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Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

As of 2007, there have been two generations of Mercedes Benz SLK Class luxury roadsters. 1997 through 2004, the R170 generation of SLK class was comprised of four models that spanned those years. The SLK230 Kompressor distinguished itself from any others with its folding hard top and familiarly impressive supercharged Mercedes engineering and design capabilities. The subsequent SLK 320 attracted convertible admirers with its more endearing 6 speed manual transmission and 3.2 liter V6 engine. The SLK32 AMG with a 3.2 liter V6 engine putting out 354 horsepower was available in limited quantities in the United States and went from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. The SLK200 was not available for sale or purchase in the United States, but those overseas-and those who utilized the gray market in the U.S.-were served a more economically fuel efficient and slightly toned down 2.0 136 horsepower engine in the SLK200.

In 2005 Mercedes announced the arrival of the next generation of SLK Class, the R171. The Mercedes Benz retractable hard top SLK350 returned with enhanced handling, a more user friendly and elaborately detailed interior and the power of a 3.5 liter V6. 2006 saw the addition of the SLK280 in addition to the SLK350 Roadster. The SLK280 was offered as a less costly option with a 3.0 V6 engine, retaining the majority of the features and options available for the SLK350. The SLK55 AMG was released in 2007 and was built in limited quantities and for high performance drivers. The SLK55 AMG comes equipped with a 5.4 liter V8 engine, 18 inch chrome wheels, sports car designed suspension with brakes and tires to match. The interior features heated Napa leather upholstery and detailed luxury sport trim and control panels.

No significant changes have been made to the Mercedes Benz SLK350 or SLK 280 cabrioles or coupes as of the 2007 model year-and few complaints have been heard. The SLK Class convertibles are subject to blind spots when the top is up, something that many wish will be addressed in the future. However, compliments regarding the invigorating and responsive handling, the retractable hard top accompanied by world class Mercedes quality far outweigh any negative chatter.

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Reviews by Year

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK class is no creampuff car anymore! Instead, the third-generation SLK looks and feels more like the roadster it is it exudes sportiness and speed, but quietly. Sleek, sassy and elegant, this year's SLK steps out with a look reminiscent of the classic SLs from a bygone era. .

Of course its a convertible, changing from sporty roadster to stylish coupe in a matter of seconds. The three-piece roof is available in three options the most techy of which is the new electro-chromatic roof section equipped with what Mercedes is calling Magic Sky Control. With the push of a button, it responds to changes light and adapts by removes the glare from the beautifully appointed cabin. If it's chilly, the SLKs smartly-stitched, heated leather seats can blow warm air around the necks of the occupants making for more comfortable open-air adventures, or keeping things truly toasty under the top.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK class is powered by an all-new 3.5-liter direct-injected V6 supplies 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. more
2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a 2-door roadster/coupe that is available in three separate trims: the SLK300, SLK350 and SLK55. These 2-seat Formula One-inspired roadsters feature retractable hard tops that close and open completely in 22 seconds.
2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Unmistakable style and performance are the calling cards for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, a 2-door sports car with a retractable hardtop roof. Built from the ground up with one goal in mind, the SLK-Class leaves its driver breathless and wanting more.
2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Inspired by Formula I racing, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class cars deliver sports-car style and handling in three premier models. The SLK 280 Roadster has a 228 hp, 3-liter, 24-valve V6 under the hood with a six-speed manual short-throw transmission.
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