If it's mostly about the looks, having a nice little 2-seater and 241 hp is more than enough muscle (which is an absolutely valid standpoint), making the SLC 300 a good choice. But then, don't test drive the AMG SLC 43, because its driving thrills are unarguably alluring. Find a Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class for sale
How Much Does a 2022 Mercedes-Benz SLC 43 AMG Cost?
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class comes in SLC 300 and AMG SLC 43 versions.
The SLC 300 ($50,945) has 17-in alloy wheels, glass panel in the folding roof, mirror-logo headlamps, LED running lights and taillights, rain-sensing wipers, simulated leather upholstery, heated power-folding side mirrors, 8-way power-adjustable seats with memory settings, drive mode selection, sport exhaust system, 7-in display, blind spot monitoring and an 8-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, two USB ports and HD radio.
An optional Premium package for the SLC 300 brings keyless entry/ignition, remote control of the folding hardtop, Airscarf (a neck-warming feature that uses vents built into the seats), heated seats and satellite radio. An adjustable suspension, active LED headlights with automatic high beams and a 500-watt/10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system are also available.
The Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 ($65,645) has the contents of the Premium package, as well as active LED headlights with automatic high beams and the Harman Kardon audio system as standard. It also has the bigger engine, stronger brakes, aerodynamic additions, sport-tuned suspension, 18-in AMG-design alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, some real leather in the upholstery and powered adjustment for the steering column.
The SLC 43 is eligible for AMG Ride Control -- a more sophisticated sport suspension -- plus the AMG Handling package, which brings a mechanical limited-slip rear differential along with an IWC-designed analog clock and a sport steering wheel wrapped with a mix of leather and synthetic suede. These latter items don't help with handling but go some way to justify the extra money.
One cool option for both models is Magic Sky Control, which turns the glass panel in the roof transparent or opaque by the touch of a button. It's well worth having, since there isn't a sunshade for the regular glass panel.
Total trunk space is an adequate 10.1 cu ft., which shrinks to 6.4 cu ft. when the roof is stowed away.
City MPG / Hwy MPG
SLC AMG SLC 43 Roadster
$64650 / $60771
6 Cylinder Turbo
20 / 29
9-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz SLC 43 AMG a Safe Car?
The SLC-Class comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, 10 airbags, active headrests, aluminum roll bars behind the headrests and a driver-drowsiness monitor. An array of advanced driver aids (mentioned above) are optional.
Like many luxury vehicles, the SLK has not been subjected to crash tests by any American agencies.
2022 Mercedes-Benz SLC 43 AMG vs the competition
2020 Audi TT -- The regular version comes in coupe or roadster form, while the hot 292-hp TTS (there's also a hotter TT RS with 400 hp) only has a fixed roof. But the tech is impressive, and so is the driving experience.
2020 BMW Z4 -- In the second year of a new generation, this 2-seater has a soft top. Driving enthusiasts should check it out.
2020 Chevrolet Camaro -- Seriously, the Camaro's range of engines and excellent suspension make it a contender, even if it doesn't have the cachet of something exotic and German. Like many of these alternatives, it's a choice between a hard or soft top, which is also what makes the SLC so compelling.
2020 Porsche 718 Boxster -- The Boxster employs a soft top, so it does not have the SLC's serene character when the roof is up. But serenity is hardly the point of a Porsche.
Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class -- Along with the company's big luxury sedans, the SL-Class is the car that really means "Mercedes-Benz." It's gone beyond class and status symbolism to become an icon.
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