The Mercedes Benz SLC Roadster is a gorgeous automobile inside and out. Its diamond-patterned grille, puddle LED headlamps, low-slung, sleek, aerodynamic, body, 18-inch alloy wheels and retractable hardtop or push-button variable-tint panoramic glass roof creates a smooth, suave, look. Its refined, sophisticated interior features a flat-bottom steering wheel, 4-way power steering column, perfectly placed black-faced primary gauges, elegant silver switches and buttons, 7.0-inch infotainment screen, TFT driver-information screen, rearview camera, supportive, comfortable leather sport seats, contrast stitching and adequate storage space.
The new SLC Roadster comes in two different models, the SLC300 and the SLC43. The standard engine on the SLC300 is a 2.0-liter, 241 horsepower turbocharged inline-four model that produces 273 pound-feet of torque. It works in combination with a nine-speed automatic transmission. They help the vehicle get 25 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg when it hits the highway and only take 5.7 seconds to go from zero to 60. The SLC43 roadster has a 3.0-liter, 362 horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 engine under the hood. It, too, is mated an excellent nine-speed automatic transmission. Its zero to 60 mph time is a skimpy 4.6 seconds.
When the rubber hits the road, the Mercedes Benz SLC Roadster really excels. Drivers rave about its accurate, precise steering, dynamic handling, nice body motions with near non-existent body roll, impressive high-speed manners, comfortable ride and snappy downshifts under braking. Mash the accelerator and this vehicle surges past the competition and its braking is exceptional even on high-speed mountain descents. This new roadster’s nifty maneuverability and robust engine output make driving it particularly entertaining in tight inner-city traffic or on the open highway.
Available Optional Equipment
Although the standard equipment on the Mercedes Benz SLC-Class Roadster is impressive, the vehicle also has a wide range of available options that can improve its function and performance and the safety of its occupants. Some of the SLC Roadster’s options includes active brake assist, adaptive braking, dual roll bars and a group of special equipment packages. The Premium 1 Package comes with Keyless Go, heated seats, neck-warming airscarf system, blind spot assist, Harman/Kardon premium audio system and remote hardtop operation.
Choose the Premium 2 Package and you get navigation, voice control, dual-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay compatibility, ambient interior lighting and active LED headlamps featuring adaptive high beam assist. The Premium 3 Package adds adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and parking assistant. The AMG Line package upgrades to the exterior of the Mercedes Benz SLC43 include an adaptive suspension system, AMG body-styling items and 18-inch AMG alloy wheels. Plus, the Night Package comes with AMG gloss black and alloy exterior accents. An optional limited-slip differential that anchors the rear wheels and provides additional traction when powering away is also available on the SLC43.
Driver Assistance Features
This technologically advanced convertible roadster from Mercedes Benz has generous standard safety and driver assistance equipment designed to keep the driver and other occupants safe and secure. In addition to those, the convertible can also be equipped with a number of other excellent features that are designed to ensure not only is this stylish new convertible fun to drive and a pleasure to ride in, occupant safety is also a very high priority. It’s all part of why the Mercedes Benz convertibles are considered to be among the very best automobiles ever made.
With all the stylistic upgrades in this latest model of SLC, it’s clear this roadster is much more than just an eminently usable daily transport. Its new rounded nose, dual-element headlights, bisected grille with three-pointed star and orbiting chrome and black dots in its new front fascia, aggressive, aerodynamic body line, more luxurious and technologically advanced interior and enhanced safety and performance features, show this vehicle is clearly announced Mercedes Benz is still at the head of the class when it comes to automotive style and sophistication.
A New Generation
With the recently introduced SLC300 and SLC43, Mercedes Benz is ushering in a new generation of technologically and stylistically advanced automobiles for people who appreciate quality. While many of the upgrades are subtle, once you slide inside and put the new line of performance automobiles through their paces, it quickly becomes clear Mercedes-Benz automobiles remain head and shoulders above the competition. This new generation of convertible roadsters are tailor-made to advance the comfort, convenience and spectacular performance long associated with the brand.
The SLC300 and AMG SLC43 are more attractive, lighter, more agile and about as powerful as their predecessors. And only the SLC43s full-width front air intakes, quad-element tailpipes, soft Nappa leather or advance microfiber upholstery, race timer, AMG instruments and more intense feel sets them apart from each other. If you’re looking for a truly special automobile, the Mercedes Benz new SLC-class roadsters are an excellent choice.