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New details about the Mercedes-Benz SLC / C190 have surfaced the web, ahead of next year's full reveal.

Autocar has managed to obtain preliminary details about the upcoming Porsche 911 rival from Mercedes-Benz which will allegedly be powered by a newly developed twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter engine that will be installed in the next-gen C63 AMG as well.

The modular motor is estimated to output 493 bhp (327 kW) in the SLC which will weigh about 1,550 kg (3,417 lbs), translating into a power-to-weight ratio of approximately 320 bhp / ton and a 48:52 weight distribution.

The Mercedes-Benz SLC will have an overall length of 4500mm so it will be 140mm shorter than the SLS, while maintaining roughly the same 1939mm width and 1287mm height. It will ride on 19-inch alloys wrapped around in 265/35 front and 295/30 rear tires and will boast an SLS-like electronically-controlled spoiler that will be deployed automatically at speeds above 75 mph (121 km/h).

As we already saw in spy photos, the SLC will lose the SLS' gullwing doors in favor of conventional front-hinged doors. The back of the car will have a liftback-like hatch so it should grant the owner with an easier access to the luggage area.

The same source indicates the SLC will serve as a replacement for the SLS and will be introduced next year at the German Formula 1 Grand Prix.

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