Mercedes-Benz India has launched the new Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 in India at Rs 77.50 lakh (ex-Delhi). The new sportscar features a 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6, that develops 367PS between 5,500rpm and 6,000rpm and 520Nm from 2,000rpm to 4,200rpm. The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
The SLC43 AMG is the successor to the SLK 55 AMG that came with a naturally aspirated V8 motor that developed 415PS at 6,800rpm and 540Nm at 4,500rpm. While the SLCâ€™s motor may produce lesser power and torque, Mercedes says that the SLC 43 AMG is slower thanÂ the outgoing SLK 55 AMG from 0-100kmph by a mere 0.1 seconds only. However, you do miss out on the raucous roar of the NA V8. In the SLC, it’s a little subdued. That said, the SLCâ€™s V6 offers better midrange, better driveability, nimbleness and better fuel economy. In our exclusive test, we discovered that besides the usual driving modes, the Sports + mode is the one thatâ€™s best enjoyed. The manual mode makes it even more involving to drive.
The car gets full LED headlamps, diamond like grille with 211 studs and a slightly more rounded profile than the SLK. The cabin has undergone a few revisions and features a new steering wheel, larger entertainment system, push button starter and a new gear selector.
The SLC 43 AMG, with its new engine and features has allowed Mercedes-Benz to price it at quite a significantly lower price point than the SLK 55 AMG (Rs 1.25 crore ex-Delhi). Thatâ€™s what Merecedes-Benz achieved with the GLE 45 AMG Coupe too. At Rs 86 lakh (ex-Mumbai) it massively undercuts the outgoing ML 63 AMG (Rs 1.5 crore) and the BMW X6 (Rs 1.15 crore).
Read our exclusive and exhaustive review of the new SLC 43 AMG here .