It has emerged that the new Mercedes-Benz SLC, set to replace the SLK, won’t be offered with a V8 engine in AMG guise.

Instead, Australian publication Motoring has learnt that the new AMG-branded SLC model will instead by installed with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine. It’s of little surprise that Mercedes-AMG will ditch the 5.5-litre V8 of the outgoing SLK63 as it is the company’s last remaining naturally-aspirated engine and not as efficient as AMG’s new twin-turbocharged engines.

While details about just how powerful the twin-turbo V6 will be when installed into the SLC are limited, it will reportedly power both an AMG Sport model and a true-AMG car. If that is the case, then it is inevitable that the AMG model will pump out more than the 362 hp offered by the AMG Sport range and more likely in the range of 400-450 hp.

Discussing the car, Mercedes-AMG chairman Tobias Moers said “It’s close, it’s not far away, I think we show up with the car in Detroit. It’s the sportiest and – regarding driving dynamics – agile SLK we ever made. It’s a nice car.”

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