2016 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 replaces Mercedes SLK 55 and is set to be launched in just over a week’s time in India
Mercedes SLK 55 has been pretty popular among performance car enthusiasts. The SLK class has taken a new badge, which is SLC. The top of the line model in the SLC lineup is the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43, which replaces the SLK 55. The car is all set to launch in India on 26th July.
Mercedes Benz has taken the strategy to simplify its nomenclature to show the car’s origin. The 2016 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 is a facelift of the SLK 55. Major changes come in form of the new badge, cosmetic updates and the engines. At the front fascia the 2016 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 sports new sharp LED headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights.
The diamond pattern front grille features a sleek horizontal chrome slat at the middle. The three pointed star logo at centre is visible with glossy black finish. The front bumper has been redesigned as well.
At the side profile only major change is the 18 inch light alloy wheels, instead of SLK 55’s 16 inch wheels. The rear profile features new design LED taillights, new bumper, black diffuser and chrome tipped dual exhausts.
The interior has been revamped as well. It sports a multifunction steering wheel, revised instrument cluster, 7 inch COMAND touchscreen infotainment system at the centre console. The cabin also features aluminium trims with carbon fibre finishing. The roof mechanism of the sports coupe has been improved.
Power source for the 2016 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 sports coupe is a downsized 3.0 litre V6 biturbo engine. Incidentally the SLK 55 is powered by a 5.5 litre V8 petrol engine. Transmission duty in 2016 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 is done by a 9G-TRONIC automatic gearbox.
The engine churns out 367 hp of peak power at 5500 rpm and 520 Nm of peak torque at 2000 rpm. The 2016 Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 can accelerate 0 – 100 kmph in 4.7 seconds which is slower than SLK 55. It also has a top speed of 250 kmph.