SLC Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz

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Vehicle Summary

The SLC-Class is Mercedes-Benz’s smallest roadster and slots below the automaker’s only other hardtop convertible, the SL-Class. When compared to Mercedes’ soft-top convertible lineup, the SLC slots below the more expensive and larger C-Class, E-Class, and S-Class cabriolet models.

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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class hardtop roadster is offered as an SLC300 with a 241-hp, 273-lb-ft of torque turbocharged I-4.

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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class hardtop roadster is offered as an SLC300 with a 241-hp, 273-lb-ft of torque turbocharged I-4.

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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class hardtop roadster is offered as an SLC300 with a 241-hp, 273-lb-ft of torque turbocharged I-4.

Overview
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class hardtop roadster is offered as an SLC300 with a 241-hp, 273-lb-ft of torque turbocharged I-4. The higher-performance AMG SLC43 is powered by a 362-hp, 384-lb-ft of torque 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6. Both engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic that sends power to the rear wheels, as a roadster should. The SLC300 returns an EPA-rated 25/32 mpg city/highway while the AMG SLC43 delivers 20/29 mpg. Mercedes-Benz claims a 5.8-second 0-60 mph time for the SLC300 and a quick 4.6 seconds for the AMG SLC43. The retractable hard-top operation must begin when at a stop but can continue at speeds up to 25 mph.
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The 2017 SLC’s DYNAMIC SELECT system modifies the engine, transmission, steering, and suspension at the touch of a button and comes in five different modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Eco, and Individual. The available Dynamic Handling package features an adaptive damping system and ESP Dynamic Cornering Assist that continuously adjusts the damping force at each individual wheel depending on the current driving condition. The available AMG Handling Package on the SLC43 includes an AMG limited-slip differential, AMG Performance steering wheel, and red brake calipers.
Safety
Safety is still a priority in the SLC-Class roadster with its standard Active Brake Assist, which warns the driver of a potential collision and can apply the brake in an effort to reduce the impact or avoid it altogether. ATTENTION ASSIST, dual roll bars, NECK-PRO head restraints, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), and a rearview camera are also standard. Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist are available safety features, in addition to Dynamic LED Headlamps that automatically provide optimum visibility when cornering on tricky roads and highways, all without creating glare for other drivers.
Cool Fact
The new Mercedes-Benz SLC’s predecessor, the SLK, which launched in 1996, achieved sales of around 670,000 units worldwide. The available Dynamic Handling package features an adaptive damping system and ESP Dynamic Cornering Assist that continuously adjusts the damping force at each individual wheel depending on the current driving condition. The available AMG Handling Package on the SLC43 includes an AMG limited-slip differential, AMG Performance steering wheel, and red brake calipers.

History

The SLC name was first used from 1971 through 1981 to signify the SL-Class hardtop coupe variant versus the roadster and convertible models. Before the return of the SLC nameplate, Mercedes-Benz introduced the SLK-Class for the 1998 model year with the SLK230. This small rear-wheel-drive roadster is powered by a 2.3-liter supercharged four-cylinder that produces 191 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a five-speed automatic. In a First Drive review of the 1998 SLK230, we noted it doesn’t benefit from fast acceleration, but we were very impressed with the handling and said, “Drive into a turn and you’ll discover brilliant steering response, outstanding balance, and virtually fade-free brakes.”

In 2001, the U.S. market started importing the 215-hp 3.2-liter V-6 that can be paired to either a five-speed automatic or an enthusiast-preferred six-speed manual. Then in 2002, the SLK-Class received its first AMG model, the SLK32, powered by a 349-hp 3.2-liter supercharged V-6 that propels this little roadster to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The SLK-Class became known for its hard top that was able to retract with a push of a button in 25 seconds.