Vehicle Profile: 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster

September 13th, 2016 by

The SLC, a classically-trained roadster
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster is elegant and thrilling. Don’t let its compact dimensions fool you; big performance and high-end luxury are waiting beneath the retractable hardtop.

For 2017, Mercedes-Benz has updated the SLC Roadster with new aluminum trim, a redesigned instrument cluster and the latest generation Mercedes-Benz sport steering wheel. There’s no mistaking the 2017 SLC Roadster for anything but a Mercedes-Benz, and design attention has been lavished on every detail. The proportions are classic, and a dynamic new grille design helps emphasize the roadster’s wide stance and sports-car soul.

The 2017 SLC Roadster (MSRP $58,800) comes in two variants: the 2017 SLC 300, with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four cylinder good for 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, and the AMG SLC 43 Roadster, packing 362 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque from its biturbo 3.0-litre V6. Standard features include a Sports Exhaust System for the 2017 SLC300, a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, DYNAMIC SELECT, and Active Brake Assist.

Both the turbocharged 2.0-litre four cylinder and the V6 use high-pressure direct fuel injection and multi-spark ignition that generates multiple sparks very rapidly, resulting in more complete, more efficient combustion. The 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is a new wide-range gearbox with paddle shifters for manual control and closely-spaced ratios that befit a sports car. The DYNAMIC SELECT system provides five driving modes, ranging from “Eco” to “Sport+,” each of which adjusts the responses of the throttle, shift points, steering, and other vehicle settings. There’s even a driver-customizable mode.

The suspension is tuned for sport. Front and rear designs are multi-link arrangements. The damping continuously adapts to the road, and it can also be adjusted with DYNAMIC SELECT to provide the ride quality that best fits your desires. AMG® SLC43 models feature an AMG® Sport Suspension with revised geometry and stronger components.

The power-retractable Panoramic roof has a tinted see-through panel, so you can enjoy the sky or the stars even when the top is up. The available MAGIC SKY CONTROL roof electrically varies the tint of the roof panel, as well. Everywhere you look in the 2017 SLC Roadster cabin, you see the finest materials and expert craftsmanship. Aluminum, leather and the latest technology combine to provide comfort, convenience and an unmatched convertible driving experience.SLC interior

That technology includes the COMAND system for entertainment, information and navigation. Apple CarPlay is a new feature for the 2017 SLC Roadster, and there’s Siri Eyes Free voice recognition. Bluetooth hands-free calling and streaming audio help keep your attention on the road and your entertainment flowing.

Of course there are plenty of options from which you can choose. Dynamic LED headlamps and Adaptive Highbeam Assist enhance safety at night, and Parking Assist helps in the city. Comfort and convenience are enhanced by KEYLESS-GO and the AIRSCARF system, which can provide warmth around your neck and shoulders to extend the top-down driving season.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster provides classic driving enjoyment. Its performance is as modern and fresh as anything on the road, and its dynamic capabilities are impressive in any form. It’s built with impeccable Mercedes-Benz quality, and that means it will provide many years of enjoyment. Schedule your test drive today.

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