What to Expect from the Mercedes-Benz SLC AMG

Details surfaced this morning about the potential successor to Mercedes-Benz’ SLS AMG—the SLC AMG. Intended to compete with the Porsche 911s of the world, the SLC is expected to start at a price point of $110,000—or about $90,000 less than the starting MSRP of the SLS (pictured above). Additionally, though the new sports coupe will share a platform with the SLS, it will likely be a somewhat shorter, lighter, and more agile version of its predecessor.

According to Motor Authority, Mercedes-Benz will offer buyers three different engine options in the SLC—two V8s and a base V6. The V6 is predicted to make around 333-hp and will be the last of the three to launch. Though that’s 152-hp less than what’s expected out of the mid-level V-8, and 252-hp less than the 585-hp of the top-of-the-line engine, Motor Authority speculates that the decision to include a V6 was made to keep the car’s price as competitive as possible.

Expected to arrive in dealerships for the 2015 model year, the mid-level V8 should be the first to debut. It will likely wear a price tag of around $126,000, which is $55,000 less than the estimated $181,500 of the stronger V8. As Motor Authority reports, we won’t see the base SLC in European dealerships until 2016, but if Mercedes-Benz decides on developing a roadster SLC—it will certainly be the last to arrive.

Sources: Motor Authority