Mercedes Sends Off SLC With New Final Edition. Is It The End Of An Era?

The Mercedes SLK was a huge hit when it was launched in 1996, but its popularity has faded with time.

In the United States, sales peaked at 12,930 units in 2000. Those are some pretty decent numbers, but SLC sales fell to 1,993 units last year. Given the drop in demand, it’s not that surprising Mercedes is ending production of the SLC later this year, without having communicated any plans for a successor. For now, what we know for sure is that they’re sending off the current SLC with a special Final Edition.

The Final Edition

Designed to pay tribute to the iconic roadster, the SLC Final Edition features a number of unique touches. The US-spec SLC 300 has a Selenite Grey exterior with gloss black accents and 18-inch alloy wheels. Since the model is based on the AMG Line variant, it also has sporty bumpers, a sport-tuned suspension and an upgraded braking system.

Moving into the cabin, there’s two-tone Nappa leather sport seats, grey seat belts and “carbon leather” accents. Drivers will also find bright aluminum trim, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and special floor mats. Other niceties include heated seats, the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system and plenty of “Final Edition” badging.

Fans looking for more performance can opt for the SLC43 Final Edition which features a Sun Yellow exterior that pays tribute to the SLK’s original launch color of Yellowstone. Other special touches include gloss black accents and 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels with a matte black finish.

Under the hood

Engine options carryover as the SLC 300 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 241 hp (180 kW / 244 PS) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. This enables the roaster to run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.8 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

The AMG variant has a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine which churns out 385 hp (287 kW / 390 PS) and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the extra power, the dash from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) is cut to 4.6 seconds while the top speed remains unchanged.

Pricing and availability

The SLC Final Editions will arrive at U.S. dealership next year and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

European customers will receive a similar Final Edition, but theirs will be available two additional engine options. The SLC 180 has a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder producing 154 hp (115 kW / 156 PS) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. Fans can also order an SLC 200 with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder packing 181 hp (135 kW / 184 PS) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque.

Deliveries are slated to begin next month and German pricing ranges from €41,536.95 for the SLC 180 to €65,045.40 for the SLC 43 (including 19% VAT).

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  • eb110americana

    I never really warmed up to the SLK/SLC. The cowl height was always too high, which gives the nose a slanted down look, and really un-sports car-like proportions from the side. It would be cool if AMG did a small sports car to replace this. Kind of a mini-AMG GT.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Still a nice-looking car but just doesn’t have the impact the original had. Different times, to be sure.

  • TheAmerican2point0

    Why does this look 5 years old already?

    • Bash

      True.

    • TheHake

      Because it’s an 8 year old car.

      • Bash

        lol

      • TheAmerican2point0

        No it’s not. Look up 2011 Mercedes SLC

        • Matt

          Yes it is, this generation SLK was launched in 2011. They gave it a facelift and changed its name to ‘SLC’ a couple of years ago but the body, interior are all from 2011.

          • TheAmerican2point0

            Ok well I meant the front facia and the new stuff. I didn’t notice it was on the old body. I guess that’s why I thought it looked old

  • Bash

    Why do they still make them tbh.

  • TheHake

    You hardly see any of them on the road anymore.

    • Miknik

      Agreed, these small roadsters had their days in the 90ies, but have since fallen gradually out of favour, and for the last 10 years have been a footnote in most maker’s line ups;

      Quite a lot of people will probably be surprised that a car that looks like a Mercedes SLK (I guess few ever got the name change) is still on sale….

  • StrangerGP

    It’s an ugly car, nowhere near as good looking as the first SLK.

    • Bo Hanan

      It also kept growing in size and was getting to close to the SL.

  • Nordschleife

    I used to own the first SLK and I absolutely loved the second gen. The third one I could never get with but it saddens to see this fall out of favor. So long ole Fiend.

  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    I am a current owner of slk 2016 and didn’t like much the soft looks of slc. Yet i wish merc will give us what could be the final hardtop panoramic convertible of the epoque 😟. If not then i will keep this one as a future classic

    • Dark Rebel

      Mercedes new design language is soft in general which makes sense considering who is mainly buying their cars. I honestly prefer the older designs as they were not soft. For instance I prefer the previous generation C and E class. Especially in the AMG trims. Just more aggressive to me. I do definitely think those cars will be future classics especially the AMG ones.

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