Based on AMG Line trim, the end-of-the-line model celebrates 23 years of the innovative two-seat roadster
19 February 2019

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that production of the SLC will cease later this year with the announcement that a Final Edition model will arrive in UK showrooms next month.

To be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva motor show, the last ever SLC will be launched nearly 23 years after the two-seat roadster first made its public premiere, badged as the SLK, ushering in a new folding hard-top roof structure that was subsequently copied by many other car makers.

The celebratory SLC Final Edition is to offer the choice of four petrol engines: a 154bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder in the SLC 180, a 181bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder in the SLC 200, a 242bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder in the SLC 300 and a 383bhp 3.0-litre V6 in AMG's SLC 43.

The SLC 180 and SLC 200 will come with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the SLC 300 and SLC 43 receive a nine-speed automatic.

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Without plans for a successor model, Mercedes-Benz is marking the end of production for the SLC by offering a special optional yellow paint finish alongside the standard black and grey options. This replicates one of the colours used to launch the original SLK.

The Final Edition is based on the existing AMG Line model but gains uniquely styled bumpers, 18in five-spoke alloy wheels and a highly equipped interior with, among other previously optional features, Airscarf neck heaters as standard.

In SLC AMG 43 Final Edition guise, the rear-wheel-drive roadster is claimed to be capable of 0-62mph in 4.7sec and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Combined (WLTP) fuel consumption is put at 34.9mpg, equating to CO2 emissions of 185g/km.

The C-Class-based roadster was produced in three model generations over its 23-year life span. The original R170-designated model was launched at the 1996 Paris motor show. It was succeeded by the R171, launched at the Geneva motor show in 2004, and then today's R172 went on sale in 2011. It was known as the SLK until its 2016 facelift.

Combined global sales of the SLK and SLC total more than 710,000, according to Mercedes-Benz.

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20 February 2019

Amazing that Mercedes can get away with a 23 year old platform. Look closely at the windscreen, a-pillars, side glass & roof section, they're all exactly the same as when the SLK first launched. Just the bumpers & outer panels & interior have been refreshed & sold each time as a completely new car. But then MB are masters of flogging off facelifts as new cars.

20 February 2019
jagdavey wrote:

Amazing that Mercedes can get away with a 23 year old platform. Look closely at the windscreen, a-pillars, side glass & roof section, they're all exactly the same as when the SLK first launched. Just the bumpers & outer panels & interior have been refreshed & sold each time as a completely new car. But then MB are masters of flogging off facelifts as new cars.

Each generation of SLK has been based on a new (C-Class derived) platform. It is often possible for some cars to have some similar styling features, proportions with their predecessor(s) despite being new. CLC apart I can't recall a Mercedes being touted as a new generation model following a facelift.

20 February 2019
Lanehogger wrote:

jagdavey wrote:

Amazing that Mercedes can get away with a 23 year old platform. Look closely at the windscreen, a-pillars, side glass & roof section, they're all exactly the same as when the SLK first launched. Just the bumpers & outer panels & interior have been refreshed & sold each time as a completely new car. But then MB are masters of flogging off facelifts as new cars.

Each generation of SLK has been based on a new (C-Class derived) platform. It is often possible for some cars to have some similar styling features, proportions with their predecessor(s) despite being new. CLC apart I can't recall a Mercedes being touted as a new generation model following a facelift.

Each new Mercedes may well be new cars but that doesn't make them feel like they're new with each current model when it comes to competence. Every current Mercedes for example have indeed been all new Lanehogger but they have all come up short and backwards in almost every department, especially with the new A Class. Unlike current Jaguars or Volvos for example that feel new when they are new and don't fall short. 

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20 February 2019

God you talk some rubbish Roadster!

Clearly the buyers dont care about your 'feeling new'.....just look at the sales numbers of the Slk/SLC and A-Class.

Meanwhile your 'feeling new' F Type is bombing.

In the motor business it is sales numbers which count - shifting metal.....not 'feeling new'

20 February 2019

The SLK was supposed to be a sports car but it failed to be that big style, whichever generation of model you talk about. It has to be one of the biggest underachieving and misconceived sports car ever made while Mercedes had 3 attempts and couldn't get one right. And with each generation has a gimmicky and heavy folding roof, awful engines and ropey reliability, there wasn't much going for any SLK. And they don't exactly look good either which is pre-requisite for any sports car. Mercedes have thankfully canned the SLK and realised that sports cars in this class should be left to the experts. 

20 February 2019

What with the disappearing rag top models from car manufacturers.  Even the TT is under threat

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

20 February 2019

No buyers. The SUV is king!

Mesumguy

20 February 2019

The first and second gen SLK were not sports cars but were things of beauty.

The SLK55 AMG was a 5ltr V8 in the smallest frame Merc made and was a giggle. 

The SLC was a lazy half hearted ill thought embarrassment, that was a disgrace to the name SLK which is why they changed it to SLC.

This final edition is like putting a loved one into a "home" and shutting the door and walking away. 

Shame on you Mercedes. I will keep my 2010 SLK and take better care of it than you did with the entire class.

20 February 2019

There are some miserable people on here. It might not be your sort of thing (nor is it mine) but how can it be a good thing that so few people want to buy a small convertible that they wont make a replacement?

 

20 February 2019

Im ANGRY!

Few people wanted to buy it because Mercedes didnt care enough to make it worth buying.

They didnt develop it. The market is not driven by what people want its driven by what we are offered and what we will buy from what is on offer.

The boxster seems to be doing ok...

And this final edition doesnt even offer anything new to encourage buyers.

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