The end of an era for the naturally aspirated V8 engines of Mercedes-AMG is just around the corner as the company is preparing a new turbo unit for the facelifted SLK that will change its name to SLC
The end of an era for the naturally aspirated V8 engines of Mercedes-AMG is coming as the company is preparing a new turbo unit for the facelifted SLK that will change its name to SLC.
Set to receive some minor visual changes, the revised SLK family will be sold as the SLC and will get a range-topping AMG version. This one will ditch the current 5.5-liter V8 naturally aspirated engine to make room for a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo unit, already available for the AMG Sport Line models in the range.
Currently, the SLK 55 AMG has 421 PS (310 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) and its successor will not top these figures. Power is expected to be more than 367 PS (270 kW), while torque will be around 520 Nm (384 lb-ft).
Speaking to Motoring, Mercedes-AMG chairman Tobias Moers announced the range-topping version will be cheaper than the SLK 55. “It's all about regarding reasonable or fair value for the price,” he commented. “We move down with the price, but we provide more value than ever.”
Moers also confirmed the SLC will most likely be revealed during the Detroit Motor Show in January 2016. “It's close, it's not far away, I think we show up with the car in Detroit,” he said. “It's the sportiest and - regarding driving dynamics – the most agile SLK we ever made. It's a nice car.”