Sweet spot

Wheels (Australia) - - First Drives -

The non-ap­pear­ance of 180 and 200 ver­sions at the SLC launch in France re­stricted us to brief blasts in the 300 and 43. With­out ques­tion, the creamy-smooth, au­toonly 180kw SLC300 is sweeter, bet­ter bal­anced and more sat­is­fy­ing than the 43. With re­spectable per­for­mance ( 0-100km/ h in 5.8sec, 0.2sec be­hind the old SLK350 V6) and a sat­is­fy­ing ex­haust bark, it feels more com­posed with sweeter han­dling and sharper re­sponses from the lighter steer­ing, though there’s still a ques­tion mark over its rear-end grip in the wet.

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