The Mercedes SLC might have been overshadowed recently by the latest AMG models, but it’s still fun to drive, especially in range-topping 43 trim.
Introduced along with the facelift almost two years ago, when the SLK moniker was dropped in favor of the SLC, the AMG 43 serves as the successor of the SLK 55.
Unlike its predecessor, which used a 5.5-liter naturally aspirated V8, the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 367PS (362hp) and 520Nm (383lb-ft) of torque available on tap, which is 55PS (54hp) less and 19Nm (14lb-ft) more, respectively, than the SLK 55. In spite of its power deficit, it covers the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) acceleration in 4.7sec, an 0.1sec improvement, before topping out at 250km/h (155mph).
One of the few places, outside a track, where you can explore its power is a derestricted part of a German Autobahn, which is exactly where AutoTopNL took the little roadster for a flat-out run. So, if you’re wondering what reaching an indicated 260km/h (162mph) looks like from the cockpit, you may want to click the play button on the video below.