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      Mercedes is ending the roadster after 2020


    Mercedes is saying goodbye to one of its icons. The 2020 SLC marks the final year for the compact roadster. 

    In celebration, Mercedes-Benz is making a special Final Edition version of the model for 2020 and debuting it at the Geneva Auto Show next month.  The Final Edition SLC will be available in both SLC300 and SLC43 AMG variants. 

    The SLC300 will come in Selenite Gray with gloss black door handles and mirrors. Based on the AMG Line trim, it will have a lowered ride height, bigger brakes,  and more sporty bumpers. 

    The SLC43 AMG comes in Sun Yellow, a homage to the Sunburst Yellow the original 1996 SLK debuted with. 

    The engines carry over with a 2.0 liter turbo 4 in the 300 putting out 241 hp and a twin-turbo 3.0 V6 making 386 hp in the 43. 

    The 2020 SLC will reach dealerships in late 2019. 

    Mercedes-Benz press release on page 2


    The SLC Final Edition

    Let the sun shine in: special edition of an iconic roadster

    When the SLK first appeared as a production model in 1996, it caused a sensation and founded a new generation of roadsters. For the first time, Mercedes-Benz had produced a roadster whose vario-roof redefined the roadster segment by combining open-air driving pleasure with uncompromised comfort in poor weather that had never been available before. Furthermore, the SLK started its career in the launch color Yellowstone, an unusual choice for Mercedes-Benz. In honor of this world premiere, the Final Edition of the AMG SLC 43 is available in the exclusive paint finish Sun Yellow. Boasting an extensive range of equipment and unique interior details, the special edition of the SLC marks the pinnacle of the current model generation. The 2020 Mercedes- Benz and Mercedes-AMG SLC Final Edition will arrive in U.S. dealerships in 2020.

    Painted in Selenite Grey, the SLC 300 Final Edition boasts a distinctive look with an AMG Styling front bumper with trim strips sporting a silver chrome finish on the lower section. The door handles, mirrors and rear brace feature a high-gloss black finish with exclusive "SLC Final Edition" badges on the front fenders, below the chromed fin. Also eye-catching are the standard-fit 5-spoke AMG light-alloy 18-inch wheels with high-gloss black finish.

    The special model is based on the AMG Line, which includes AMG Styling bumpers at the front and rear, a sport suspension with 10 mm lowering as well as a larger braking system with perforated brake discs and front calipers sporting "Mercedes-Benz" lettering as standard equipment.

    A striking combination of two-tone Nappa leather in Black/Silver Pearl with Grey topstitching characterizes the interior and can be found on the standard- fit sport seats, the door trim and the door center panels, among other areas.

    The Grey seat belts echo the color of the topstitching. Carbon-fiber look leather inserts in the head restraints and the upper section of the seatbacks round off the exquisite interior design of the SLC Final Edition.

    The head restraints and the selector lever of the automatic transmission are covered with carbon leather and bear silver SLC lettering. The trim elements on the instrument panel and the center console sport a bright aluminum finish. The standard-fit multifunction sport steering wheel combines carbon leather in the upper and lower segment with smooth nappa leather in the grip area. Sporty details of the steering wheel are the flat bottom, the 3-spoke design, the black paddle shifters and the spoke faceplate with "Mercedes-Benz" lettering.

    Other standard appointments of the Final Edition include black floor mats with an embroidered logo, AIRSCARF neck-level heating, seat heating, and the Memory package for the seats, steering column and exterior mirrors. Furthermore, the package includes 4-way lumbar support for the driver and front passenger.

    Mercedes-AMG SLC43 Final Edition

    The Final Edition of the AMG SLC 43 emphasizes the racy appearance of the performance roadster with the exclusive Sun Yellow paint finish and a host of high-gloss black elements, among other features. These include: the front splitter, the fins of the air intakes and the fenders, the base of the centrally positioned star, trim elements in the rear fascia, the side mirror caps and door handles. Matte black 5-spoke AMG light-alloy 18-inch wheels with yellow rim flange and tires of size 235/40 R 18 at the front and 255/35 R 18 at the rear further underscore the sporty character of the roadster.

    The two-tone leather appointments in Black/Silver Pearl with Grey topstitching and seatbelts, as well as carbon-fiber look leather applications, provide visual highlights in the interior. The AMG Performance steering wheel with carbon- embossed leather in the upper and lower segment, as well as Nappa leather in the grip area, features a crystal grey 12-o'clock marker and an additional "AMG EDITION" badge on the steering-wheel trim. The AMG Final Edition of the SLC 43 has numerous comfort features from series production, including AIRSCARF neck-level heating, seat heating for the driver and front passenger as well as the Memory package for the exterior mirror, seat and steering column settings.

    Here are the Final Edition models at a glance:

     

    SLC 300

    Mercedes-AMG SLC 43

    Number of
    cylinders/arrangement

    4/in-line

    6/V

    Displacement (cc)

    1,991

    2,996

    Rated output (hp)

    241

    385

    Rated torque (lb-ft)

    273

    384

    Acceleration
    0-60 mph (s)

    5.8

    4.6

    Top speed (mph)
    (electronically limited)

    155

    155

    A success story for over 20 years: Mercedes-Benz SLK and SLC

    After its launch in 1996, the SLK marked the start of a new era for the traditional Mercedes-Benz brand, and its roof design served as a model for many other open-top vehicles.

    In January 2011, Mercedes-Benz presented the third model generation, currently still in production, which bears the in-house model code R 172. This series combines light-footed sportiness with stylish comfort, and striking sports car design with absolute day-to-day suitability. From April 2016, the SLC appeared as a technically and visually optimized further evolution. The name change acknowledges the close relationship with the C-Class, with which the roadster shares many of its technical features. A resounding success: the model series has a worldwide community of fans, with sales of over 710,000 units since 1996.

    The model history at a glance:

    • 1994: Design studies in Turin and Paris
    • 1996: World premiere of the SLK (R 170) at the Turin Motor Show
    • 2000: Comprehensive model update for the SLK
    • 2004: World premiere of the second-generation SLK (R 171) at the Geneva Motor Show
    • 2008: Model update for the second-generation SLK
    • 2011: Third generation of the SLK (R 172)
    • 2016: Model update for the third-generation model, renamed SLC generation
    • 2019: Premiere of the Final Edition special models of the third generation

    Source: Mercedes-Benz

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    It is nice that they are going out with the same color it came in with, and paying homage to the original.

    It is time for this car to go though, the world has moved on and left 2-seat compact roadsters behind.   I suspect there will be fewer and fewer sports car options as time goes on.  Mercedes does still make 5 convertibles even without the SLC, so no worries on that.

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    Another roadster goes because of lack of sales.  SAD.  Then again, why does the MX-5 (aka Miata) still exist?

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    I never liked this roadster. I never liked the BMW Z3 either.  Although the current and last generation Z4s seem to be more interesting to me.  But I have never liked the small Benz roadster.  The SL is another story. But this one, well, truth be told, I am kinda saddened  because that means yet another enthusiast vehicle is going extinct. Not a good thing if you are a car enthusiast. 

    Farewell soldier! 

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    11 hours ago, riviera74 said:

    Another roadster goes because of lack of sales.  SAD.  Then again, why does the MX-5 (aka Miata) still exist?

    Because Mazda is a tiny company and they have no other flagship. it is an awesome little car, owned two over the course of two decades. Lots of fun times in them.

    2 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

    I never liked this roadster. I never liked the BMW Z3 either.  Although the current and last generation Z4s seem to be more interesting to me.  But I have never liked the small Benz roadster.  The SL is another story. But this one, well, truth be told, I am kinda saddened  because that means yet another enthusiast vehicle is going extinct. Not a good thing if you are a car enthusiast. 

    Farewell soldier! 

    Image result for 21 gun salute

    I liked the Z3 but the Z4 less.  One of my friends who rather sadly got cancer had one of these Benz he used to bring out to the local autocross...fun times sliding that thing around on track!

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    Love the SL from MB but this has always been a hatchet job and pathetic HP for a Twin Turbo V6, I would have expected over 400 HP for a TTV6 motor.

    I am fine with this going, yes I get it that another enthusiast auto is gone, but I suspect we will have other superior EV options coming down the road.

    Time to let the 2 person sports car take a breath before you get more new models.

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    I always liked these from new. The original had very questionable reliability though.  Then they got that gonzo nose for a few years.  

    The Z3 was still a better looking car. 

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    Back in '07-08 had a coworker that had a first gen one in a typical '90s teal.   Another coworker had a dark green BMW Z3 roadster (later replaced w/ a black Boxster S).   Oddly, both of them drove them year round in Denver...

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