A brand-new model launched for the 2017 model year, the Mercedes-Benz SLC is a two-passenger luxury roadster that replaces the outgoing Mercedes SLK-Class. The SLK is a fun-to-drive hardtop convertible for those who value efficiency, performance and the Mercedes-Benz legacy, but need to stick to a reasonable budget.
Mercedes-Benz SLC Overview
The Mercedes SLC is a two-passenger hardtop convertible. Two variants were introduced for 2017, including the SLC300, which is powered by a 241-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and the Mercedes-AMG SLC43, which features a 362-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6. Both models come with a nine-speed automatic transmission with a manual shifting mode.
Mercedes’ base engine is powerful and efficient, making it an excellent choice if you’re looking for a fun-to-drive vehicle from a premium brand that won’t break the bank at the gas pump. The twin-turbocharged V6 engine found in the SLC43 is the enthusiast pick. With an impressive 362 horsepower, the AMG-inspired power plant provides enough muscle to rocket the roadster from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. Steering is precise and the suspension is firm but rarely punishing, even in the top AMG model. AMG models are enhanced with a unique suspension, exhaust and braking system. Multiple driving modes allow the SLC to be configured for any environment.
The SLC’s cabin is upscale and functional. Picking up where the outgoing SLK-Class left off, the updated interior features leather upholstery with elegant contrast stitching. All models feature an infotainment system with wireless connectivity. Standard equipment also includes power-adjustable sport seats, power-folding heated sideview mirrors, aluminum trim, a rearview camera and more.
Of course the best part of owning a roadster is the convertible top, and the SLC does not disappoint. The retractable hardtop gives the SLC the look, quiet and comfort of a grand tourer when up and the fun of a compact roadster when down. Mercedes has designed the hardtop to be operated at speeds up to 25 mph, and with optional climate-controlled seats convertible season is longer than ever. An optional variable-tint glass roof allows you to let a little sun in even when the top is up.