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TOP SECRET Mercedes tight-lipped about its SLC AMG deemed a ‘Porsche 911 Turbo contender’

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Mercedes-Benz is still keeping tight-lipped about its Porsche 911 contender, rumored to be called the SLC, however spy shots gives us our best look yet at the sporty coupe.

Production of the marque’s flagship sports car – the SLS - will be ending in July this year, and what we hear is that development of the new SLC (codenamed C190) is steadily progressing. Some are suggesting that the new car could be called the Mercedes GT instead.

SPY SHOT: Mercedes are keeping the details of the SLC AMG, codenamed C190, a closely guarded secret for now

SPY SHOT: Mercedes are keeping the details of the SLC AMG, codenamed C190, a closely guarded secret for now

From what we can tell, the SLC will wear a face similar to recent Mercedes products with large, LED-trimmed headlights, aggressive fascia air inlets and an upright grille. More importantly, the SLC's rump is coming into focus with its large hatch and integrated exhaust outlets, but you can also make out the shape of the horizontally oriented taillights.

There are still plenty of uncertainties about the SLC/GT, however its been predicted that it will use a new 4.0-litre, modular V-8 with a twin-turbocharger setup. This engine is touted to deliver about 500 horsepower, pitting it against the mighty 911 Turbo. Two more engines will be available on the SLC/GT AMG, a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V-8 and a Black Series version with a 6.2-litre V8 with just under 600 horsepower.

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According to sources, the new Mercedes-Benz is to be unveiled at the German Grand Prix later this year and will go on sale in 2015.

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