A few months ago it was reported that Mercedes-AMG could possibly expand its lineup with a new small sports car that would rival the Porsche Cayman and Boxster. Although it has yet to be confirmed, we’re now hearing a bit more details about the small two-seater Mercedes-AMG sports car.
According to Autocar, Mercedes-Benz’s board of management has already been presented with the idea of a new smaller sports car that could be positioned as a replacement for the SLC. While the Mercedes-Benz SLC has a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, the new sports car would be more like the Porsche Cayman and Boxster with their mid-engine, rear-wheel drive setup.
Just like the two Porsche twins, the Mercedes-AMG rival would be offered in two versions, a coupe and to rival the Cayman and a convertible to go after the Boxster. Right now the model is currently in the conceptual phase as it waits to get the green light.
While we wait for the production announcement, a senior Mercedes-Benz manager stated to Autocar, “A lot of thought has gone into how Mercedes-AMG can better leverage its success in motorsport, particularly Formula 1 and endurance racing. One idea is a sports car that is relatively attainable financially and ideally suited to track day running. But it is just an idea and not a committed project right now.”
Do we have any idea of what the new sports car could look like? Well there’s a strong chance that it will take some styling cues from the Project One. The best part is that unlike the rest of the Mercedes-AMG lineup, the new smaller two seater will be more attainable with its lower starting price.