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TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong
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Mercedes-Benz relaunched archetypal compact roadster with new dynamic through new SLC

Mercedes-Benz announced the newly renamed compact roadster the SLC which signifies state-of-the-art technology and out-of-this-world appearance. The name change acknowledges the close relationship with the C-Class, from which the roadster is technically derived. The event was held at Mercedes me Store Hong Kong, the lifestyle extension of Mercedes-Benz, in Central and was attended by over 200 VIP customers and media guests.

Mr. Andreas Binder, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Limited made a remark at the event, “We are about to witness a new chapter for one of our iconic roadsters and to celebrate its 20th anniversary we are giving it a new name – the SLC. Over the past 20 years it has enjoyed great success with more than 670,000 units sold globally and ever since we first launched it in 1996 it has been a true icon in the segment. If you look closely on the boot lid, you will find the number 43 which is entirely new for our Mercedes-AMG brand and this is the first time that number appears in Hong Kong. With a V6 biturbo engine delivering 367HP I can assure you that the performance is outstanding. I’m also happy to announce that you will see the number 43 appear on many more Mercedes-AMG models in the future.”

After the unveiling ceremony of the new SLC, a DJ performance brought countless great tunes to the guests for an enjoyable evening.

The new Mercedes-Benz SLC is transformed from its predecessor, the SLK that achieved sales of around 670,000 units. After a facelift, the compact roadster is sportier than ever with a new front section featuring a steeply raked radiator grille that elongates the look of the arrow-shaped bonnet. The equipped sport/comfort oriented 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, together with the 1991cc four-cylinder engine, ensure excellent performance with an output of 184 hp for the SLC 200 and 245 hp for the SLC 300. With DYNAMIC SELECT the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted with just a touch of the button, as the system modifies the engine, transmission, steering and suspension at the driver’s command. The SLC’s vari-roof is even more straightforward to operate and provides the driving pleasure of an open-top.

The larger display, electroplated control elements and enhanced interior design further emphasise the high-quality look of the new SLC inside and out.

As the new addition with most dynamic to the line-up and part of the AMG family, the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 delivers driving performance in impressive style. Sharing the same striking appearance as other SLC models, the SLC 43 is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine and has an output of 367 hp and a maximum torque of 520 Nm. It features a modified version of the AMG sports suspension familiar from the Mercedes-AMG SLK 55. Combined with the sport/comfort-oriented 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, it guarantees sporty performance figures. The compact roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, celebrating optimised technology with its powerful performance.

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