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Mercedes-Benz has ruled out V8-power for its new SLC, previously called SLK. Photo: Automedia

There won't be a V8 crammed under the bonnet of the next-generation of Mercedes-AMG's baby roadster.

The head of the three-pointed star's high-performance division, Tobias Moers, confirmed to Australian media in Spain this week that it plans to debut its first V6-powered AMG model since the C32 was produced in 2002 in the replacement for the SLK55, which is expected to be revealed at the 2016 Detroit motor show in January and adopt the SLC moniker in line with Mercedes' new naming strategy.

Moers was hesitant to reveal exact details, but conceded the car will be offered in both AMG Sport and as a dedicated AMG model with differing tunes of the company's 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6.

He admitted the new AMG-specific version will offer more power than the 270kW generated in the SLC450 AMG Sport but it is unlikely to match the 310kW produced by the naturally-aspirated 5.5-litre V8 in the current car.

"No, let's wait and see," he responded when asked directly if it would feature a V8 engine.

"It's not a dedicated engine [like other AMG models], but it's more part of the AMG family than the Sport models are today so yes we are going to change something.

"There is no need [for more power than current SLK55]. It's all about providing value – we will move down with the price but offer more value than ever before," he added, also promising the car will be the "sportiest that car has ever been in terms of driving dynamics."

"It's close and it's a nice car…"

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I am really surprised they do not opt for the new all AMG M331 engine - it powers the A45, which is as near as dammit same weight, quicker than the SLK55.

I am intrigued by the hint of a rear spoiler in the photo…or, is it a trick of the light reflection on the boot lid?
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I will be very disappointed. Unless they can replicate the v8 sound somehow. 😭😭😭
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Have to see the performance specs., listen to its sound and how it looks in person. Hope marketing offers it for marketing test drive/consumer research like they did with the introduction of R172 initally.

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cool….makes mine more valuable…I coulda had a V8!!!
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I agree naturally aspirated V8 AMGs will become more sought after in the future
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So are we talking about no hand built 'one man' engines anymore for the SLC?
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I will be monitoring the C63 cabriolet. Just in case we are let down.
Think I read somewhere that the Porsche Boxter is also downsizing to 4cylinders ?

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I am not so disappointed about the V6 engine as I am about the horsepower comment. Below are some examples of production V6 cars that have hp levels at or above the current advertised R172 V8 output. Heck, even GM has a decent turbocharged V6. Some of these engines also sound pretty good.

Nissan GT-R
3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 making 545 hp

911 GT2 RS (1998!!!)
Air-cooled twin-turbocharged 6 making 450 hp

Cadillac CTS Vsport
3.6 Liter Twin Turbo V6 LF3 Engine making 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 430 lb.-ft. (583 Nm)

New Ford GT
twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 output is pegged to make more than 600 hp

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V8 is fast becoming a dinosaur. Re the SLK, it will be a hard decision for me whether to pop an order in for one of the last V8s, or go for technology and wait for the new ones - that is if I want to go V6. For the small difference, I am happy with the new 4 cylinder options - and as I said earlier, if the were to install the M331 in an SLK, I am sold!

4 cylinders are becoming the norm out of Europe. I bought a Renault Clio RS220 the other day. The engine is so small, you might miss it opening the bonnet - but it moves and sounds like a crazy banshee!

I agree that the demise of the V8 is sad, but hey, modern V8s have no sound at all compared to the old daddy V8s! Now those, I really miss!

Technology is going into smaller engines these days - witness Formula 1, 1600cc and they sound like sewing machines, but you have to admire what they produce - more than any V8 ever did!
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As long as you can flash the ecu past 500hp, I will be cool with it.
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I am not so disappointed about the V6 engine as I am about the horsepower comment. Below are some examples of production V6 cars that have hp levels at or above the current advertised R172 V8 output. Heck, even GM has a decent turbocharged V6. Some of these engines also sound pretty good.

Nissan GT-R
3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 making 545 hp
You are right PitchRate. And doesn't the GTR sound heavenly.
AMG should be able to pull it off, as they did with the 4.0 Biturbo or

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