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The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz SLC
For:Well-made cabin, superb refinement for a cabrio, frugal diesel is hushed
Against:Not a patch on a 718 Boxster for fun, no V8? Sob
What is it?
A new name – and slightly tweaked face – for Merc’s smallest roadster. For reasons not entirely apparent, the cheapest two-seater, folding hard-top Mercedes offers has swapped the K in its name for two and a half generations to a C, just in time to receive a round of mid-life updates to keep it savvy against the new 718 Boxster and, well, that’s about it, so far as noteworthy posh roadsters go.
AMG’s offering has had the most invasive surgery, transplanting a bi-turbo V6 for the old 5.5-litre V8, and losing a bundle of power in the process: goodbye SLK 55 AMG, hello AMG SLC 43…