Mercedes-Benz has released ‘official spy photos’ of its SLS AMG successor, giving us our first look at its upcoming sports car.
They follow CarAdvice’s own spy shots from last week that revealed some of the secrets of the new car, which will be underpinned by the same front-engine, rear-wheel-drive chassis as the SLS AMG and feature larger front air intakes to feed its turbocharged engine, tipped to be a twin-turbo V8.
The new model will be smaller than the SLS AMG as the Stuttgart-based car maker looks to go after hometown rival, the Porsche 911, though the latest images confirm its proportions will largely mirror those of its predecessor.
The long bonnet and short overhangs carry over, though conventional front-hinged doors take the place of the current car’s top-hinged gullwing fixtures. The glass and panels surrounding the cabin are more curvaceous and taper away more gradually towards the rear for a classic coupe profile.
The wide-set headlights contribute to a strong and assertive stance as they flank the car’s broad, upright grille. A lip spoiler on the tailgate sits above understated horizontal LED tail-lights that mirror twin exhaust outlets at the base of the clean rear end.
Mercedes’ new model will not wear SLS AMG badging, with the German brand preferring to allow its sports nameplates to run their course then retire them, as it did with the SLR McLaren of 2003-2010.
The new model is expected to go on sale in 2015 as Mercedes phases out the SLS, which launched roughly five years earlier in 2010.