Our spies have returned with a fresh batch of spy photographs depicting the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLC (name not official).

Our spies have returned with a fresh batch of spy photographs depicting the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLC (name not official).

Internally codenamed as the C190, the vehicle will be smaller than the outgoing SLS AMG and will feature conventional doors rather than the gullwing arrangement of its larger cousin. These latest spy photos show a prototype wearing a full body camo but even so we notice the vehicle's sleek appearance with a long hood, large front grille, a dual exhaust arrangement at the back where there's also an electronically-controlled rear spoiler which will be deployed at speeds above 75 mph (121 km/h).

The SLC / C190 will reportedly measure 4500mm long which will make it 140mm shorter than the aforementioned SLS, while retaining just about the same width and height. All signs point to a newly developed V8 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine shared with the next-gen C63 AMG. Output is estimated at 493 bhp (327 kW) wrapped in a body weighing about 3,417 lbs (1,550 kg) with a 48:52 weight distribution and an approximate 320 bhp / ton ratio.

The Mercedes-Benz SLC is expected to be shown at this year's Formula 1 German Grand Prix which will take place on July 20 at Hockenheim.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz SLC returns in fresh spy photos