by Bill P.
One my fav little turbo whips – the SLK is reincarnated into the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC. Designers took a C-Class coupe, chopped off the roof and stretched out the front nose to give this whip fresh roadster flair.
The 2017 SLC line includes the base SLC 180, sporty SLC 300, pocket rocket SLC 43 and my bae, the UK’s Mercedes-AMG SLC 43
Roadster with a 362 horsepower V6 biturbo engine and AMG sport suspension. The UK also has a diesel-powered SLC 250 d with a 204 horsepower 2.1 liter diesel engine, a petrol SLC 200 and SLC 300. All-together, the Mercedes-Benz SLC has 4 available engine options and 2 transmission choices.
What’s impressive about this new sports car is the harmonious balance that MBUSA designers work painstakingly to achieve between a truly efficient yet versatile aggressive powertrain, a fresh compact sports car look, and a functional tech-advanced interior.
The SLC is a fun little sports car across the line. Each model puts the focus on certain performance elements – whether aggressive torque as with the SLC 43 or the SLC 300’s peppy powertrain and cool interior.
Fun Size Sporty Design
The 2017 Mercedes SLC is a low-slung slender convertible with a sharp hood and raked front fascia. The standard diamond radiator grille has iridium silver and chrome trim. Big air intakes also have chrome trim. LED fog lights and tail lights are standard while LED headlights are optional with Dynamic LED Headlights. Portions have a black finish. Seventeen and 18 inch alloy wheels are available.
The SLCs vario roof is operable at up to 25 mph. While the air scarf will keep passengers neck area warm with the top down.
The cockpit of the lil 2017 SLC is driver-focused with Nappa leather and aluminum trim with carbon fiber finish. Perforated leather seats have piping and contrast stitching now available with 2 new colors – saddle brown and platinum white.
The SLC 43’s optional flat-bottomed steering wheel is Nappa leather-wrapped with contrast stitching, chrome and microfiber trim. Black paddle shifters are available with the Sport Package.
Drivers have a standard 4.5 inch (diagonal) TFT multi information in the dash in all models.
Infotaiment with the Command system on the 7 inch (diagonal) high-resolution digital screen offers new features like internet, a DVD player, Satellite radio, SD card slot, and hard disk navigation with aerial views.
Opulent Magic Sky Control is available with the panorama roof. The glass can be dimmed to give shade on a sunny day. And ambient light is now offered in polar blue and polar white illuminating the vehicle from roof to footwell.
Peppy Powertrain with Efficient Engines
The most impressive part of the new SLC are the engine options. All but the SLC 43 have aggressive 4 cylinder engine, with the SLC 43 boasting a V6.
|SLC 180||SLC 200||SLC 300||SLC 250 d||SLC 43|
|Number of cylinders/arrangement||4/in-line||4/in-line||4/in-line||4/in-line||6/V|
|Rated output||156 hp at 5300 rpm||184 hp at 5500 rpm||245 hp at 5500 rpm||204 hp at 3800 rpm||367 hp at 5500-6000 rpm|
(torque at rpm)
|184 lb-ft at 1200-4000 rpm||221 lb-ft at 1200-4000 rpm||273 lb-ft at 1300-4000 rpm||368 lb-ft at 1600-1800 rpm||384 lb-ft at
|8.1 sec||6.9 sec||5.8 sec||6.6 sec||4.7 sec|
|Top speed mph||140 mph||149 mph||155 mph||152 mph||155 mph|
The SLC 180 and SLC 200 are fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission. The sport/comfort-oriented 9G-Tronic automatic transmission is available for these models and standard in the SLC 250 d, SLC 300 and SLC 43.
The Dynamic Select at the upper control panel in the dash will adjust the engine, transmission, steering and suspension to Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Eco and Individual modes. Dynamic Select is a standard feature in the SLC 300 and SLC 250 d. In the SLC 180 and SLC 200 with 9G-Tronic, transmission mode selection is available as an option.
The SLC 43 features a standard AMG Sport exhaust system and uses the two adjustable exhaust flaps to adapt the sound to the mode selected via Dynamic Select.
Drivers who choose the Dynamic Handling package which features a 10 mm 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+ mode. Here the damping force at each individual wheel is automatically and continuously adapted to the current driving conditions.
The SLC 300 is fitted with the sports exhaust system as standard, while it is available for the SLC 200 in conjunction with 9G-Tronic and the AMG Line/Sports package.
The Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 is available with a host of standard equipment including AMG sports exhaust system, AMG sports suspension, AMG Handling Package, and AMG high-performance braking system with red–painted brake calipers. LED Intelligent Light System and Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, Parktronic and Garmin® MAP PILOT with Live Traffic Information are also standard.
A new feature for the SLC is the standard-fit Active Brake Assist. 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.
High Beam Assist is optional as Attention Assist, and an Active Bonnet. Traffic Sign Traffic Sign Assist is available with Command Online.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLC is on sale now starting at $48,875. The whip is cute, sporty and fresh, but for that price, I’d rather whip a Chevy Corvette, Porsche 718 Boxer, Audi TT RS, or my enduring side-piece, the Jaguar F-Type.