A new hair do at a third of the price of the GT Road­ster

Evo India - - MERCEDES -

RE­MEM­BER THE SLK? IT WAS THE FIRST hard top con­vert­ible to be launched in In­dia and the SLC is its re­place­ment. It isn’t the name change that’s sig­nif­i­cant though; the SLC de­buted AMG’s new 43 range of V6 en­gines, a half­way house be­tween the turbo-fours and the turbo-eights. And this 3-litre V6 drops just 20Nm of torque com­pared to the wild SLK 55 AMG. With 362bhp and 520Nm, it is only a tenth slower to 100kmph but it does sound less ma­ni­a­cal though, less of a hooli­gan.

The new name is meant to sug­gest it’s the C-Class of Merc’s con­vert­ible range so it’s safe to as­sume it feels like a C 43 AMG without the roof. Well, no. The cabin, even though up­dated in the SLC 43, feels more like the last gen C-Class and the driv­e­train is sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent in that it re­mains rear-wheel drive. So un­like the all-weather, all-wheel drive ca­pa­bil­ity that the other 43 cars and SUVs use to such great ad­van­tage, the SLC 43 still wags its tail (a bit) on cor­ner ex­its.

Most of all though, by knock­ing nearly 50 lakh ru­pees off the SLK 55’s sticker price, it makes the wind-in-the-hair AMG ex­pe­ri­ence that much more at­tain­able and that will re­main the SLC 43’s key USP.

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