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Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster

In 2016 Mercedes chose to reshuffle their naming structure to make their vast product range easier to understand. As a result, the SLK became the Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster and with it came some updates. The name can be broken down to SL for ‘Sport-Light’ and C for C-Class chassis size. Despite this, the size of the car and range of engines has more in common with the A-Class.

The Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster is an evolution of the SLK it succeeded. It gets new bumper, headlamp and grill designs to keep up with the latest Mercedes styling. Inside are redesigned leather seats, a new steering wheel, a new instrument cluster with black dials, red needles and twin LCD displays. The roof remains as an electro-hydraulic folding hardtop but no longer needs the car to be parked and can be operated at up to 25 mph. Active Brake Assist, low-speed autonomous emergency braking is now fitted to complement the extensive safety features.

The SLC is a well-built premium roadster but as it nears the end of its lifespan competitors from Audi and Porsche have better handling and more luggage space. On the up-side, good prices and finance deals can be negotiated. Performance from any of the engine options is good but the exhaust notes are a little disappointing and the Mercedes feels more like a sporty cruiser to drive than an agile sports car. The impressive economy of the diesel option will tempt higher-mileage drivers. With the roof down and windows up though it is a rather nice place to be, with little wind buffeting and the optional neck-warming Airscarf blowing warm air over your shoulders.

Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster Details

Production Dates2016-current
Length 4143 mm / 163 in
Width 1810 mm / 71 in
Height 1301 mm / 51 in
Wheelbase 2430 mm / 96 in
Turning Circle 10 m / 394 in
Luggage Capacity 225 litres / 7.95 cu ft
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 litres / 15.9 US gal
Warranty 3 years or Unlimited miles

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Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Driven Wheels Rear-wheel-drive
Engine type Straight 4
Engine Capacity 1595 cc
Power 156@5300 ps
Torque 250@1200 nm
Transmission type 6-spd Manual / 9-spd Auto
Kerb Weight 1435 kg / 3164 lb
UK Retail Price from £32,039

Performance

Max speed (manual) 140 mph / 225 kph
Max speed (auto) 139 mph / 224 kph
0-100kmph (manual) 7.9 seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 8.1 seconds

Economy and Emissions

EU Combined Fuel Economy (manual) 48.7 mpg / 5.8 L/100km
EU Combined Fuel Economy (auto) 48.7 mpg / 5.8 L/100km
CO2 Emissions (manual) 132 g/km
CO2 Emissions (auto) 133 g/km

Mercedes-Benz SLC 200

If ordered with the Sport trim (rather than AMG-Line) the SLC 200 has the lowest price in the range.

Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Driven Wheels Rear-wheel-drive
Engine type Straight 4
Engine Capacity 1991 cc
Power 184@5500 ps
Torque 300@1200 nm
Transmission type 6-spd Manual / 9-spd Auto
Kerb Weight 1455 kg / 3208 lb
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Performance

Max speed (manual) 149 mph / 240 kph
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0-100kmph (manual) 7.0 seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 6.9 seconds

Economy and Emissions

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CO2 Emissions (manual) 150 g/km
CO2 Emissions (auto) 137 g/km

Mercedes-Benz SLC 300

Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Driven Wheels Rear-wheel-drive
Engine type Straight 4
Engine Capacity 1991 cc
Power 245@5500 ps
Torque 370@1300 nm
Transmission type 9-spd Auto
Kerb Weight 1505 kg / 3318 lb
UK Retail Price from £39,540

Performance

Max speed (auto) 155 mph / 249 kph
0-100kmph (auto) 5.8 seconds

Economy and Emissions

EU Combined Fuel Economy (auto) 47.1 mpg / 6 L/100km
CO2 Emissions (auto) 138 g/km

Mercedes-Benz SLC 250d

Specifications

Fuel type Diesel
Engine type Straight 4
Driven Wheels Rear-wheel-drive
Engine Capacity 2143 cc
Power 204@3800 ps
Transmission type 9-spd Auto
Kerb Weight 1605 kg / 3538 lb
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Performance

Max speed (auto) 152 mph / 245 kph
0-100kmph (auto) 6.6 seconds

Economy and Emissions

EU Combined Fuel Economy (auto) 70.6 mpg / 4 L/100km
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