Mercedes-Benz has decided to phase out the much-loved SLK with the 2017 SLC 300.

The two-seater convertible that first made its debut back in 1996, was marketed by Mercedes as a “compact luxury roadster.” But now it appears the German automobile giant is looking to align the series closer to its C-class line-up.

Good news for fans of the original is that the new iteration will retain many of its best shaskas: hardtop convertible, plush leather interior, and one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any car. Speaking of power the “standard” SLC 300 will boast a 2-liter turbocharged engine punching out 241 horsepower. But Mercedes will also offer the more select AMG SLC 43, which will be fitted with a 3-liter twin turbo V6, capable of producing a staggering 362 horsepower.

Though there’s been no mention of price yet, we expect the SLC 300 to stay competitive with its German rivals the BMW Z4, Porsche Boxster, and Audi TT Roadster.

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