WIND IN THE HAIR
A new hair do at a third of the price of the GT Roadster
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.