Mercedes-Benz SLC Future Is Still ‘Under Discussion’, SL Will Live On

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.

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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.

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  • Adi

    Just kill it.

    • Bo Hanan

      The uh, “baby Benz” gets bigger with each redesign and its caught up in size to the SL, within a hair.

  • Nordschleife

    I can’t complain because I like options but I wouldn’t complain either if that let it die. I owned a first and second generation SLK so this car is in my heart but the market isn’t where it used to be. Mercedes-Benz has so many models a few deaths wouldn’t bother me.

  • Brandon

    As an owner of a R171 I can’t say I’m surprised. It’s such a specific and small market, there’s no way it could be that profitable. I just hope this means mine might be somewhat of a collectable someday.

  • Elmediterraneo

    Killing that SLC based on a C-class in favour of a AMG designed Porsche 718’s rival makes sense and I think this is what’s gonna happen. Here’s why :
    – Since the AMG GT, AMG is on a strategy to fight Porsche on their field. Firstly the GT targeted the 911, then the 4 door GT was designed specifically for the Panamera and now AMG’s CEO said that a smaller sports car (like a 718) is considered as AMG’s 3rd model.
    – The MSA platform is currently developed by AMG for the next SL and 2 door GT and a 3rd model more affordable will help make that investment profitable.
    – The +400hp 4 cylinder from the next A45 will be one of the best 4 cylinder on the market and it deserves to be put in RWD sportscar, it can also be completed on the bottom with a 300 hp 35 version to match exactly against the Porsche 718’s line up.
    – And of course, this should come as a coupe and roadster.

  • Kagan

    “next-gen SL during the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and said that it’s going to be “a real wow car, a stunning car””

    That they say for every model and you Always get dissapointed!

  • Honda NSX-R

    An AMG built 718 Cayman competior? Omg the want is real with this one

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