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2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Final Edition to be the Last of the Line

2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Final Edition - front view
2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Final Edition - Source: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes is shutting down the SLC Roadster after 23 years of production. Sales of the entry-class roadster have been dropping for years and Mercedes has finally decided to let the model go.

However, it will go out with a bang. The 2019 SLC Final Edition will come with improved specifications and AMG Line trim.

2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Final Edition - rear view
2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Final Edition

You will be able to choose from the regular line of powertrains – 180, 200 and 300. Each comes with a turbocharged, inline 4-cylinder engine with 1.6 up to 2.0 liters of displacement. The SLC 300 will produce up to 245hp and 273 lb/ft of torque, going from 0 to 62mph in 5.8 seconds.

Mercedes will also offer a performance version – the SLC 43. It will come with a 3.0-liter, twin turbo V6 engine, producing 390hp and 384 lb/ft of torque. Acceleration from 0 to 62mph is as low as 4.7 seconds.

2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Final Edition - front side view
2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Final Edition

The Final Edition SLC will come in two colors:

  1. Black with chrome trim
  2. Sun Yellow with high gloss black trim

The second paint job is a tribute to the original Mercedes-Benz SLK R170. In 1996, it premiered in a similar bright yellow color.

Original 1996 Mercedes-Benz SLK Yellowstone
Original 1996 Mercedes-Benz SLK

The AMG Line trim includes new bumpers front and back, new fins on the air intakes and a number of smaller items in and out of the vehicle.

2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Final Edition - air intake
2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Final Edition

Performance wise, the AMG package includes bigger brakes and 10mm lowered suspension, which you can opt out of. The car rides on a set of 18-inch, five-spoke, lightweight AMG wheels.

2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Final Edition - wheels
2019 Mercedes-Benz SLC Final Edition

With the end of Mercedes-Benz SLC, and Audi TT transforming into a four-door coupe, the entry-level roadster segment shrinks to just a handful of alternatives – Mazda MX-5, Fiat 124 and BMW Z4.