2016 Mercedes SLC Roadster Prototype Spied in Stuttgart

2016 Mercedes SLC Roadster Prototype Spied in Stuttgart 1 photo
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The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has bee relatively anonymous ever since its launch. Few people have praised the baby roadster from Germany, and even fewer compared it to the Porsche Boxster like they used to.
However, a replacement is coming in the form of the 2016, and it's about to be closely matched to the Porsche. You see, while the Boxster is getting its first turbocharged engines, the 2-seater with the star badge is also going for forced induction.

The flagship model is likely to be the SLC 450 AMG, equipped with a 3-liter twin-turbo engine that produces around 370 PS. However, this spy video probably shows something a little more down-to-earth.

Judging from the number of exhausts, we're dealing with a four-banger here. The range will probably kick off with the SLC 200, equipped with a 2-liter engine that delivers 190 PS and 300 Nm (222 lb-ft) of torque. Next up will be the SLK 300 with the same type of turbo engine but more power - 245 hp and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft).

We're expecting the SLK 350 and its 3.5-liter engine to be phased out and replaced by the SLK 400, a twin-turbo V6 with more torque.

Cosmetically speaking, the biggest difference between the old model and the new one is at the front. There, the latest Mercedes design language gives us a prominent new grille design and a new bumper with softer edges. Hopefully, even though the lights have not been changed, they will be upgraded to the LED tech seen on the C-Class.

According to the rumor mill, the SLC-Class will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and enter production during the first quarter of 2016.

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