2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43

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2017 MODEL

$60,300

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Overview

New for this year, the AMG SLC 43 replaces the old SLK lineup. WIth an aggressive facelift, smaller engine yet similarly powered the SLC is ready to win the hearts of purists and enthusiasts alike.

The V6 is step down from the V8 but this bi-turbo V6 is as efficient as the aforementioned. Mercedes claims that the new V6 equipped SLC is only a tenth of a second slower than its predecessor. With 362hp and 384 lb-ft of torque this German automaker promises some good numbers, but will it be enough?

The competition is steep in this segment with 718 Boxster, Audi TT RS and the Jaguar F type convertible in the race it should be no surprise that the one to be crowned king shall be the most deserving and weel.

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Pros

Sleek and aerodynamic styling

Drop-down metal roof-top

Suave stance

Cons

Shoddy braking

Expensive upgrades

The engine is AMG tuned rather than AMG crafted

What's New?

The first iteration of the SLC, in theory, is a revamped SLK 550 with a smaller engine. The V6 bi-turbo replaces the last of its kind naturally aspirated V8. Although being less powerful than its predecessor the AMG SLC 43 racks up almost the same track numbers.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$60300

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu. in.

horsepower

362 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

384 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

9-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13 in. ventilated disc brakes/14.2 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

95.7 in.

length

163.1 in.

width

71.5 in.

height

51.3 in.

curb weight

3518 lbs.

ground clearance

4.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

48.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

10.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/29 mpg

highway range

536.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

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Indium Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Exterior

8.5

Engine

9.1

Interior

9.6

9.1

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 AMG SLC 43

AMG SLC 43

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 2

$60,300

Configurations
AMG SLC 43 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)
Transmission: 9A MPG: (20/23/29)

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial Last updated 24 days ago

9.1

Overall Rating


 

9.1/10
Engine

 
 

9.6/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The V6 is step down from the V8 but this bi-turbo V6 is as efficient as the aforementioned. Mercedes claims that the new V6 equipped SLC is only a tenth of a second slower than its predecessor. With 362hp and 384 lb-ft of torque this German automaker promises some good numbers, but will it be enough?

Features

Only available in rear wheel drive the all-wheel-drive demographic has been isolated. With no other trim available the SLC 43 keeps it simple yet effective with only a few optional packages available.

Trim

2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43

MSRP

$61,350

Key

Features

  • Twin power sports seats with memory
  • 7" color screen and the central controller
  • Rearview camera
  • DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes
  • Sports exhaust with active sound
  • Power retractable Panorama roof

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With no expenses spared this is a fully loaded waiting to go on the road with its top down. The smartphone integration package will set you back by $350 but will make the infotainment work with your mobile seamlessly with the car.

Engine

9.1/10

“The SLC 43 replaces the previous SLK 55, with its new turbocharged V6 (362 horsepower) taking the place of the SLK 55's naturally aspirated V8. We'll miss that V8 and the authentic muscle-car character it brought to the car, but the SLC 43's performance should be very similar, if that's any consolation.” - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The new SLC 43 comes equipped with a smaller 3l bi-turbo V6 that manages to produce 384lb-ft of torque with 362hp. Not class leading but on the better side of things, the German do know how to make a good engine. The AMG tuning might not have put the car in the same category as an AMG crafted engine but it surely manages to capture the essence of one.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster

Jaguar F-Type Convertible

Porsche 718 Boxster

Audi TT RS

MSRP

$61,350

$63,850

$59,000

$64,900

Engine

3.0L Biturbo V6

2.0L i4 Turbocharged

2.0L 4-Cyl Horizontally Opposed Alum Alloy

2.5L, 5-Cyl, Turbocharged

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

7-speed S-Tronic

Horsepower

362 hp

296 hp

300 hp

400hp

Torque

384 lb-ft

295 lb-ft

280 lb-ft

354lb-ft.

 

Second, only to the Audi which produces 354 lb-ft of torque with 400hp, the newer merc is outclassed by a car that has a significantly smaller engine. The British is the one that seems to be in the race only for namesake.

Acceleration

A cruising roadster that is on the slower side of the table may fancy only a few and that is what the Merc is excellent at. Falling behind its German counterparts in the 0-60 parameter the Tristar logo company makes up for it in the Quarter mile side of things.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster

Jaguar F-Type Convertible

Porsche 718 Boxster

Audi TT RS

0-60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.4 sec

4.9 sec

3.6sec

Quarter mile

14.0 sec

14.1 sec

14.2 sec

11.9sec

Engine

3.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.5L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.7

6.8

7.3

N/A

The aport Audi TT RS is the undeniable winner here and wins a huge margin. With the only car racing to 60 in under 4 seconds, the Audi does not let go of this lead and finishes a quarter mile just shy of 12s mark. The Jaguar once again is at the bottom of the table.

 Braking & Handling

The highest weighted contender does not fare well in this test. With a stopping distance of 153 ft the 0-70mph of the Mercedes only manages to fare better than the Audi.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster

Jaguar F-Type Convertible

Porsche 718 Boxster

Audi TT RS

Brake Front (in.)

14.2

14.0

13.0

14.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13.0

12.8

11.8

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,541

3,405

2,943

3,306

70-0 MPH (ft.)

153

149

144

154

The Porsche takes the cake on this one all thanks to its Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes. This winning position can be attributed to the lightest weight of the lot. 144 ft of stopping distance is commendable by every standard.

Fuel Economy

Is a cruiser without a good mileage even a good cruiser. With AMG embossed car giving an average of 23 mpg it is modest at best. With the competition offering better numbers we are hard pressed to find a way to justify the Merc’s abysmal numbers.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster

Jaguar F-Type Convertible

Porsche 718 Boxster

Audi TT RS

MPG (city)

20

23

21

19

MPG (highway)

29

30

28

29

MPG (combined)

23

26

24

22

When it comes to oil the British finally come in and take the top spot in this field. Staying true to its colonial roots the Jaguar gives the highest fuel efficiency in this segment.

Interior

9.6/10

The plush Nappa leather seat laden interiors haven’t been changed to a great extent as compared to the SLK. The only redesigning we see is the reimagined instrument cluster, new seats, and a better seating arrangement.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster

Jaguar F-Type Convertible

Porsche 718 Boxster

Audi TT RS

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/52.2/42.5

37.0/56.5/42.8

N/A

37.1/53.6/41.1

Offering modest dimensions the Mercedes manages to be a snug and comfortable ride. The Jaguar offers the best in class interiors with an interior that oozes and reeks of opulence and grandeur. Compared to the Germans the British walks away as the victor on this one.

Infotainment System

The Mercedes brochure describes its infotainment as user-friendly innovations that aids and enhances the rides overall experience. Laden with a 7-inch touchscreen, Multifunction sport steering wheel and central control,Distronic cruise control the infotainment system is on the aging side of things.

Cargo volume

Convertibles have notoriously low storage space with the highest offering 12cubic feet if putting a few bags in the trunk and going on a ride is on your mind then you might be in the wrong section.With space available for a couple of duffle bags and maybe a few essentials the Mercedes is at the worse half of the table below.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster

Jaguar F-Type Convertible

Porsche 718 Boxster

Audi TT RS

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

10.1

11.0

9.7

12.0

The mean bulldog stance donning Audi provides the most storage utility space with a meager 12 cubic feet. The Jaguar comes in at a close second with 11 cubic feet of space. Space is dear in this segment so thou shallst chooseth wisely or repent this decision of thine.

Exterior

8.5/10

“Lots of convertibles these days have retractable hardtops. However, they don't have the Mercedes-Benz exclusive Magic Sky Control. With a push of a button, the glass in the roof panel goes from opaque to clear, giving you the feeling of open-air driving without the mussed hairdo.” - Kelley Blue Book.

Dimensions and Weight

With short stature, the SLC 43 Roadster looks compact powerful and aggressive much like it was intended to be. but do not let the small dimensions fool you as this roadster packs all the necessary punch neede for it to be a joyride.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 Roadster

Jaguar F-Type Convertible

Porsche 718 Boxster

Audi TT RS

Curb weight (lbs.)

3,541

3,405

2,943

3,306

Length(in)

163.1

176.5

172.4

165.0

Width(in)

71.5

75.7

70.9

72.1

Height(in)

51.3

51.3

50.9

52.9

Ground clearance (in)

3.5

4.0

4.3

4.3

Wheelbase (in)

95.7

103.2

97.4

98.6

Track width (in) F/R

61.0/61.7

62.9/64.9

59.6/60.3

61.6/60.8

Down to personal preference, the exterior on all the 4 cars looks amazing and drool-worthy. The Germans have a varying style whilst being from the same country, the Boxster is definitely a low rider and the Mercedes follows suit. The Audi TT looks small and packs a punch with it almost track ready, for a race.

Safety

  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Infrared- remote hardtop operation
  • Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature

Competition

Jaguar F-Type Convertible

A good looking car that does not perform as good as it looks, the Jaguar F type fails to surpass the car under scrutiny where it matters, with only 296 hp it fails to impress. It offers world class interiors but what’s the point of great interiors if the engine under the hood isn’t as pleasing. Its core features being its Achilles heel, there are better options at the price point.

Porsche 718 Boxster

One of the finest German crafted car in the segment the Porsche 718 Boxster is like the cherry on top when all things considered. A strong contender to drive home this low rider certainly knows how to make head turns and does it awfully fast too.

Audi TT RS

The third German in the run for the claim, the Audi TT manages to capture everyone’s attention with a short and bulldog-like stance which exuberates an intimidating aura. A track-ready car this one is the fastest of its brethren and also the most tech loaded.

Final Verdict

Replacement to the SLK series the SLC 43 does leave a mark where it matters but at this price point, everyone would like the best of the best. With two cars that are faster and a car with better interiors, the SLC fails to impress where it matters. If you want a faster car there are options available and if you want a luxury-focused one then also you are spoilt for choice.

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