The Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 is proof that dynamite comes in small packages.
At a length of just 4,120mm, the SLC is shorter than even Mercedes’ A-Class hatch (4,299mm). So how has Mercedes-AMG packed in all that light, sporty goodness into this nearly four-metre package?
The powerful front gets an AMG bumper and tons of bling—iridium silver louvres, chrome badging and accents on the grille and air intake fins. At the rear, this two-seater gets redesigned LED lights, a sleek brake light in the spoiler lip, and a pair of twin-pipe exhausts that neatly flush into the diffuser-like bumper, both trimmed in chrome.
A 3.0-litre biturbo V6 engine makes short work of accelerating from 0-100 kmph, in a claimed 4.7 seconds. Mated to Mercedes’ 9G-Tronic transmission, it churns out 367bhp and a torque of 520Nm. The AMG performance brake system, speed-sensitive, multi-function sports steering and sports suspension allow better cornering and handling. Inside, the chequered design AMG instrument cluster, the 11.4 cm display with Racetimer and max speed of 280 kmph caliberated on the speedo look promising. Further, the Dynamic Select allows you to choose from five driving modes—Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual—and even change the exhaust note by controlling the exhaust flaps. The Panoramic Vario-roof lets you enjoy it all with the top down.
The SLC is shipped as a Complete Built Unit, which brings the price to Rs 77.5 lakh (ex-showroom). The Mustang powered by the 5.0-litre V8 is cheaper still at Rs 65 lakh. But that’s the price you pay for all that German luxury wrapped in Nappa leather upholstery and red Designo seatbelts. Details: mercedes-amg.com/slc4