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Merc's next 'Gullwing' spotted

2008-09-29 07:37
Mercedes

While at first glance revealing little more than bolted-on body panels, these images show more details about the next Mercedes sportscar.

It’s been a year since a "C197", which at the time was nothing more than a mule with Dodge Viper parts stuck to it, was first spotted testing in the US. The car pictured in these images - this time with real gullwing doors - could well be considered an early prototype.

The next Mercedes-Benz Gullwing has often been referred to as a SLC, but it is expected that the production version will have a new name. It could possibly also be build under the AMG label.

Details are sparse, but a silver paddle shifter was spotted by our spies, although it's still unknown whether the car will have a six-, seven- or even eight-speed gearbox.

Another detail visible from these images is the massive, cross-drilled brake discs responsible for stopping those Pirellis.

We are also able to see a strip of LED daytime running lights beneath the headlight clusters, and there also appears to be additional LEDs in the top section of the same clusters.

The production model is also expected to carry the three-pointed star on the centre of its grille - much like the 300 SL.

Power could come from a forced-induction V8 or maybe even a V10.

A Geneva Motor Show debut in 2010 is anticipated and the Gullwing will likely have a very limited production run with around 6 000 units per year being built.

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