This is really confusing, I've just read the AutoExpress article from the link above and then had a look at the e-brochure from Mercedes Benz UK website.
I think the AutoExpress article might have got it slightly wrong, in terms of the options and the available engines.
The e-brochure shows only the SLC200 and the AMG 43, with the new more powerful Engine. Interestingly no mention of the SLC300, SLC180 or the diesel. Interesting if the SLC300 and the MX-5 chasing SLC180 have both been dropped, maybe they weren't selling...
The standard equipment and available options don't appear to have changed at all - perhaps the main body of the brochure still needs to be updated.
Anyone seen any news elsewhere about what's changed?
I posted this a few weeks ago as my 2018 refresh SLC (Model year code 809) arrives in 6 days time hopefully (There is some confusion as to whether it has been put back two weeks or not as the dealer says the info they have in confusing)
I managed to get my dealer to confirm that mine is definitely the 809 year with the new uprated version of the AMG engine.
I've only really looked at the SLC43 AMG in detail as that's my car: there are different turbochargers on the 3.0l biturbo engine which increases the power to 390bhp and over a slightly higher rpm range (up to 6100 rpm now. CO2 emissions goes up slightly, but still within the same UK annual Road Fund Licence "tax" band).
Options are the same in the UK re the standard and optional extras for this model although the "connectivity" and in particular, Mercedes.me, looks to be enhanced and standard now.
In Germany, Jupiter red is selectable as a colour option but not on the UK configurator.
The UK SLC43 AMG now gets an LTE/4G communications module as standard whereas the other models get the UTF version as standard. This results in a "nipple" antenna being on the rear boot (trunk) lid unfortunately. I'd rather have the car without these connectivity "benefits" and delete this antenna but hey-ho!
This is a US source and the car here does indeed have 385hp according to our rating system. Our horses are a little stronger than yours over the pond >It is very clear that the reporter doing the feature article in Auto Express doesn't know his backside from the SLC from his elbow.
There are lots of inaccuracies and also rubbish: The "new" options are not new at all! Harman Kardon has always been an option! aS have the clock, parktronic and lighting.
The SLC43 AMG is 390bhp not 385 as stated
Climate Control is NOT standard on the UK SLC43, just the air-con. Same with Intelligent LED lights - they have been standard on the UK SLC43 for a while. Plus Magno grey has been available for a while
As a side note, my delivery of factory order SLC43 has apparently been delayed because UK cars have to be individually tested for exhaust emissions and CO2 and the "generic average" fuel economy and emissions and CO2, as stated in the brochure, will not be taken as applying to individual cars. This could be a knock on from the VW (and now MB) fiasco over emissions lies / cover-ups
Does this mean that if you get a "better / worse than average" car with higher emissions, it will need to be de-tuned / re-tuned to make the emissions / CO2 fit within specific parameters?
(It's possible my dealer knows nothing, however, as they have been rubbish all along and I only stuck with them because the discount off list was way better than any other I could find.)
Ah, yes, I see the specs for the N. American engine now - I see the reporter didn't check the source of the facts before publishing! (It's a UK Auto Express website so he should have converted US mule power to UK thoroughbred bhp for his target audience)This is a US source and the car here does indeed have 385hp according to our rating system. Our horses are a little stronger than yours over the pond >
385 bhp (Brake Horse Power) approximately equals 390 PS (Pferdestärke). PS is a contrived unit defined in a DIN standard, as to a lot of the world engine power outputs quoted in kW are meaningless. For information the above engine has 291 kW.This is a US source and the car here does indeed have 385hp according to our rating system. Our horses are a little stronger than yours over the pond >