Later this year, Mercedes-Benz will be replacing the SLK-Class with an updated version of the car called the SLC-Class, and while we spotted this new roadster testing in limited camouflage in April, our spy photographers have once again caught up with the hard-top roadster revealing a few more changes to the lineup. At first glance, it’s hard to spot any major changes between the two prototypes, but upon closer inspection, this car can be seen wearing bigger brakes, fatter tires and a more aggressive body styling.
With these minor changes that don’t seem to be wild enough for an AMG model, it looks like the SLC-Class will be getting one of the new AMG Sport models to give customers a little extra performance without having to step up to the full-bore AMG model, which is meaner and faster, but more expensive. As Mercedes tries to better align its growing lineup of models, this middle-ground roadster will most likely be called the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC450 AMG Sport, following the nomenclature of the recently introduced 2016 C450 AMG Sport.
The purpose of the AMG Sport models (which will likely be used on most Mercedes models) is to bridge the performance gap, and to avoid any confusion between the new AMG Sport models and the true AMG models. The latter will now wear Mercedes-AMG branding – like the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 – while the AMG Sport models will continue to carry the standard Mercedes-Benz name.
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