Mercedes SLC-class information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Merc’s roadster, the convertible formerly known as the SLK. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the SLC car range.
The Mercedes-Benz SLC is a two-seater roadster with a folding hard-top and is aimed at the likes of the BMW Z4 and Porsche 718 Boxster. It was rebranded SLC in 2016, in line with Mercedes’ badging shake-up. SL = sports car, C = signals it’s related to the C-class family in the range structure.
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The SLC is a modestly spruced-up SLK - and that’s no bad thing. The folding tin-top roadster has been hoovering up convertible buyers for nearly two decades and has built something of a following among the posing crowd. That roof remains its ace card: the ability to flip between closed-top coupe and al fresco boulevardier, at speeds of up to 30mph, is surely the main reason people buy this car. They won’t be disappointed, unless they are seeking genuine sports car thrills, in which case we’d recommend they look elsewhere. But as a cruiser, with a roster of upgraded kit including Airscarf technology and more, it’s a neat thing.
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Rivals to consider
BMW Z4, Jaguar F-type, Porsche 718 Boxster
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Not that different to the SLK that went before, still no out-and-out sports car