Old Name, ( almost ) new car

Stuttgart, December 16, 2015

In 1996, the Mercedes SLK was among the first roadster with a novel time sheet folding roof. Meanwhile, he is rather the last, at least in terms facelift. Since 2011, the R 172 series is on the market. At the auto show in Detroit NAIAS ( January 11 to 24 2016), Mercedes in time for the 20th anniversary of the SLK now the long-awaited facelift before. In parallel, there is also a new name.

A C with past

From the SLK is the 2016 SLC. Similar to the SUVs from Mercedes Again, the name is on the technical proximity to the series in question, here the C - class point out. A positive side effect: As early as the 1970s there was an SLC, then still a chic coupé. Of course, the new SLC retains its retractable roof, which up to 40 km / h are electrically actuated. Will now be added an automatic residual trunk separation. The separation continues with the opening of the roof down, if it is mounted too high. If the up to 335-liter luggage compartment too full, the driver is warned.

Subtle but effective

Almost as unobtrusive are the modifications in the optics. Another new feature is the well-known from the A-Class diamond grill for all SLC. It is the basic model black with silver blade and chrome plating. The slightly modified front section with optional LED headlights should propose analogous to the name of the bridge to the current C-Class. At the rear, the taillights are narrow, they always have LED technology on. In the cockpit there is a new aluminum trim and revised instruments. In two tubes now stuck black dials with red needles. Even those who are the so-called " Audio 20 CD " chooses future system, gets a seven-inch monitor in the center console.

New Base

The game with the revised drawings drives Mercedes SLC in even further. Another new feature is the SLC 180 with 1.6 - liter four-cylinder, 156 hp and 250 Nm of torque. SLC 200 ( 184 hp ), SLC 250 d ( 204 hp ) and SLC 300 ( 245 hp ) remain equally strong.

Arithmetic games in Affalterbach

At the other end of the previous SLK 55 AMG will be replaced by the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43rd The new model can be known from the 1990s, AMG - number 43 back to life. Instead of V8 in 55 AMG is now the three-liter twin-turbo V6 with 367 hp from the AMG Mercedes C 450. Nominally that's a loss of 54 HP, but is reflected in the performance figures. Between 2,000 and 4,200 revolutions are maximum 520 Newtonmeters ( old: 540 Newton meters ) in 4.7 seconds ( old: 4.6 seconds ) it goes to 100 km / h. Is regulated as usual at 250 km / h. The official fuel consumption is 7.8 liters with Mercedes.

Start in spring 2016

SLC 180 and 200 have factory to a six-speed manual gearbox, the standard on the other models nine-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. Since we're on the Extras: The offer include wizards for the range of the high beam, a traffic sign detection and automatic parking. For buyers of 43 SLC are the AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damper adjustment and a package with mechanical rear axle locking differential in the options list. How much these niceties are draining your wallet, we know from the middle of January 2016. Then the Mercedes SLC will be available for purchase on the market he comes in March . ( rh )