After rumor, after rumor, after rumor the baby Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, possibly dubbed the SLR has made its first public debut, and looks to be headed for our shores in the coming year.
Before we take a look at the SLR AMG, a quick recap of what we’ve speculated on the new baby SLS. For starters, the baby SLS AMG may go the route Chrysler went with the new SRT Viper – that is separating it from the Mercedes brand, and badging it just as an AMG model. Secondly, the SLR is the model’s latest rumored name. Early rumors suggested that the SLR would be called the SLV, though “SLV” may actually stand for “Super Light Variable,” signaling that the new car could come in coupe, convertible, or even shooting brake form (we’re reaching with that last one, we know). “SLC” also appeared as a possible name for the new baby SLS, but given Mercedes’ revised nomenclature scheme, the new sports car now looks as if it’ll revive the SLR nameplate.
With that, let’s take a look at the SLR. The spy shots show off a car that’s unquestionably related to the Mercedes SLS. The new coupe has the same long-hood, and short rear-deck proportions of the big daddy Benz. Like the SLS, the SLR’s wheels are pushed to the corners of the car, making it a front-mid-engined car. Under the long hood will sit a bespoke twin-turbo V-6, codenamed M276, which may be paired with an electric motor for around 483 hp combined. The new twin-turbo V-6 is rumored to be paired with a new nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox located in the rear transaxle.
Up front, the aluminum-framed SLR has a wide and low nose just like the SLS. Though this mule is covered in camouflage, we can make out a new front bumper not unlike that of the CLA45 AMG’s, as well as Angry Birds-like headlights with arching LED light pipes.
From its flanks, the SLR has a pretty interesting profile. The camouflage may have you thinking the car will have the SLS’ signature gullwing doors, but we’re confident that if the SLR is getting any SLS’ doors, it’s going to be the traditional forward-hinged units from the SLS Roadster. AMG’s camouflage does a pretty good job at masking what’s going on with the SLR’s rear deck, but we’re expecting a rear window similar to the SLS’ and not a 2+2 coupe as the camouflage may suggest.
In back, AMG’s SLR has a rounded SLS-like bobbed tail, with sleek new LED taillights. There are hints of a spoiler integrated into the rear deck lid, but we’re almost positive that the spoiler is another attempt at subterfuge by Mercedes.
The AMG SLR is expected to debut late this year or early next year, and go on sale in time for the 2015 model year with a price tag around $120,000.