Mercedes-Benz SLC Review 2023 | Top Gear
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New name but not a completely new car, nor a brilliant one to drive

Good stuff

Well-made cabin, superb refinement for a cabrio, frugal diesel is hushed

Bad stuff

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...

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What's the verdict?

Ultimately uninspiring to drive, but works well as an easy-going 24/7 roadster.

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