy you happiness' is obviously a fool. I'd take my chances and buy one of these in a (lottery) instant.

17 October 2013

I was always under the assumption that the original car struggled to sell in any great numbers as it was slightly overpriced. Has the market changed or have I missed something as I can't see how bumping up the price even more is going to help the situation

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK