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by Brett Davis

Mercedes-Benz and its performance division AMG have reportedly given an official codename to a new V8 coupe it plans to build. According to Autocar in the UK, the car has been called the Mercedes-Benz SLC by a number of company officials and will be built specifically to rival the likes of the Porsche 911.

The SLC is said to be under development right now, following a strict performance program similar to the one used on the SLS Gullwing. It is expected to fit into the showroom underneath the mighty SLS but above the SLK55 AMG, with a UK price tag of around £75,000 (AU$115,000 after a straight conversion. Price is not to be compared with Australian market as the conversion does not include various taxes and charges).

Mercedes-Benz has apparently confirmed to Autocar that it will be a strict two-seater featuring a front-mounted V8 engine. It will be engineered by AMG and use the next-generation Mercedes SL platform as a base. It will offer compact sports car proportions however, measuring no more than 4.5 metres in length. It will also offer ‘contemporary retro’ styling, including various cues taken from the original SLC of the Seventies and Eighties.

The car will be marketed as a true Porsche 911 competitor which means it will be relatively light in weight and offer superior handling and dynamic driver interaction. Mercedes-Benz officials have apparently earmarked the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage as benchmarks in the SLC’s development.

The SLC is expected to debut sometime in 2014 as a coupe, with a convertible version following in 2016. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as development progresses.