Last year, a report claiming that the Mercedes-Benz SLC could be axed emerged. However, an official decision has yet to be taken, but everything seems possible at the moment.
Speaking to DigitalTrends, AMG boss Tobias Moers commented on the future of the small roadster: “I don’t know, it’s under discussion. Under construction, so to speak.”
Even if the SLC is discontinued, the German car brand won’t be left with a gap in its lineup, as it’s apparently interested in launching a Porsche 718 Cayman rival. The model was hinted by Moers last month, and if approved for production, then it will likely be developed by AMG.
While the SLC could face the axe, its larger sibling, the SL, will live on. Its successor should step away from the grand tourer recipe and become a performance-focused roadster. But it won’t be created by the three-pointed star’s performance arm: “I heard about that rumor. That rumor is wrong”, Moers deadpanned.
Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche talked about the next-gen SL during the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and said that it’s going to be “a real wow car, a stunning car”. The roadster’s successor is currently in development and should arrive in 2021 with plenty of mechanical novelties, including rear-wheel steering.
Some sort of electrification might be implemented, given that it will remain in production until close to the end of next decade, whereas the AMG range-topper will probably use AMG’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8.