Spy crackers Hans and the Lehmannites caught shots of a Mercedes expected to issue a glovesmack to the Audi R8 in rumored V10 format. The duelist will be be based on the next SL underpinnings and be powered by the 6.2-liter AMG "63" V8. Natural aspiration, Winding Road speculates, could give way to turbocharging to make up any difference in power between it and its rivals. Expect considerable input from AMG's touring-car partner HWA. A hardtop and other bits of carbon-fiber could provide unweightiness to the car, which could revive the "SLC" moniker. Word is, something in this regard will show up at next year's Geneva auto show. Watch for it.

First Look: Mercedes-Benz's R8-Fighting SLC Super Coupe! [Winding Road]

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