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Mercedes SLS AMG to be replaced by AMG GT

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar is getting on in years, and we’ve already seen several sightings of smaller Mercedes sportscar prototypes that have until now thought to be a new sub-SLS model known as SLC.

However, Car and Driver is reporting that this new model will be known as Mercedes-Benz AMG GT, and will replace the SLS altogether as Mercedes’ supercar flagship. 

The GT moniker is already applied to a slightly hotter version of the SLS supercar overseas, which could represent a phasing-in of the badge ahead of the new model.

The use of GT (short for Gran Turismo or Grand Tourer) would be a natural fit for the proportions already evident in the prototypes, which continue the SLS’ classic long-nose, short tail profile that is reminiscent of several Grand Tourers of the past.

The SLS AMG is due to be phased out some time in 2014, and the report suggests the GT will ride on a smaller version of its platform codenamed C190. A soft top version is also expected, with both versions likely to more closely challenge the Porsche 911 for size and price.

In Australia, the current SLS is more than double the price of the entry 911 Carrera, and is nearly 150mm longer and 300kg heavier. Even the top-spec 911 Turbo S undercuts the SLS by nearly $30,000.

The curtain closing on the SLS will also likely mean the end for its naturally aspirated 6.2 litre V8, with the new model expected to use a version of the twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 already used by the E63, CLS 63, SL63, ML63,G63, S63 and CL63 AMG models, and the new C63 expected to use a twin-turbo 4.0-litre version when it arrives next year.

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