Mercedes-Benz may return to using in-line six-cylinder petrol engines, according to reports out of Europe this week.
According to Britain’s Autocar, the project is aimed at consolidating future engine development across the board, using a modular design that will accommodate four- and even three-cylinder versions.
Advantages of shifting to an in-line engine include easier turbocharging and improved engine longevity.
As for how Mercedes plans to tackles the engineering challenge of packaging the longer engines under the bonnet remains to be seen.
Mercedes-Benz ‘C190’ SLC AMG To Get 327kW V8
The SLC AMG is tipped to feature a 4.4 litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 327kW and 651Nm with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, according to a separate report from Britain's Autocar.
Mercedes sources have also reportedly hinted at a 0-100km/h time of “well under four seconds” and a top speed “above 300km/h”. Fuel consumption is reportedly close to 9.4 l/100km.
Known internally as the ‘C190’ and up until now as the ‘SLC’, the report also suggests the car’s real name may simply be ‘GT’.
Whether the SLC will replace the SLS AMG in Mercedes’ line-up is still unclear, but the report suggests the SLS may be set for retirement in mid 2014.
A starting price of 100,000 pounds (AU$170,946) has also been rumoured for the SLC, as the three-pointed star looks to take on the Porsche 911 in the UK market when sales begin there in 2015.
The SLC will be 4500mm long, making it 140mm shorter than the SLS, with a width of 1939mm and the new model will be perched upon 19-inch wheels.
Other changes include a shift to ‘regular’ front-hinged doors in place of the SLS’s gull-wing design and a lift-back boot, which replaces the sedan-style boot of the SLS.
The Mercedes-Benz SLC AMG, or whatever name it may receive, is set to debut as the safety car at the 2014 German Formula 1 Grand Prix.