I would almost place a bet that there might be a very limited edition of SLCs, at the end of their run before the SLC proper kicks in, with a V8 of some sort but maybe not the 4.0L. Maybe in much the same vein as they did with the R129 - might they even call it a Silver Arrow..?Come on put in that new V8 just for the hell of it :laugh:
All the reviews say pretty much the same thing;
"It's a shame the bonkers V8 is gone"
"It's as fast as the old one"
"It's not a sports car"
"It's pretty good"
Which is pretty much what we've known since January.
One thing a couple of reviews have pointed out - it's 30kg lighter but the SLC43 doesn't have electric seats as standard. Is that why? So they can knock 50kg off for the electric seats and claim a 30kg weight saving? Or am I being too cynical?
You're overreacting. Perhaps you have 'other' issues when it comes to Top Gear.Please, please do not, anyone, base your judgement on anything written or reviewed by Top Gear - the biggest bunch of idiots - highly paid idiots mind you - that were ever allowed to touch a car.
Whoever wrote this one has not the slightest idea of what the car is about, and even less on what path technology is guiding us which is so important in understanding where all the manufacturers are going, and the mixed feelings on this and many other model changes.
Totally agree, but be aware the review I posted was not written by any of the three usual suspects - who I suspect no longer contribute to the site.Whilst I agree that sometimes the three do behave like schoolboys ( & the show has had its day) you forget that Clarkson especially is a masterful wordsmith. The written report is an accurate & measured judgement without having to resort to childish analogies.
The observation that the Mercedes is NOT an out & out hairy chested sports car is well made.
The 55 in reality is much closer to 4 seconds flat...only time will tell how quick the 43 is in reality. However, there is no doubt the 55 would lose the 43 beyond 60. I am curious to see how the 43 will handle, on track I doubt there would be anything between them. The sad thing is to see the competition making much faster cars, whereas AMGs don't seem to be getting much if any quicker - they could make the SLC so much faster, but of course it would then ruin their much more expensive line up. Shame. Hopefully the R173 is where it is at.I'm sensing a little hostility towards the slc 43 , especially from 55 drivers , I doubt very much anyone on here can sense .1 of a second difference to 60mph through the seat of their trousers , and I'm in the front of the queue ! If you drove them back to back you would probably think the new car was faster due to the power delivery of a turbo engine .
SLC is not yet listed on the MB Canada website, SLK is still out there. Whereas in the past there were a number of options, but they have all been thrown in and the options are now just about limited to the AMG Handling package($6,000) and magic sky($2500) any choice of paints at no extra charge and as far as the wheels go for the 10 spoke add $500. If you load the car up it just comes in $100,000 Cdn + the dreaded taxes. No doubt you could play around with the dealer and get a few grand off. I called my dealer recently and there are none sat in showrooms within the Province with the specs I have now...he will call me if a 2015/16 comes in or within the MB group... but he said 'don't hold your breath'.The 55 in reality is much closer to 4 seconds flat...only time will tell how quick the 43 is in reality. However, there is no doubt the 55 would lose the 43 beyond 60. I am curious to see how the 43 will handle, on track I doubt there would be anything between them. The sad thing is to see the competition making much faster cars, whereas AMGs don't seem to be getting much if any quicker - they could make the SLC so much faster, but of course it would then ruin their much more expensive line up. Shame. Hopefully the R173 is where it is at.
Of course the main point is that the SLC43 is not a true AMG! However, if I were buying an SLK new I guess I would pick this up - hopefully some decent remaps come out.
I do, however, like some of the technological improvements on this facelift.
Please oh please give us an SLC63 :grin:
Looking forward to picsOrdered one yesterday , late June early July delivery . Wife will be the main driver so it's white with the gloss black exterior package and the 2 colour wheels , pan roof , standard everything else .
Oh dear here does seem to be a lot of smug huffing & puffing here as to whether a car is a true AMG or not.I think the issue of whether or not it's an AMG is now well and truly dead and buried...Tobias says it is and that AMG is no longer exclusive...so as a 55 owner we just have to get on with our lives and show some TLC toward the last NA V8:x