Join Date: Jul 2015
Vehicle: 2001 SLK320
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Unfortunately, the list of un-replaced convertibles is growing quickly in the last few years,
Sebring, Viper, Lexus, Megane, Focus, Peurgeot 307, 207, Eos, MR2, Tigra, Astra TT, and earlier, , Alfa Spider, MG, XLR, G6, Citoen Pluriel, Elan.TVR.
Toyota shares with BMW for a new one, Mazda shares with FIAT.
It's seems to be only the
exotics, like Lamborghini, Ferarri, Maserati, McLaren
Super luxury small volume like Rolls and Bentley
And the Germans of M-B, BMW & VW who can stick it out.
These three groups are seeing growth, the ones at the top aren't.
When the outlook is not optimistic, car companies drop convertibles.
In light of the continued swing to lifestyle cars, SUV, high roof hatches, wagons, and away from personal fun cars, like 2seat, 2door convertibles, the case for a big engined small convertible is getting harder for product planners to produce a profitable business case for.
And yet M-B seem to be sticking a big V-8 in almost every thing in the range.
Why then no SLC63 ?
It could be a matter of timing, the need to line up the new engines, with the all-new models, as they (engines) are reported to need the new electronic architecture only possible in the new generation platforms. And why stick soon to be obsolete engines into a very small volume application for just a couple of years?
I am stunned to read the new M-B engines are 15% more efficient again. Is there no end to improvement to the internal combustion engine.?
Ironic that In this decade, as it finally can perform so well, the IC engine is destined to be overtaken by electric cars, that lay in wait for a time soon when low cost storage creates a stampede to electric vehicles. Just look at what is happening in Norway.
As for the SLC43, yeah, I'd really enjoy one, now can I get crowd funding for it.............