If you are in the market for a Non Status Contract Hire motor then Mercedes-Benz is upping the ante on their new SLC, aimed at competing against the Porsche 911 and it will be launched in late 2015. Mercedes seems very keen on the model as it would entice a younger audience, but it has met the objections of some of the higher-ups at Mercedes as they think it would be better to focus on more profitable models first. Non Status Contract Hire allows a much greater percentage of the UK population to enjoy getting approved for finance - even with poor credit on their credit file such as Bankruptcy and Debt Management plans. The procedure is still the same in that you get approved and can then pick your own vehicle but for something such as this Mercedes you would need to have a large deposit!
However, insiders at AMG has not revealed if the SLC will replace the SLS rather than be built alongside the SLS together with a range of other sports cars like the SLK, SL, SLC and the SLS.
The SLC bearing the code W190 will feature a more modern design, unlike the SLS which was inspired by a Mercedes’ own classic sports car, and this will hopefully interest the younger generation. A senior designer at Mercedes reveals that it is important that the car would suit the younger people, but it may end up being purchased by older customers.
Initially, the mini SLS will be launched in 2014, but engineering capacity challenges due to the new 2014 C-class has pushed the launch of the car to 2015.
But delays aside, sources indicate that the development of the car is very well under progress. It is reported that Mercedes will use the Aston Martin Vantage as a benchmark due to the Vantage having the same front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout like the SLC.
Its chassis will be built with lightweight aluminum and the kerb weight of the car should total in at 1480kg, weighing about 100kg more than the lightest 911 on offer. The V8 engine will be mounted as far back as possible to create an optimum weight distribution. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will be mounted in the rear axle.
No one really knows which Mercedes V8 powerplant the SLC will be powered with. Initially, the SLC would be powered with a new V8 twin-turbo 4.0-liter engine and the early stages of the development have already begun. However, the price of developing a new engine which would make about 450bhp is forcing AMG to use the SLK55 5.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 instead.
The engine makes 416bhp, which is 4bhp less than the Aston Martin Vantage V8 but 21bhp more powerful than the 911 Carrera S. But the torque of the engine, 398lbft, supersedes both cars. Those looking to order a new or used vehicle in the next few months and who might not have the most perfect of credit ratings need look no further with a product such as Non Status Contract Hire or leasing as it is also known. Pick the car, set the length of months and decide on your annual mileage and away you drive - even if local dealerships or bigger lenders have said no.
The head of AMG, Ola Källenius, denies the usage of a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 for the entry model saying that the customers demand the cult status of the AMG V8.
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