Oh dear - a soft top, that will never do. And built by Renault
, don't buy French cars, the French don't care about cars. They are more concerned with cup holders and luggage space than performance and handling. I'm not being rude about the French honest, they put rubber mats on the sides of their cars to prevent dings and back up in a parking spots until they touch. Not a car culture.
On the up side residue values will hold and Porsch and BMW will no doubt be delighted.
Where to start with this...
I would suggest that the French do indeed care about cars.
French cars donít tend to have good cup holders because they donít eat in their cars, they get out of their cars and go to restaurants to eat.
The airbumps on a single Citroen model were actually dropped on the face lifted model and they were just an extreme version of something most cars have had for years - a little sacrificial strip that prevents damage to the door if someone (including you) opens a door clumsily in a parking spot.
Porsche has always been soft-top (unless you count the targa) and BMW dropped their own folding hard-top on the new Z4 (which is CO-engineered with Toyota) for a soft-top. Theyíre all low-volume specialist cars. Residuals will continue to be shocking on the SLK/SLC because people didnít want them new and they continue to not want them used.
As for the French not caring about cars, I would offer you the Alpine A110. Thatís a proper sports car. And itís French.
So, if you decide not to buy a new SLC which may be a lightweight soft-top based on the Alpine A110 (a sub-brand Of Renault) then thatís fine by me.
Personally, I think it could be a great thing.