We’ve just heard that the Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance arm may launch a smaller sports car at a major auto show later this year. As we first reported in summer 2010, AMG will develop a smaller version of the exotic SLS AMG supercar (pictured).
The new car will be developed and branded as an AMG vehicle, not a Mercedes-Benz. It is expected to be an aluminum-bodied coupe and roadster that could compete with cars like the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. The new car is codenamed SLV, where the “V” stands for variable body styles that could potentially encompass coupes, roadsters, hatchbacks, and so on.
We believe the compact AMG will be based on a smaller version of the SLS’s aluminum architecture, with some sort of V-6 engine providing motivation via a dual-clutch transmission. The car’s smaller size will engender a lower curb weight, presumably making the compact AMG a more nimble and responsive weapon for dispatching with twisty roads.
Our information suggests that the new car will debut by 2014 in both convertible and coupe guises. Stay tuned, as more information is certain to trickle out as we approach the unnamed car’s auto show debut. Mercedes is also expected to fight Porsche’s 911 with a car that fits between the SLV and SLS, called the SLC.
Source: Motor Trend