Rock star? Start-up billionaire? Get the AMG SLC 43

V6-powered drop-top Merc with 367hp is best paired with a devil-may-care attitude

Platinum records on the wall. Back-to-back concerts in sold-out arenas. Hordes of screaming fans. Life bans from luxury hotel chains. Bandmates with an ego bigger than Jupiter… It’s not easy being a rock star. That’s why you need to take your inner petrolhead to a spa. A spa in the shape of a Merc, that is.

It’s funny how we never see many convertibles in India. Okay, depending on where you live, your chances of, er, going topless, are restricted to a few months a year (sunburnt or drenched in the rain, take your pick). And even then, you gotta watch out for curious bus passengers with a taste for paan.

But that doesn’t matter if you’re a Bollywood legend or rock star (or any millionaire, for that matter). Nope, if you have the ₹77.50 lac (ex-showroom, Delhi) that you need to buy an AMG SLC 43, you can also afford a luxurious villa in Goa. Something old and Portuguese, restored lovingly, yet with tech-heavy interiors that could make Bill Gates jealous. So park your SLC 43 in Goa, and whenever you’re jaded of the city life, fly down in your Learjet and spend a weekend driving around (with the top down, of course).


Power chord

The SLC 43 replaces the SLK 55. Out goes the naturally aspirated V8 and in comes a bi-turbo V6 that delivers 367 snorting horses and 520Nm of torque. All that power is put to the ground through a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, there’s an AMG speed-sensitive sports steering and a sports exhaust for that “whoa, I can hear the power’ experience. Now, it’s an AMG, so you get AMG Dynamic Select drive modes, AMG sports suspension, AMG brakes and an AMG instrument cluster with an 4.5in multifunction display.

Rock out wherever you are

Step inside and expect to get pampered like a headliner at Rock in Rio. There’s an infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, Garmin Map Pilot navigation, and yes, we can see that eager look on your face, snug Nappa leather (or microfibre) seats for perfect comfort when you’re powering around the Western Ghats on a recce for your next album cover.