The Mercedes-Benz SLC will officially go out of production later this year after 23 years on sale, so to send the convertible off a new Final Edition has been launched. Although the SLC and preceding SLK never really lived up to the sporting potential of a two-seat drop-top (SLK55 AMG aside, perhaps), the model was a catalyst in boosting demand for comfortable and easy to drive roadsters at this end of the market.
While sales were once strong - evident from the rather large number on the classifieds - in recent years demand has gradually fallen to a point that the SLC now plays an insignificant role amongst Mercedes’ hot-selling models. No replacement is due, so the SLC Final Edition really is the end of the road. For that reason, it comes in kitchen sink spec, wearing a long list of options and dressed in AMG Line trim only.
Just two colours are offered, black or yellow, with chrome trim accompanying the former and black the latter. Both get the same AMG Line features, including more aggressive bumpers and 18-inch five-spoke AMG Light alloys, as well as larger brakes and 10mm lower springs – although the latter can be optioned-off if you prefer a softer ride.
Inside is where the SLC really shows its age as the dash is clearly from Merc’s previous-generation line-up. But the Final Edition gets dressed-up with standard-fit sports seats that feature memory settings as standard and come wrapped in Nappa leather. There’s also a flat-bottomed AMG Line steering wheel, standard-fit air scarf heater hardware and some Final Edition badges.
Despite the extra chintz, most Final Editions are likely to be ordered from the regular line-up of 180, 200 and 300 powertrains, all of which include turbocharged motors ranging from 1.6 to 2.0-litres in capacity and offer between 156hp and 245hp respectively. For those who prefer their drop-tops with something more closely resembling proper AMG performance, the Final Edition is also available in SLC 43 form, which brings the outgoing 3.0-litre V6 and its 390hp to enable a 4.7 second 0-62mph sprint time.
And that’s it. Prices for the run-out model will be announced when it goes on sale next month, but expect a slight increase across the line-up compared with the regular car to reflect the higher base spec of Final Edition. If that’s still too cheap, Merc’s also launching a new Grand Edition of the larger SL convertible. Unlike the SLC, the SL run-out, which comes in six-pot SL 400 and V8 SL 500 forms only, will be succeeded by a new model in 2020. Demand for plusher drop-tops at that end of the market has remained much stronger, it seems.