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Re: Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing

SLS AMGBy Gunnar Heinrich

MERCEDES’ new “super sports car” may, in fact, serve up 571 bhp. And it may have a handy rear biased weight ratio of 48/52 thanks to a newfangled transmission. And, yes, it may be sprung on an all aluminum double wishbone suspension and feature ceramic stoppers.

But all that doesn’t really interest me at the moment. What I want to know is: why is the 2010 SLS AMG no longer called “SLC”?

There was some buzz last year that Benz was bringing back not only the Gullwing concept but also the old moniker from the famed rally (S-Class) coupe from the 70s – the R107 450SLC.

The odds in Vegas are that Daimler didn’t want to confuse people with too many historical cross references and decided to stick more with just the 300SL Gullwing lore. Or something to that effect.

Since the AMG sports car that’s meant to replace the SLR McLaren couldn’t be strictly an “SL”, “SLS” was what they came up with. They should’ve stuck with SLC anyway…unless there’s something else coming down the pike…

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