• More Mercedes SLC details emerge - 6 cylinder turbo engine options?

      AutoBild reports that the entry level SLC will come standard with a 350 horsepower V6 that is turbocharged. That horsepower numbers seems a little low to us and the report also says the power might go as high as 550 horsepower. Well, in that case, wouldn't they use the turbo V8 they already have? The car will not have Gulllwing doors and that is the part of the report we find most believable.

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      1. Exeenom's Avatar
        Exeenom -
        I like those headlights a little better than the current SLS's headlights. You are absolutely right about the V8.... I just don't see Mercedes creating a separate engine just for this car; it'd be more practical (and more realistic) to use one they already have.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Exeenom Click here to enlarge
        I like those headlights a little better than the current SLS's headlights. You are absolutely right about the V8.... I just don't see Mercedes creating a separate engine just for this car; it'd be more practical (and more realistic) to use one they already have.
        I think what will happen is they may turbo the 350 motor for the entry level but the high end versions are almost certain to use the V8's available.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Here is a rendering of the rear:

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      1. Mort's Avatar
        Mort -
        Not sure about the rear and the perspective is fugged up as you move across the bottom. Still a mean looking front end and rear quarter. Not a fan of the filler cover.
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        Why do people always expect a car company to use an engine they already have in a model lineup that is not supposed to step on the toes of the car that the engine in question actually comes from?

        Why the hell would MB put their flagship motor in the SLC if the SLS already has it? Wouldnt it outperform the SLS and cost half as much? BMW wouldnt do this either, which is why you wont see an S65 in any chassis; they wont do it because youll be raping your own model lineups.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
        Why do people always expect a car company to use an engine they already have in a model lineup that is not supposed to step on the toes of the car that the engine in question actually comes from?

        Why the hell would MB put their flagship motor in the SLC if the SLS already has it? Wouldnt it outperform the SLS and cost half as much? BMW wouldnt do this either, which is why you wont see an S65 in any chassis; they wont do it because youll be raping your own model lineups.
        Not sure what you mean, MB won't put their flagship motor in this. They are developing a new turbo 6 but the M157 twin turbo V8 will likely find its way in. It won't be the SLS motor.
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        If they put an overly powerful engine in this lineup it will step on the toes of their already powerful cars. I think a 450 hp engine in this car will be self destructive because MB wont sell as many SLSs because this thing will outperform it.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
        If they put an overly powerful engine in this lineup it will step on the toes of their already powerful cars. I think a 450 hp engine in this car will be self destructive because MB wont sell as many SLSs because this thing will outperform it.
        Mercedes does a bit of cannibalism. Does the C63 hurt the E63?

        I think it's only natural to expect a V8 in this car. It won't be an M156 so it has to be a turbo V8. They can hold it back with tuning if really necessary like they did with the C63.
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        I mean, thats why porsche doesnt put the 3.8 in the cayman because then it would be a GT3. And BMW doesnt put the S65 in the 335 because then it would be an M3. So at the end of the day, its the same $#@! with a lower pricetag which hurts the OEM.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        I agree with DBFIU.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
        I mean, thats why porsche doesnt put the 3.8 in the cayman because then it would be a GT3. And BMW doesnt put the S65 in the 335 because then it would be an M3. So at the end of the day, its the same $#@! with a lower pricetag which hurts the OEM.
        Let's see what they do with it though. Mecedes isn't scared of outperforming more expensive models.

        The Cayman with a 3.8 would eat the 911 alive. The Cayman is neutered because of it. The 335 got the turbo motor but the next gen all the cars will have the same basic motor in different states of tune.
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        I think this SLC car looks good. If I didnt have kids I would buy one.

        I guess I will have to settle for a CTSV when my lease is up.