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Mercedes-Benz ‘SLC’ AMG prototype revealed, 911 rival

Mercedes-Benz has released some images showing a prototype version of the upcoming ‘SLC’ AMG sports coupe. The images confirm such a model is on the way, ready to take on the likes of the Porsche 911.

Mercedes-Benz SLC AMG prototype-roof

The SLC will sit beneath the grand daddy SLS AMG in the range, offering sporty driving characteristics. The coupe will be more of a driver’s car compared with the SLS, being smaller and more nimble, with a higher focus on point-to-point speed and agility.

Definite specifications are yet to be revealed, however, the new model will reportedly come with a powerful V8 engine. There’s speculation suggesting it will get a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, or an iteration of the current 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8. Either way, the car will likely offer around 373kW (500hp).

Mercedes-Benz SLC AMG prototype-front

Although the new model is being dubbed the ‘SLC’, Mercedes-Benz has apparently expressed this will not be the name, as it shares no major mechanical relationship with any SL-Class model.

It’s hard to tell from these images, but the new model is expected to be around the size of an E-Class Coupe or slightly smaller.

Being an AMG model, the car will come with lots of tasty performance features, such as huge cross-drilled multi-piston brakes, a belching exhaust system, an aggressive front end with air intakes and cooling ducts, and some aerodynamic highlights.

It’s all expected to be unveiled early in 2014, before going on sale by 2015. It should be a cracker of a car.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.