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The new SLC

21 Jun 2016
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2016-07-04 The new SLC

  • With 20 years of Roadster driving experience – and over 650k units sold worldwide – the new SLC is continuing a tremendous success story to remain the leader in its class.
  • The new generation SLC combines thrilling design with agile sportiness and comfort.
  • Thanks to the combination of a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine and a 9G-TRONIC sport transmission, the 362 hp roadster is more fuel-efficient than its predecessor
  • Unique driving fun combining the best of Cabriolet open-air pleasure and functionality of a conventional rooftop
  • The SLC’s new LED technology features low energy consumption, a long service life and a pleasant white light which approximates the daylight spectrum

Just in time for the 20th birthday of its segment, the archetypal compact roadster enjoys a new evolution - with a new name, optimised technology and an enhanced look. The new Mercedes-Benz SLC (previously SLK) takes the roadster’s driving pleasure to a new level thanks to an unrivalled combination of sportiness and comfort. Comprehensively refined, and with a model line-up ranging from the entry level SLC 200 to the top-of-the-line Mercedes-AMG SLC 43, the renamed compact roadster will appeal to today’s confident individualist determined to experience life’s exclusive pleasures.

“Compact, powerful and economical, the new SLC offers drivers pure AMG driving pleasure in a compact and stylish open-top two-seater.” said Dirk Fetzer, Vice President & Director of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East & Levant. “Having been a technology leader in its segment since it first introduced the innovative vario-roof, the new SLC combines open-air driving pleasure with uncompromised comfort in poor weather, to unite the classic virtues of a roadster with exemplary efficiency.”

The new SLC 43 represents the entry point into the current roadster world of AMG. Apart from the renaming of the SLK to SLC, the open-top two-seater also comes with a new AMG nomenclature. With its overall "engineered in Affalterbach" package of typical AMG driving dynamics, engine response and high efficiency, the SLC 43 is competitively positioned in the segment. The 43 stands for the further-developed AMG 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine. The Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 is therefore the first V6 model from Affalterbach to feature the new nomenclature.

High on power, low on consumption: the 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine
Thanks to the combination of a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine and a 9G- TRONIC sport transmission, the 362 hp roadster is more fuel-efficient than its predecessor, the SLK 55 with a naturally aspirated V8 engine. The new Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 is also the most efficient six-cylinder performance roadster on the market. The specially developed suspension and model-specific mountings for the engine and rear-axle gear unit are designed for high lateral acceleration and low roll. Even greater driving dynamics are optionally available with the AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with adaptive adjustable damping, and the Handling package with mechanical limited-slip differential on the rear axle.

The 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine offers impressive performance with its 362 hp maximum power and peak torque of 384 lb-ft: sprinting from 0 - 60 in 4.6 seconds, its top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph. With newly developed front and rear axles, new engine/rear-axle gear unit mountings, stiff elastokinematics and highly precise steering.

DYNAMIC SELECT: five modes

With DYNAMIC SELECT the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted instantly at the touch of a button, as the system modifies the engine, transmission, steering and suspension at the driver’s behest. The five modes – “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+”, “Eco” and “Individual” are easy to select using the DYNAMIC SELECT button in the upper control panel on the dashboard console. Drivers who choose the Dynamic Handling package, which features a 10 millimetre lower chassis, an adaptive damping system, direct steering and ESP® Dynamic Cornering Assist, can also use DYNAMIC SELECT to specify the damping force in “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport+” modes. Here the damping force at each individual wheel is automatically and continuously adapted to the current driving conditions. With the sports exhaust system the sound experience can be intensified as the acoustics can be adjusted via an integral exhaust flap in conjunction with the DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes.

Assistance and safety systems: a comprehensive range

A new feature for the SLC is the standard-fit Active Brake Assist, known in other model series as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS. In addition to radar-based proximity warning and braking assistance by Adaptive Brake Assist, this Active Brake Assist system carries out autonomous braking to reduce the danger of rear-end collisions. If the driver fails to act when a risk of a collision is detected, despite the warning lamp in the instrument cluster and the intermittent audible alert, the system will initiate automatic braking. This significantly reduces the vehicle speed. At low relative speeds, this intervention may be sufficient to prevent a rear-end collision with slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles. Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist also remain available.

For optimum visibility on high roads, when cornering and on bends, the optional LED Intelligent Light System automatically adapts to all light and driving conditions. The LED technology features low energy consumption, a long service life and a pleasant white light which approximates the daylight spectrum. The five functions of the LED Intelligent Light System include motorway mode, cornering light function, camera-based active light function, roundabout light function and also the enhanced fog light function.

Reversing into a parking space and manoeuvring can be made significantly safer and more straightforward with the optional reversing camera. The camera is automatically activated when reverse gear is engaged and uses the head unit display to show the driver the area behind the vehicle with dynamic guide lines. As an option, Parking Assist PARKTRONIC including Parking Guidance can make locating a parking space and parallel parking easier. Both Parking Assist PARKTRONIC and reversing camera comes as standard in the GCC.

Technology Leader: vario-roof now even easier to operate

The SLC's vario-roof combines open-top driving pleasure with uncompromised comfort, with an even smoother electrohydraulic roof that allows easy opening or closing, even while driving at speeds up to 40 km/h.

Even with the top down, optional features ensure that the SLC is able to offer the perfect on-board climate, while the small side window behind the door can now be closed separately when the top is down, reducing wind noise.

A feature that continues to be unique to the SLC is the panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL – a glass roof that lightens or darkens at the touch of a button – providing an open-air feeling at any time, but when required gives welcome shade under a hot sun.

The classic strengths of the SLC also include its well-designed boot, which at 335 litres has easily the highest capacity in this segment.

Exterior design: diamond radiator grille and LED Intelligent Light System
As part of the facelift, the Mercedes-Benz designers have further honed the roadster's sporty look. The new front section, where the steeply raked radiator grille elongates the appearance of the arrow-shaped bonnet, is particularly striking. All SLC models feature a diamond radiator grille as standard.

The side view of the SLC reveals the typical features of a roadster with a long bonnet, a passenger compartment that is set back and a short rear. The silhouette is defined by the gently rising beltline and the sweeping curve of the roof, the powerfully moulded wheel arches, sporty 16 to 18-inch light-alloy wheels and the ventilation grilles in the front wing, echoing the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.

Powerful proportions define the rear section with its muscular wings. The rear bumper with its black diffuser, chrome touches and integral tailpipe trim signal the dynamic potential of the SLC. The tail light units, which now have a narrower design, feature LED technology and are divided horizontally: the top and middle lights are the brake and tail light, and below them are the direction indicator and reversing light. The boot lid has a pronounced arrow shape and the third brake light is positioned in the spoiler lip.

The LED daytime running lamps are integrated into the headlamp units. The lenses are made from clear polycarbonate and have a scratchproof coating. With the LED Intelligent Light System the edges and other parts of the headlamp housing are finished in black – conveying a high-level of perceived quality and an effective sense of depth.

The interior: larger display and electroplated control elements
The interior of the facelifted SLC Highlights include new light or dark aluminium trim parts with a carbon fibre finish. The instrument cluster has a new design too. The two tubular instrument surrounds now feature black dials. Red needles also add to the sporty, contemporary design.

A large, multifunction, colour TFT display with a screen diagonal of 4.5 inches (11.4 cm) is incorporated between the two dials as standard. An alogue clock with a black dial is available as an option. The display between the two ventilation outlets in the centre console has been significantly increased in size: in conjunction with Audio 20 it now has a diagonal of 7 inches (17.8 cm) instead of 5.8 inches (14.7 cm). The screen surround is in high-gloss black. Additional displays for vehicle parameters underline the sporty feel – as do the dials showing the engine data.

The electroplated control elements for the electrically adjustable seats (available in conjunction with the Memory package) and the electroplated steering wheel shift paddles, offered in conjunction with the AMG Line (GCC Standard) and Sports package, demonstrate an impressive attention to detail.
The ambient lighting has been extended to the footwell, creating a more generous sense of space. As well as solar red there are now two additional colours – polar blue and polar white.

The new model line-up at a glance:

  SLC 200 SLC 300 SLC 43
Number of cylinders/arrangement 4/in-line 4/in-line 6/V
Displacement (cc) 1991 1991 2996

Rated output 
(kW/hp at rpm)

135/184 at 5500 180/245 at 5500 270/367 at 5500-6000

Rated torque 
(Nm at rpm)

300 at 1200-4000

370 at 1300-4000

520 at 

Combined fuel consumption 
from (l/100 km)

5.7 5.8  7.8
Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km) 133 134  178

Efficiency class

B B  D
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 6.9 5.8  4.7

Pricing starts from USD 48,900 for the SLC 200, USD 54,200 for the SLC 300 and USD 67,200 the SLC 43.