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2020 Mercedes SLC Final Edition

2020 Mercedes SLC Final Edition

This is a proper goodbye to a Mercedes model that we should’ve noticed more than we did

Just as Mercedes is adept at rolling out First Edition models, it can do the same with Final Edition models. It just so happens that the latter is more fitting for the times, particularly with the SLC-Class, Merc’s largely forgotten retractable hardtop convertible. In case you didn’t know, Mercedes is closing the book on the SLC’s three-generation life, and to commemorate the occasion, the Germans are rolling out the 2020 Mercedes SLC Final Edition. Mercedes is offering the special edition SLC on the SLC300 and AMG SLC43 trims of the roadster. There’s no specific number on how many models Mercedes plans to build, only that the special edition will be available in the U.S. in 2020.

Update 03/08/2019: We’ve updated this review with new images off the 2019 Mercedes SLC Final Edition taken at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them all out in our updated gallery at the bottom of the page.

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2017 Mercedes SLC-Class RedArt Edition

2017 Mercedes SLC-Class RedArt Edition

Mercedes’ under-appreciated sports car finally gets some special edition love

The Mercedes-AMG GT may be grabbing all the headlines these days, and for good reason. The whole family of GT models are incredible and whatever attention they get is well-deserved. But let’s not forget about this fact either. The AMG GTs are not the only sports cars Mercedes has in its lineup. One of them, the Mercedes SLC-Class, receives far less attention, but let it still be said, the SLC-Class still holds some weight as a solid sports car so it’s only fitting that it’s finally getting the attention it deserves in the form of the SLC-Class RedArt Edition.

Yes, the SLC-Class is getting a special edition model and it’s a well deserved one at that. It’s time Mercedes’ entry-level roadster got some of that SE love, right? Better late than never then because here it is, and even better, the RedArt Edition is not limited to a specific trim of the SLC-Class but instead is available to the whole lot of them. That includes the SLC 180, 200, 250d, 300, and for good measure, the AMG SLC43 too.

So what makes the SLC RedArt Edition a true special edition? Like most models that receive such a designation, the SLC RedArt gets infused with visual upgrades in the exterior and interior. The quantity of exclusivity isn’t that much, but they’re enough to separate this model from the standard lot. There’s even an option to infuse a little bit of “

AMG

ness” into the roadster, and we all know what that could do to a sports car that’s already teeming with sportiness.

All told, the SLC RedArt Edition is worth the name it’s been given and it makes a pretty compelling case as an interesting option for those who are in the market for an SLC-Class.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC

2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC

Mercedes announced the SLK back in 1996 and dropped it into showrooms in 1997. Since then, more than 600,000 units have been sold, but the roadster’s reign has come to an end – at least as the SLK anyway. Set to be launched in spring of 2016, the Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class replaces the SLK, but only in name and not in spirit – the SLC will continue the SLK’s reign, sharing at least some of the C-Class DNA.

As Daimler AG Board of Management member Ola Kallenius put it, “In 1996, Mercedes-Benz redefined the roadster with its innovative vario-roof, and combined open-air driving pleasure with uncompromised comfort in poor weather. The renamed compact roadster remains an ideal combination of passion and common sense, appealing to both the heart and the mind.”

What you’ll find as you browse the official pictures of the new SLC is that it carries a lot of the same design queues of the SLK it replaces. But, the SLC also has its own design characteristics, such as redesigned bumper covers and body trim, as well as new technology. On the U.S. market the SLC will debut in two trims, at least at first, with the SLC300 being the entry level model and the SLC43 being crowned as the high-performance variant. So, what will we see when the new SLC-Class hits showroom floors? Keep reading to find out.

Updated 12/16/2015: Mercedes dropped the official details on the new SLC-Class - aka the facelift version of the previous SLK.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC43

2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC43

Mercedes is undergoing a whole host of changes within its lineup, as it updates its styling, platforms, engines, and names. Having already updated most of its car and crossover lineup, the Germans are now rolling out the SLC and its beefed-up AMG brother. Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t a brand-new car, but a facelift to the existing SLK roadster.

The renaming of the brand’s smallest two-door is part of Mercedes’ recent strategy to highlight the close relationship of its models to the platforms they’re derived from. Since the SLK was closely related to the C-Class, Stuttgart replaced the K with the C, giving birth to the SLC. The name itself isn’t exactly new. Mercedes offered an SLC from 1971 to 1981 alongside the R107-generation SL. Distinguished by the longer wheelbase and louvered C-pillars, the SLC replaced the W111-generation coupe and was replaced by the W126 S-Class Coupe (C126).

Back to our model in question, the AMG version was also renamed, receiving a new two-digit combination. Previously known as the SLK55, the performance roadster will be marketed as the SLC43 from now on. The new nomenclature also comes with a new engine, as AMG dropped the familiar naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8. Surprisingly enough, the new unit isn’t the 4.0-liter V-8, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more about that.

Continue reading to find out more about the Mercedes-AMG SLC43.

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2017 Mercedes SLC 450 AMG Sport

2017 Mercedes SLC 450 AMG Sport

Later this year, Mercedes-Benz will be replacing the SLK-Class with an updated version of the car called the SLC-Class, and while we spotted this new roadster testing in limited camouflage in April, our spy photographers have once again caught up with the hard-top roadster revealing a few more changes to the lineup. At first glance, it’s hard to spot any major changes between the two prototypes, but upon closer inspection, this car can be seen wearing bigger brakes, fatter tires and a more aggressive body styling.

With these minor changes that don’t seem to be wild enough for an AMG model, it looks like the SLC-Class will be getting one of the new AMG Sport models to give customers a little extra performance without having to step up to the full-bore AMG model, which is meaner and faster, but more expensive. As Mercedes tries to better align its growing lineup of models, this middle-ground roadster will most likely be called the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC450 AMG Sport, following the nomenclature of the recently introduced 2016 C450 AMG Sport.

The purpose of the AMG Sport models (which will likely be used on most Mercedes models) is to bridge the performance gap, and to avoid any confusion between the new AMG Sport models and the true AMG models. The latter will now wear Mercedes-AMG branding – like the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 – while the AMG Sport models will continue to carry the standard Mercedes-Benz name.

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2015 Mercedes SLC Roadster

2015 Mercedes SLC Roadster

Mercedes is preparing to replace the current SLS sports car with the new SLC sports car. While there were rumors suggesting there wouldn’t be a roadster version for the upcoming SLC, chances are that Mercedes will opt for the same options available on the SLS: coupe, roadster and Black Series.

The SLC Roadster will be nearly identical to the coupe version, except of course the convertible top in place of the fixed roof. Both the coupe and the roadster versions will be built on the same aluminum-intensive engineering layout as the SLS, but with a different exterior look. Both models will drop the famous gullwing doors and will adopt conventional, forward-swinging ones.

Under the hood, the roadster version will get the same engines as the coupe: a base V-8 with about 485 horsepower, an S model with the V-8 tweaked to about 550 horsepower and a Black Series with the eight-cylinder pushed to about 585 horsepower.

The roadster version is expected to arrive a few months after the coupe and will be priced at about $150k.

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