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What to expect from the new Mercedes-AMG SLC 43

What to expect from the new Mercedes-AMG SLC 43
Sagar Bhanushali Sagar Bhanushali Saturday 23 July 2016, 18:11 PM

The all-new Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 is the most potent small roadster that Mercedes has ever made. Its new bi-turbo V6 engine and 9-speed automatic gearbox not only offer rapid open-top performance but also significantly lower fuel consumption compared to its predecessor – the SLK 55 AMG.

Here’s what you can expect from the new SLC 43 that will be officially launched in India on July 2016.

Familiar appearance

As one would expect, the SLC 43 wears the new-age Mercedes look complete with a curved rectangular diamond grille and a gaping front bumper. It maintains the classic roadster profile with its minimal front and rear overhangs and a long bonnet. As for the rear, the SLC looks more or less the same as the old SLK 55.

New V6 bi-turbo engine

Whereas the outgoing SLK 55 gets a fire-breathing 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, the SLC 43 gets a relatively modest 3-litre V6 bi-turbo engine. That said, this downsized unit is a fairly powerful unit with 361bhp of power and 500Nm of torque. Paired to a new 9-speed automatic gearbox, the V6 allows the SLC to accelerate from 0-100kmph in just 4.7 seconds. The top-speed, meanwhile, is electronically restricted to 250kmph.

Grand features

The SLC may be a thrill machine but Mercedes hasn’t skimped on features at all. Globally, the car can be fitted with plenty of features including intelligent LED headlights, several 18-inch alloy/tyre combinations, leather upholstery, COMAND infotainment and communication system, a Harman Kardon surround sound system as well as ambience lighting in solar red, polar blue or polar white.

More accessible power

The old SLK 55 delivered all of its 540Nm of torque at a rather high 4,500rpm. The SLC, on the other hand, pumps out 520Nm from just 2,000rpm onwards, thanks to the turbos. What this means is that there’s plenty of punch at pretty much all engine speeds.

Competition

The Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 is expected to cost upwards of Rs 75 lakh and will compete with the BMW Z4 and the upcoming Porsche 718 Boxster as its prime rivals.

 

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