2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC43 Live in Detroit

Posted by: Bernard Winkelmann onJanuary 11th, 2016

We asked the question last month if the all new Mercedes-AMG SLC43 was considered the real deal, or if it was AMG further diluting the brand for the sake of balance sheets. Now that Mercedes-AMG has lifted the covers off the SLC43 here in Detroit NAIAS, we were able to check it out up close in person to see what the new SLC43 brings to the table.

Sitting inside the SLC43, it felt eerily similar to the SLK55 AMG that it replaces. Even though the SLC is classified as a new chassis, the seats feel the same, the buttons feel the same, and the view feels the same. (Hint: The interior is mostly the same regardless of the chassis designation). In fact, it took a while to figure out what was actually different between the 2 cars, and all I could find was the console mounted shifter, as well as the updated steering wheel that’s required to function with the updated COMAND infotainment system.

What was disappointing was the exterior appointment. Gone from the SLC43 is the signature twin blade AMG grill that’s synonymous with cars from Affalterbach, as well as the distinct AMG tailpipes. The diamond grill on the SLC43 is more fitting for an entry level SLC than the top model. There is some positive however, as the SLC43’s front bumper has the twin wing design from the E63S AMG, and the headlight cluster has a really nice touch of carbon fiber insert under the LED headlamps. Although, the non AMG SLC300 also has that sexy carbon insert…

We won’t know for a little while more how it actually performs compared to the outgoing SLK55, but rest assured we’ll provide an update once we get our hands on one. Until then, check out our gallery from the Detroit NAIAS show floor, and tell us what you think of this new baby AMG convertible.

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