As Mercedes-Benz continues to test the facelifted SLK ahead of its market debut next year, a new prototype has been filmed doing the rounds at the Nurburgring. As suggested by the title, the facelifted SLK will be rebadged the Mercedes-Benz SLC to fit in line with the German marque’s latest nomenclature.
While testing of the new SLC has been underway for over a year, many details about the car remain a mystery, including just what engines it will be offered with. According to recent reports, the range-topping SLC AMG model will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 rather than the naturally-aspirated 5.5-litre V8 of the outgoing car.
Due to the engine and exhaust notes of this test mule, it’s obvious that a V8 engine isn’t present. While there certainly isn’t a V8 installed, there’s a chance it could be the twin-turbo V6 first introduced by the C450 AMG Sport. Because of the lack of aggressive bodywork of the car, we’re inclined to suggest it could be the SLC450 AMG Sport utilising rear-wheel drive and a dual-clutch transmission.
Whatever the case may be, the engine is very prone to crackling and popping on the overrun!