Mercedes-Benz will soon be launching two new special edition models of their popular roadster models – the SL and the more compact SLC. Called the SLC Final Edition and the SL Grand Edition, these limited-run models will likely be the German marque's send off for these two aging model generations.
Starting with the SLC Final Edition, Mercedes has given the compact roadster special touches as well as a unique paint job of Sun Yellow which is a nod to the SLK’s original introduction color. The Final Edition models are available on the standard SLC 180, 200, 300 and even the AMG SLC43.
For the AMG SLC43 Final Edition, the body is exclusively available in Sun Yellow. It also comes with high-gloss contrast touches on the front splitter, hood vents, fender vents, door handles, side mirrors and the trim element in the rear. Rounding up the exterior changes are the bespoke matte-black 18-inch five-spoke wheels with yellow accents to match the body.
Should you opt for the standard SLC, the roadster is also being offered in both Selenite Gray and standard Obsidian Black. The Final Edition SLC also comes with AMG styled front bumpers, and chrome trim surrounds. An exclusive SLC Final Edition badge is fitted on the front wings as well.
Inside, both the AMG and standard SLC feature a two tone black-silver leather with gray stitching. The headrest and steering wheel are also textured to look like carbon fiber with 'SLC Final Edition' wording stitched onto the headrest.
No changes were made to the SLC’s engine and powertrain as the Final Edition is mainly an appearance package.
While it is currently called the SLC, the compact roadster’s lineage goes back to the original SLK introduced in 1996 hence the throwback color. With the current model having been in production since 2011, it is likely Mercedes will soon be launching a new SLC model as replacement. The SLC Final Edition goes on sale starting 2020.
Moving to the SLC’s bigger brother, the SL Grand Edition model also gets a host of changes over the standard SL as well. Curiously, the SL Grand Edition is available only on the SL 400 and SL 500, not on the more powerful AMG edition models. Changes made to the SL Grand Edition are also harder to spot compared to the SLC Final Edition.
For exterior changes, the SL Grand Edition models get exclusive 10-spoke AMG wheels which measure 19-inch in front and 20-inch at the rear finished with a polished face and gloss black inserts. Only one exterior color is available as well – Graphite Gray. Aside from the wheels and color, subtle SL Grand Edition badges on the fenders are the only tell tale signs that this is a special edition model.
Inside the SL Grand Edition, there are more changes made. Designo Tundra Brown leather with diamond stitching adorn the seats and parts of the steering wheel. SL Grand Edition branding are also stitched on the headrest.
Like the SLC Final Edition, no changes were made to the SL Grand Edition’s powertrain as the Grand Edition is strictly an appearance package only. It will likely be the SL’s swansong before a new model is introduced soon considering the current SL model has been in production since 2012. No word as to how many Grand Edition models will be built, but says the roadster will hit showrooms beginning in March 2019.