Mercedes-Benz added another roadster in the Indian line-up. The AMG powered SLC became the first car to feature the new “AMG 43” moniker in India.
The beautiful looking SLC 43 is powered by a biturbo charged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that replaces the monstrous 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine. The new engine produces a maximum of 367 bhp and 520 Nm of maximum torque. The power gets transferred to the wheels through a 9-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The roadster can do 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds but the top speed is limited at 250 km/h.
The Mercedes-Benz SLC 43 gets a new design upfront with revised headlamps and newly shaped LED daytime running lamps. From the side, the car looks same as the SLK that it displaced from the line-up. The rear of the car also gets a fresh design with a new exhaust, redesigned bumper and all-new LED tail-lamps that look majestic.
Inside the SLC 43, there is a new COMAND system display, a new steering wheel with controls for the infotainment system, keyless start-stop and all-new fabrics and trims. Mercedes has also automated the roof completely which required manual interference with the SLK for accessing the luggage compartment.
The SLC competes against the BMW Z4 and Jaguar F-Type in the market and is priced at Rs. 77.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Mercedes-Benz is also planning to launch petrol variants of all its models available in India to overcome the ban on the sale of 2,000cc and above diesel vehicles in Delhi/NCR.