Mercedes-Benz roadsters are like no other cars on Earth. Their unique designs and hand-built engines put them in a class of their own known only by the most passionate drivers. With high-end sports cars, small changes in specifics can make huge differences on the road. A slight change in weight distribution can change the way a car handles and 10 horsepower can be the difference between a perfect turn and spinning out. In the case of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK, these small changes are everywhere, yet the roadster maintains its iconic heritage, seen in the design.
The Mercedes-Benz SLC replaces the SLK for 2017. The name change signifies the car's close relation to the C-Class sedan and GLC SUV, both of which were newly designed for 2017 and 2016 respectively. The biggest difference between the SLK and the SLC is the removal of the SLK 350 and SLK 55 AMG® variants. The SLC now only has two trim options, one of which is the new flagship Mercedes-Benz AMG® SLC 43. It is a shame to see the SLK 55 AMG® go, but just because the new AMG® SLC model wears a new badge doesn't mean we can dismiss it as an inferior automobile.
DYNAMIC SELECT was first featured in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC and is greatly changing the way our cars work. With DYNAMIC SELECT, the 2017 SLC can instantaneously switch between Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual driving modes. This versatility not only gives drivers a more dynamic driving experience, but it also makes the SLC more powerful and more efficient, relative to engine size. It is because of DYNAMIC SELECT that we hand the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK comparison trophy to the SLC. We expect more power be introduced in an SLC 63 model in the future, but for now the functionality of DYNAMIC SELECT outweighs the need for high power output. If you have any questions regarding this comparison, contact us at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale.