The Mercedes-Benz SL designo Edition (R 231) is tailored towards exclusivity and fine interior design.

SL designo Edition and SLC RedArt Edition.

Twice the exclusive open-air driving fun.

Exclusivity and sporty dynamics.

Exactly six weeks before the start of spring in Europe, Mercedes-Benz is launching its automotive springtime with attractive editions of its SL and SLC Roadsters. Customers can choose from the SLC RedArt Edition as well as the SL designo Edition. While the compact SLC special model emphasises sporty dynamics, the SL is tailored towards exclusivity and fine interior design. Sales release for both Roadster Editions starts on 6 February, market launch is in April.

With attractive editions of its SL (R 231) and SLC (R 172) Roadsters Mercedes-Benz is launching its automotive springtime.
Mercedes-Benz SLC RedArt Edition (R 172): Its exciting design and striking details make the RedArt Edition particularly sporty.

Particularly dynamic: SLC RedArt Edition.

The SLC can be ordered as a particularly dynamic RedArt Edition. Its exciting design and striking details make the RedArt Edition particularly sporty, something that is underlined by the red colour highlights on the exterior and in the interior. The red front splitter, the diamond radiator grille with pins in red and black, red fins in the wings with an exclusive Edition badge and the diffuser with red trim lend the SLC RedArt Edition an eye-catching look. A harmonious contrast is provided for by the striking 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in tremolite metallic with a high-sheen finish. The performance of the SLC is further enhanced by the large, perforated brake discs and red brake callipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering at the front.

Exclusive upholstery in the interior.

The RedArt Edition interior impresses with exclusive upholstery in black leather with silver pearl nappa leather inserts with red contrasting topstitching and the Edition logo embroidered on the head restraint. Elements in carbon-embossed leather on the head restraints, the sports steering wheel and on the DYNAMIC SELECT selector lever additionally ensure particularly sporty highlights. Further appointments include seat heating, AIRSCARF neck-level heating for driver and front passenger, aluminium trim element with dark carbon grain as well as exclusive floor mats with the Edition logo and red border.

The Mercedes-Benz SLC (R 172) RedArt Edition interior impresses with exclusive upholstery in black leather with silver pearl nappa leather inserts with red contrasting topstitching.
The AMG RedArt Edition for the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 provides expressive highlights with stylishly placed red elements.

Mercedes-AMG SLC 43: Fuel consumption combined: 7.8 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 178 g/km.*

Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 RedArt Edition.

The AMG RedArt Edition for the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 provides expressive highlights with stylishly placed red elements. The exclusive special paint finishes in designo selenite grey magno and designo iridium silver magno make the SLC top model into quite the eye catcher. Red trim elements on the front and rear apron, the red front splitter, red flics in the AMG bumper and the red fins in the wings lend the Roadster an eye-catching look.

Seats are designed in black leather with silver pearl nappa leather inserts with exclusive upholstery and head restraints in carbon-embossed leather. A multifunction sports steering wheel with carbon-embossed leather inserts, the AMG E-SELECT selector lever with nappa leather insert and embossed AMG logo as well as the aluminium trim element with dark carbon grain are also part of the exclusive range of appointments.

The legendary Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster (R 231) gains even more exclusivity with the designo Edition. The special model is characterised by stylish elements and high-quality materials.

Even more exclusivity: SL designo Edition.

The legendary Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster gains even more exclusivity with the new designo Edition. The special model is characterised by stylish elements and high-quality materials on the exterior and interior. The metallic finish in brilliant blue, the 19-inch or 20-inch AMG 10-spoke forged wheels as well as the chrome flics in the front apron ensure a special exterior look. The badges with the designo Edition logo placed laterally between the chrome badges subtly reference the Roadster’s special status.

Even more exclusivity: SL designo Edition.

The legendary Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster gains even more exclusivity with the new designo Edition. The special model is characterised by stylish elements and high-quality materials on the exterior and interior. The metallic finish in brilliant blue, the 19-inch or 20-inch AMG 10-spoke forged wheels as well as the chrome flics in the front apron ensure a special exterior look. The badges with the designo Edition logo placed laterally between the chrome badges subtly reference the Roadster’s special status.

The legendary Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster (R 231) gains even more exclusivity with the designo Edition. The special model is characterised by stylish elements and high-quality materials.

High-quality materials in the interior.

Driver and passenger experience the exceptional character of the SL designo Edition with exclusive design elements and high-quality materials in the interior. Seats and door centre panel in porcelain / black designo nappa leather with exclusive designo layout and the roof liner in porcelain designo DINAMICA ensure a particularly exquisite ambience. Further matching appointments include the ambient lighting, the 3-spoke two-tone multifunction sports steering wheel in black / porcelain nappa leather as well as the floor mats with porcelain designo badges and edging.

 

Climatised seats, the AIRSCARF neck-level heating, the Active Multicontour Seat Package as well as the Driving Assistance package Plus with DISTRONIC, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE-SAFE® PLUS also come as standard to enhance comfort.

The Mercedes-Benz SL (R 231) designo Edition with exclusive design elements and high-quality materials in the interior.

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360° video drive in the SLC around London.

Experience the new SLC in a 360 degree video driving through London. For the 360° effect, watch this clip on the YouTube App on iOS or Android, or use the Chrome browser in 2160s (4k) resolution on your computer. 20 years on from the birth of its segment, the archetypal compact roadster is to be relaunched with a new name – the Mercedes-Benz SLC – significantly optimised in terms of both technology and an enhanced look. The name change acknowledges the traditionally close relationship with the C-Class, from which much of the roadster’s technology is derived. There are new additions to the model line-up – the sporty top-of-the-line Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 and the entry-level SLC 180.

 

Mercedes-AMG SLC 43: Fuel consumption combined: 7.8 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 178 g/km.*

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Urban Lights – Mercedes-AMG SLC 43.

Driving a powerful car and listening to music can produce similar emotional responses, an engine’s roar being the equivalent to a bassline drop or guitar solo. We matched RPM with BPM, combining the sounds of the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 and London artist Azekel in an all new adrenaline charged video. SLC 43: Fuel consumption combined: 7.8 l/100 km; combined; CO₂ emissions: 178 g/km*

Watch London Artist Azekel Test Drive the New Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 in “Urban Lights”.

Urban Lights.

Guest feature by Highsnobiety: London artist Azekel test drives the new Mercedes-AMG SLC 43.

Fuel consumption combined: 7.8 l/100km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 178 g/km.*

Matching RPM with BPM.

Driving a powerful car and listening to music can produce similar emotional responses, an engine’s roar being the equivalent to a bassline drop or guitar solo. We matched RPM with BPM, combining the sounds of the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 and London artist Azekel in an all new adrenaline charged video.

Matching RPM with BPM.
Putting it to the test.

Putting it to the test.

We headed to Azekel’s home turf where he tested out the car’s 3.0-litre V6 engine during a dark summer night in the city. The model boasts 367 hp and 520 Nm of torque, catapulting the car from 0 to 62.5 mph in just 4.7 seconds.

Putting it to the test.

We headed to Azekel’s home turf where he tested out the car’s 3.0-litre V6 engine during a dark summer night in the city. The model boasts 367 hp and 520 Nm of torque, catapulting the car from 0 to 62.5 mph in just 4.7 seconds.

Putting it to the test.
Looking for a musical equal.

Looking for a musical equal.

The car’s dynamic capabilities needed a musical equal. Azekel is a British singer-songwriter, musician, and producer; he’s released three EPs and recently featured on and co-wrote Massive Attack’s “Ritual Spirit”.

The musician wrote and produced “New Romance” — the track featured in the video — from his East London flat. Layering rich vocals over a downtempo beat, Azekel’s raw sound contrasts the Mercedes’ high-octane performance in the fast-paced capital.


Guest feature: All statements in this article are personal opinions and impressions of the author and sometimes not of the Daimler AG.

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    The new SLC: new name, new dynamic.

    The SLK now goes by the name Mercedes-Benz SLC. Just in time for the 20th birthday of the archetypal compact roadster, it presents itself significantly optimised in terms of both technology and looks.

An impressive heritage.

20 years on from the birth of its segment, the archetypal compact roadster is to be relaunched with a new name – the Mercedes-Benz SLC – significantly optimised in terms of both technology and an enhanced look. The name change acknowledges the traditionally close relationship with the C-Class, from which much of the roadster’s technology is derived. There are new additions to the model line-up – the sporty top-of-the-line Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 and the entry-level SLC 180. In visual terms, stand-out features include the standard-fit diamond radiator grille and the LED Intelligent Light System (optional extra). The new SLC has an impressive heritage to live up to: its predecessor, the SLK, which was launched in 1996, achieved sales of around 670,000 units. Comprehensively refined and with a model line-up ranging from the high-torque and economical SLC 250 d to the sporty, high-performance Mercedes-AMG SLC 43, the new model has what it takes to build on that success. The SLC 250 d, SLC 300 and Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 feature the sport/comfort-oriented 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission as standard, while it is available as an option for the new SLC 180 as well as for the SLC 200.


SLC 180:
Fuel consumption combined: 5.8–5.6 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 134–127 g/km.*

SLC 200:
Fuel consumption combined: 6.1–5.7 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 142–133 g/km.*

SLC 250 d:
Fuel consumption combined: 4.7–4.4 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 123–114 g/km.*

SLC 300:
Fuel consumption combined: 6.2–5.8 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 144–134 g/km.*

Mercedes-AMG SLC 43:
Fuel consumption combined: 7.8 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 178 g/km.*

Attractive model range.

The new entry-level model is the SLC 180 with an output of 115 kW (156 hp). It has an NEDC consumption figure of just 5.6 l/100 km and CO₂ emissions of 128-127 g/km. Positioned above this are the SLC 200 with an output of 135 kW (184 hp) and the
 SLC 300 with 180 kW (245 hp), both of which feature a 1,991 cc four-cylinder engine. The efficiency champion remains the 150 kW (204 hp) diesel model, the SLC 250 d, with a CO₂ figure of 114 g/km. Driving Performance is the AMG brand promise – and the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 lives up to it in impressive style. The new model combines a 270 kW (367 hp), 520 Newton metres, 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine with a modified version of the AMG sports suspension familiar from the Mercedes-AMG SLK 55.

DYNAMIC SELECT: five modes.

With DYNAMIC SELECT the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted instantly at the touch of a button, as the system modifies the engine, transmission, steering and suspension at the driver’s behest. The five modes – “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport Plus”, “Eco” and “Individual” are easy to select using the DYNAMIC SELECT button in the upper control panel on the dashboard console. The selected mode is shown on the multifunction colour display and also appears as a pop-up message on the head unit display. DYNAMIC SELECT is a standard feature in the SLC 300 and SLC 250 d. In the SLC 180 and SLC 200, transmission mode selection is available in conjunction with the optional 9G-TRONIC.


Drivers who choose the Dynamic Handling package (optional extra), which features a 10 millimetre lower chassis, an adaptive damping system, direct steering and ESP® Dynamic Cornering Assist, can also use DYNAMIC SELECT to specify the damping force in “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes. Here the damping force at each individual wheel is automatically and continuously adapted to the current driving conditions. With the sports exhaust system the sound experience can be intensified as the acoustics can be adjusted via an integral exhaust flap in conjunction with the DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes.


A comprehensive range of safety systems.

A new feature for the SLC is the standard-fit Active Brake Assist, known in other model series as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS. In addition to radar-based proximity warning and braking assistance by Adaptive Brake Assist, this Active Brake Assist system carries out autonomous braking to reduce the danger of rear-end collisions. If the driver fails to act when a risk of a collision is detected, despite the warning lamp in the instrument cluster and the intermittent audible alert, the system will initiate automatic braking. This significantly reduces the vehicle speed. At low relative speeds, this intervention may be sufficient to prevent a rear-end collision with slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles. Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist also remain available.


LED Intelligent Light System.

For optimum visibility on country roads and motorways, when cornering and on bends, the optional LED Intelligent Light System automatically adapts to all light and driving conditions. Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus is also available for dazzle-free continuous high beam usage. When high beam is switched on, this system always makes the optimum headlamp range available. The driver can concentrate on the traffic and does not have to continually switch between low beam and high beam. He or she can leave the high-beam headlamps on at all times and use their full range without bothering or endangering other road users.


The design: diamond radiator grille as standard.

The Mercedes-Benz designers have further honed the roadster’s sporty look. The new front section, where the steeply raked radiator grille elongates the appearance of the arrow-shaped bonnet, is particularly striking. All SLC models feature a diamond radiator grille as standard. Further features of the masculine, sporty front section include a bumper which boasts striking air intakes, dynamically modelled contours and high-quality chrome trim at the lower edge, as well as distinctive headlamps. The LED daytime running lamps are integrated into the headlamp units. The side view of the SLC reveals the typical features of a roadster with a long bonnet, a passenger compartment that is set back and a short rear. The ventilation grilles in the front wing feature a high-sheen chrome fin which has echoes of the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. Powerful proportions define the rear section with its muscular wings. The rear bumper with its black diffuser, chrome touches and integral tailpipe trim signal the dynamic potential.


An even higher-quality look: the interior.

The interior has an even higher-quality look. Highlights include new light (standard) or dark aluminium trim parts with a carbon-fibre finish. The instrument cluster has a new design too. The two tubular instrument surrounds now feature black dials. Red needles also add to the sporty, contemporary design. A large, multifunction, colour TFT display with a screen diagonal of 4.5 inches (11.4 cm) is incorporated between the two dials as standard. The display between the two ventilation outlets in the centre console has been significantly increased in size. The new-generation sports steering wheel, perforated as standard in the grip area, and the DIRECT SELECT lever, embossed with SLC (in conjunction with 9G-TRONIC), also help create a sporty, refined feel. The leather appointments have also been revised. As a control and display system for navigation, phone, audio, video and internet, the COMAND Online infotainment system offers a range of new and extended features. The new SLC is intelligently networked and “always on”. This is ensured by the standard-fit communications module (on-board SIM card) which enables the use of Mercedes me connect services. The Audio 20 CD entertainment system has also been upgraded.


Performance roadster from Affalterbach.

With its maximum power of 270 kW (367 hp) and peak torque of 520 newton metres, the 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine can deliver impressive performance: sprinting from rest to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, its top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h. Installed close to the engine, the two turbochargers are especially spontaneous in their response. The high power output of 270 kW (367 hp) is attributable, among other things, to the 1.1 bar charge-air pressure. There need be no contradiction between high driving dynamics and low fuel consumption. This is proved by the new Mercedes-AMG SLC 43: thanks to the combination of the 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine and 9G-TRONIC sports transmission, the 270 kW (367 hp) roadster consumes just 7.8 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (NEDC, combined). Consequently, the open-top two-seater not only uses 0.6 l/100 km less than its predecessor, the SLK 55 with V8 naturally aspirated engine, but is also the most efficient six-cylinder performance roadster on the market. Even greater driving dynamics are optionally available with the AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with adaptive adjustable damping and the Handling package with mechanical limited-slip differential on the rear axle.


Muscular with an emphasis on width.

Numerous design features immediately identify the new SLC 43 as a member of the Mercedes-AMG family. With an emphasis on width, the front view is dominated by the air deflector in brand-typical “A-wing” form, which is finished in high-gloss black. The large outer air intakes come with silver chrome fins and are edged by black flics. Down below, the silver chrome front splitter ensures an optimal flow of air to the cooling modules. It also makes the roadster appear to hug the road more closely. The diamond radiator grille features chrome-plated pins and a louvre in high-gloss black. The interior reinforces the consistently dynamic bias of the new SLC 43 with numerous specially designed details. Ideal for a committed driving style, the multifunction sports steering wheel in black nappa leather features a flattened bottom section and red contrasting topstitching, with the perforated grip area lying especially well in the hand.


The contoured sports seats give the driver ideal lateral support, including when a dynamic driving style is adopted. The key factors behind the snappy, agile roadster driving experience are the newly developed front and rear axles, new engine/rear-axle gear unit mountings, stiff elastokinematics and highly precise steering. Even greater transverse dynamics are made possible by the optional Handling package with mechanical limited-slip differential on the rear axle.


Two options: the sports suspension.

With the standard sports suspension or the optional AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with adjustable damping, the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 offers two suspension options designed for high lateral acceleration and reduced roll. Common to both suspensions are the specially developed front and rear axles, which guarantee precise wheel location and high camber stability on compression and rebound. The three-link front axle has been provided with stiffer steering knuckles, improved elastokinematics and increased negative camber. In combination with the likewise newly developed wishbone guide bearings, this design results in significantly more agile cornering, more precise and direct suspension feedback from the road and fast cornering speeds.


The four-link rear axle with optimised elastokinematics, increased negative camber and special forged-aluminium track rods not only improves the driving dynamics, but also makes the SLC 43 more controllable when driven at the limit. The standard-fit sports exhaust system comes with two automatically map-controlled exhaust flaps. In the “Eco” and “Comfort” transmission modes, the flaps remain closed most of the time, this resulting in an acoustically restrained note from the six-cylinder biturbo engine. In the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes, the exhaust flaps open earlier and more spontaneously, especially if the driver prefers a dynamic driving style. The effect: the typical, emotively appealing AMG engine sound.