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Reach for the Sky in the New Mercedes AMG SLC 43 Roadster

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The much awaited Mercedes AMG SLC 43 Roadster will be launched in India on 26th July 2016. The SLK 55 AMG which was supposedly one of the most prevalent luxury convertibles in the market is now being replaced by this model. More than anything, this car is a facelift and a way for the company to rebrand. But to fill in the shoes of the predecessor is not an easy job for the AMG SLC 43 Roadster. but Mercedes has made sure that it surpasses the expectations of the customers by not leaving anything to chance.

Mercedes AMG SLC 43 Roadster

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The first time the company announced that they wanted to replace the SLK Roadster was back in December 2015 and by early 2016, this particular model was showcased at the Detroit Motor Show. Without wasting much time, in March 2016, the Indian division of the auto manufacturer brought the car here for testing and other processes. Four months down the line and now, the caris ready to hit the roads in India.

Exterior with Character

Although, the outline of the car is similar to the predecessor, it’s not an exact copy and the AMG SLC 43 has its own distinction. The presence of the new front grille that comes affixed with the signature Mercedes pattern and single chrome slat make the design look all the more contemporarily styled. The new grille also comes set with an edging of new dual beam headlamps which have LED daytime running lights. Two large air intakes along with a widespread dominant air dam for sharp air flow are present on the new front bumper.

Familiar Interiors

Although changes have been made to the exterior, the interior is also felt at home like. It has that feeling of familiarity and comfort. There are certain delicate variations which have been made; like a new sports car like steering wheel, an instrument cluster which has been brushed up, emergency city breaking and updated leather upholstery. The cabin also features a new COMAND infotainment system that comes with a 7 inch display. The boot space is said to be able to house a golf bag when the roof is up but when the roof is down, the amount of space comes down by a third.

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The retractable metal roof too gets some improvement – it can open and close even at speeds of up to 40 km/h. A dash of detail has been added to the rear section. The redesigned headlamp is in line with the latest models by the company and the bumper at the back, gets a new design which sports a chrome exhaust. Although, the side view and profile of the new AMG in very identical to the SLK, the rear gets some reworking done to it.

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Although marked with the AMG stamp, this new Merc is far off on the power meter in comparison to the vehicle that it’s set to substitute. The Roadster comes with a 3.0L V6 Bi-Turbo engine which produces a power of 362BHP at 5000-6000rpm and generates a torque of 520Nm at 2000-4200rpm and this engine is mated to a 9G-TRONIC automatic gearbox.

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Costing

The price of this bad body in India is said to be around INR 1 Crore.

Specifications

AMG SLC 43 roadster

Automaker

Mercedes-Benz

Year of Launch

2016

Body Type

Convertible

Engine Mill

3.0L V6 Bi-Turbo engine

Engine Capacity

2996cc

Variants

-

Pricing

INR 1 crore

Transmission type

Automatic

Number of cylinders

6

Maximum power bhp @ rpm

362BHP @ 5000-6000rpm

Maximum torque Nm @ rpm

520Nm @ 2000-4200rpm

Length

4146mm

Width

2006mm

Height

1300mm

Ground clearance

-

Wheelbase

-

Boot space

335L

Kerb weight

1610kg

Gross weight

1910kg

Tire type

-

Seating capacity

2

Fuel tank capacity

-

Fuel type

-

Mileage on highways

-

In city mileage

-

Top speed

250 km/h

Acceleration 0-100kmph

4.7 seconds

Drive Train

RWD 

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Features

Mercedes AMG SLC 43 roadster

Air conditioner

Yes

Heater

Yes

Power windows front

Yes

Power windows rear

Yes

Power steering

Yes

Airbags

Yes

ABS

Yes

Keyless entry

Yes

Central locking

Yes

Cruise control

Yes

USB & auxiliary input

Yes

Speakers

Yes

Bluetooth connectivity

Yes

GPS navigation

Yes

Automatic headlamps

Yes

Steering mounted audio

Yes

Rear parking sensor

Yes

Rear parking camera

Yes

Height adjustable driver seat

Yes

Automatic Climate control

Yes

Getting it Right

Mercedes-Benz has cracked it right and made the new model aggressive looking in order for it to take on the rivals. The basic design stays the same as the predecessor but the additions have definitely added to the overall appeal of the convertible.

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