Mercedes' all-new sports car is set to target the 911, and the latest images captured by CarAdvice's spy photographers in Germany uncover a progressively raked tailgate extending to a rounded rear end reminiscent of its hometown rival.
It’s a different story at the front, however, where the prototype’s long, low bonnet shows a clear link to the SLS AMG it’s set to succeed. The car’s upright grille with thin crossbeam and large three-point star badge is clearly visible beneath light camouflage, while the outline of its swept headlights can be made out above rounded lower front side intakes.
Like the SLS and unlike the 911, the new Mercedes sports car will be front-engined, and is tipped to feature a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8.
The new car sits on an aluminium spaceframe chassis, sharing elements with the SLS, and is set to feature lightweight aluminium and carbonfibre body panels. Conventional front-hinged doors replace the top-hinged gullwings of its predecessor.
Codenamed ‘C190’ internally, Mercedes-Benz is yet to confirm the name of its upcoming sports model, with ‘SLC’ and ‘AMG GT’ monikers the widely reported front-runners at this stage.
Reports suggest the new Mercedes sports car could be unveiled at next year’s German Formula One Grand Prix in July, around the same time production of the SLS AMG is set to cease.
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