Not exactly the piece of news we wanted to hear.
Although we suspected something like this for a while now, it appears that 2014 will in fact be the final production and model year for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. There will be no immediate replacement. However, we’ve also known for some time that Mercedes is currently at work on its upcoming Porsche 911 fighter, which will be built on an evolved version of the SLS’s platform. This new high-performance sports car will be small and lighter than the SLS.
Unfortunately it won’t have the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 under its hood. That engine will also be dropped when the SLS goes. The SLS successor (possibly to be called the SLR) will be powered instead by a twin-turbo V8 that’ll be good for around 480 horsepower. The new car will also be significantly lighter thanks to an all-aluminum frame. For now Mercedes is staying mum about an official launch date, but we’re guessing it’ll premiere sometime in 2015 and go on sale 2016.