2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC43

Pros: Invigorating acceleration, particularly with top-line SLC43 model; crisp handling; higher-class build quality, materials, and comfort than most two-seat sports-car contenders

Cons: High base prices escalate quickly with options; ride can become stiff over sharp bumps

CG Says: Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is renamed SLC-Class for 2017. The SLC has freshened styling, but the chassis and base engine are carried over. The V8-powered AMG SLK55 is replaced by AMG SLC43 with a turbo V6 engine. SLC is a premium sporty/performance two-passenger convertible with a retractable hardtop. The engine of the base SLC300 is a 241-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The performance AMG SLC43 is powered by a 362-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. Both engines are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Available features include blind-spot alert, adaptive cruise control, steering-linked LED headlights, neck-level heating system, and park assist. The SLC is sporty and engaging to drive, but it still delivers the quality and refinement expected of Mercedes. Prices are out of reach for most, a condition exacerbated when options are added. Current Porsche Boxster owners might not give this car a second glance, but anyone considering the Audi TT or BMW Z4 should give the SLC a spin.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance
Body Style(s) 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 2
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices SLC300: $47,950
AMG SLC43: $60,300

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
241
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
362
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Mercedes-Benz SLC300
2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC300
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