MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ SLC ROADSTER SPECIAL EDITION SLC 200 Final Edition 2dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2167 g/km

The Mercedes SLC is a useful development of the SLK model it replaces. Like that car, this one is an everyday-usable sports roadster that, like its arch-rival, BMW's Z4, has a neat folding metal roof. More efficient engines, low running costs, slick detailing, some incredible technology and distinctive styling are all part of its appeal. Even in this relatively affordable SLC 200 guise.

SL-lite

The SLC 200 version of Mercedes' baby roadster piles on the tech and cuts a more masculine dash. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes SLC is a useful development of the SLK model it replaces. Like that car, this one is an everyday-usable sports roadster that, like its arch-rival, BMW's Z4, has a neat folding metal roof. More efficient engines, low running costs, slick detailing, some incredible technology and distinctive styling are all part of its appeal. Even in this relatively affordable SLC 200 guise.

Background

This car has quite a job on its hands, tasked with changing a whole buying demographic. Previous generations of the SLK model that this SLC range replaced have traditionally been bought by undemanding, style-conscious older female buyers who wanted and could afford something nicer than metal folding roof cabrio versions of family hatchbacks like Peugeot's 308 or Renault's Megane. Keeping these customers while simultaneously appealing to the mostly male-orientated market that would usually opt for a sharper handling rival like an Audi TT Roadster, a BMW Z4 or a Porsche Boxster was never going to be easy. But Mercedes is never a brand to shirk a challenge. With this car, they aim to keep the fashionistas loyal with an opulent, more spacious cabin and the option of a 'Magic Sky Control' roof that enables drivers to switch from light to dark at the touch of a button as they cruise along the Kings Road. Enthusiasts meanwhile, get classic looks borrowed from the iconic 190SL of the Fifties and a clever 'Dynamic Select' handling package that enabes the drive characteristics to be altered at the touch of a button. As for the engine in this SLC 200 petrol model, well it's a willing 184bhp 2.0-litre unit. The signs are good.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, this SLC 200 offers 184bhp and uses much the same 1,991cc petrol engine as the 245bhp SLC 300 variant. We think that for most buyers, this '200' model will be quite sufficient, getting to 62mph in 7.0s en route to 149mph. This variant is fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The brand's latest sport/comfort-oriented 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is available for these models as an option. Mercedes thinks that a big SLC selling point will be its 'DYNAMIC SELECT' vehicle dynamics system, one of those that enables you to alter your car's engine, transmission, steering and suspension characteristics at the touch of a button. The five modes - 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport+', 'Eco' and 'Individual' are easy to select using the DYNAMIC SELECT button in the upper control panel on the dashboard console. The selected mode is shown on the colour multifunction display and also appears as a pop-up message on the head unit display. DYNAMIC SELECT is a standard feature in the SLC 300 and SLC 250d but it's optional on this SLC 200 variant.

Design and Build

As part of the facelift that's transformed the SLK into this SLC model, the Mercedes-Benz designers have tried to further hone this roadster's sporty look. There's a re-styled front section that sees the steeply raked diamond radiator grille elongate the appearance of the arrow-shaped bonnet. In addition, there's a bumper which features striking air intakes, dynamically modelled contours and high-quality chrome trim at the lower edge, along with distinctive headlights incorporating LED daytime running lamps, plus there's the option of an LED Intelligent Light System. The side view of the SLC reveals the typical features of a roadster, with a long bonnet, a passenger compartment that is set back and a short rear. The silhouette is defined by a variety of things; the gently rising beltline, the sweeping curve of the roof, the powerfully moulded wheel arches, sporty 16 to 18-inch light-alloy wheels and the ventilation grilles in the front wing. Inside, Mercedes has tried to give the cabin a higher quality feel, with extra flashes of aluminium and carbonfibre, plus electroplated control elements for the electrically adjustable seats and gearshift paddles. The instrument cluster looks smarter too, with the tubular instrument surrounds now featuring black dials and red needles. A large, multifunction, colour TFT display with a 4.5-inch screen sits between the two dials, with a black-dialled analogue clock available as an option. The main central infotainment display between the two ventilation outlets in the centre console goes up in size from 5.8 to 7 inches. There's also a smarter flat-bottomed steering wheel trimmed with DINAMICA microfibre. As with the SLK, you get an electrically-operated panoramic folding hard-top vario-roof that you can operate at speeds of up to 25mph. This can come with a 'MAGIC SKY CONTROL' option allowing you to lighten or darken the glass top at the touch of a button. Plus we'd also want to pay extra for the 'AIRSCARF' neck-level heating system. The 335-litre boot continues to be the biggest in the segment.

Market and Model

Prices haven't changed much over those of the SLK, which means that most SLC sales will continue to be made in the £35,000 to £55,000 bracket, though pricing for this SLC 200 starts at around £30,000. Equipment levels are much as before, though it is worth pointing out that the Audio 20 entertainment system can be combined with a Garmin MAPPILOT navigation system. If you want to go further, Mercedes' full-house COMMAND Online infotainment system is available as an option, complete with hard disc navigation, a DVD player, internet access, internet radio, Bluetooth connectivity, LINGUATRONIC voice control, an EMERGENCY Call service and an Integral Media Interface for your iPod or iPhone. Standard equipment on the SLC includes smart features such as Airguide. What's this? Well, rather than the clumsy mesh draught stoppers that some convertibles opt for, Mercedes-Benz aerodynamics engineers have developed a pair of pivoting transparent plastic 'petals' which are attached to the reverse of the roll-over bars. The driver or passenger can rotate them from their stowed position behind the head rest to their 'active' position and cut draughts in a flash. Onto safety. Amid the sea of standard safety features are two of particular note. The drowsiness detection system Attention Assist warns the driver to take a break when they have been driving too long or their driving patterns change. Pre-Safe uses radar to detect an impending collision and primes the brakes, seatbelts and airbags. The optional Pre-Safe Brake system takes things one step further and automatically applies the brakes if the car detects that its' about to run into the back of something.

Cost of Ownership

The SLC's SLK predecessor always did well here thanks to its beefy residual values propping up what was often a not inconsequential price tag. In latter years, fuel and emissions taxation have become a far bigger part of the annual financial equation for most owners, so Mercedes has in recent years worked hard to driving down the costs of day to day ownership. Take this SLC 200. Even when paired with an automatic gearbox it will still return a combined fuel economy figure of 47.9mpg on the combined cycle, along with 137g/km of CO2. Step up to the SLC 300 and you'll hardly be penalised for the power advantage, this model eking an impressive 47.1mpg and 138g/km of CO2 in its sole auto form. As you'd expect, both these variants lag behind the economy champion of the range, the SLC 250d, which manages 70.6mpg and 114g/km.

Summary

Back in 1996, the Mercedes SLK re-invented the coupe-cabriolet concept for the modern age. In many ways, with this SLC, it still does. According to SLC wisdom, a roadster needn't be uncomfortable to drive in town or on long trips. It need cost no more than a family hatchback to run. It can make you feel at one with the elements even when the roof's up. And when you can go al fresco, the coldest day can feel as warm as it would be were the top to be closed. These are all attributes that rivals struggle to match, even if some of them might be cheaper or sharper to drive. Here then is a car from a brand that perfectly understands its target audience. A car that's become more finely attuned to its market than ever before. A car offering a level of engine efficiency and technology that makes many of its rivals seem from a prior generation. If you believed that the two-seat roadster was becoming a selfish and irresponsible indulgence, Mercedes clearly thinks it can persuade you otherwise.

  • Electric windows
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers

  • Electric parking brake
  • Perforated front brake discs and brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering
  • Active brake assist
  • Brake pad wear warning indicator
  • Adaptive brake system with hold function
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Acceleration skid control
  • Electronic Stability Programme

  • First Edition carpet mats

  • Sports suspension tuned for improved handling and driving dynamics, lowered by 10 mm

  • Bluetooth interface with HD voice capable hands free function and audio streaming for playing music files

  • Parktronic with parking guidance
  • Power assist steering
  • Attention assist
  • Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)

  • Remote boot release
  • ECO start/stop function

  • Outside temperature display
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Trip computer
  • Mercedes connect me with remote online services
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay
  • Garmin Map Pilot navigation system with SD card, touchpad and voice control
  • Chequered flag design instrument cluster
  • 7-inch high-resolution TFT colour display

  • Black door mirrors

  • Light carbon grain aluminium trim

  • Petrol Particulate Filter

  • Two USB ports in centre console
  • Audio 20 radio/CD/MP3 player with 4 speakers and telephone keypad
  • Media interface port for iPod or iPhone
  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • Central controller dial to operate audio functions and telephone

  • Roll over bars with aluminium inserts
  • AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side skirts
  • Door sill panels with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Black door handles
  • Electro hydraulic vario roof

  • Automatic headlamp activation
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • LED tail lamps/brake lamps and indicators
  • Halogen headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights

  • Airscarf - neck level heating
  • Air conditioning

  • Front centre armrest
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Nappa leather/Dinamica upholstery
  • Cupholders in centre console and bottle holder in passenger footwell
  • 3 spoke flat bottom multi-function nappa leather sport steering wheel with touch control buttons
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Independently lockable glove compartment stowage

  • Memory pack - SLC

  • Driver and passenger head and side airbags
  • Roll over protection
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure

  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Crash responsive head restraints
  • Seats with height adjusters
  • Driver and front passenger sports seats
  • Heated front seats

  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser

  • 18" AMG 5 spoke alloy wheels in titanium grey with high sheen finish

  • Tyre sealant kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 161
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 71
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 167

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 1991

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 30.4
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 49.6
  • EC Combined (mpg): 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 38.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.4

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: 73857
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 44E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 184
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Final Edition
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6
  • Engine Power - KW: 135
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1200
  • Engine Power - BHP: 184
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7
  • Top Speed: 149

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/35 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/40 R18

  • Width (including mirrors): 2006
  • Height: 1301
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4143
  • Width: 1810
  • Wheelbase: 2430

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1465
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1780
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 70
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 225
  • No. of Seats: 2
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 315
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.52

  • Solid paint: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included

  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £0
  • Metallic - Sun yellow: £0

  • Solid - Black: £0
  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Nappa leather/Dinamica - Black with Silver pearl: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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