AMG’s Tobias Moers has confirmed that a new Mercedes SLS is planned – as is a sub-SLS SLC – but it won’t come with hybrid power and electric assistance.
The Geneva Motor Show – which ends this weekend – has seen a proper supercar bonanza with the new LaFerrari and McLaren P1 stealing the show with dramatic looks and dramatic power, both helped by a healthy dose of electric assistance to add a green, and performance, edge.
But the Mercedes take on a supercar – the Mercedes SLS – isn’t set to go down the KERS route ant time soon according to AMG’s Director of Vehicle Development, Tobias Moers, who said that a next generation SLS – which is under development – would rely on weight saving and engine tweaking, just like the new Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series (pictured above), rather than electric assistance for its performance.
Moers also said that Mercedes and AMG realised that the AMG brand doesn’t have the cachet of Ferrari and they have no plans to produce a car to go head to head with LaFerrari (or even the McLaren P1) so we won’t be seeing a hyper-SLS pushed upmarket in to the firing line of Ferrari any time soon.
But Moers also said that Mercedes are looking at producing a ‘baby’ SLS, something we’ve been reporting on since 2009, confirming our report last year that the second AMG model would arrive as the Mercedes SLC to slot above Mercedes’ AMG badged models as the second pure AMG model, complete with rear wheel drive and a V8 under the bonnet.
The Mercedes SLS (and the Mercedes SLC) may not quite have the cachet of a Ferrari, but a new SLS should run it close on performance and it will be good to see a smaller front-engined V8 with rear wheel drive in the new Mercedes SLC.