2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster blows its cover

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster blows its cover

The majority of car fans were expecting the German carmaker to present its third generation roadster at the 2011 Detroit Motor Show, after, during a whole year, they saw numerous scoops and an important leak, all these accompanied by a few official releases. However, a recent reveal made by Mercedes showed the final pieces of the SLK puzzle. Compared to the previous European model, it offers a more efficient fuel economy by 25% and will be available with three engines, all of them incorporating start/stop systems and direct injection. The SLK 200 BlueEfficiency variant fills in the base model's shoes and will receive its power from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder powerplant, which delivers no more than 184 hp. It is able to reach a sprint to 100km/h in only 7 seconds, achieving a top speed of 237 km/h (147 mph) and requiring only 6.1 liters of gasoline per 100 km (38.6 US mpg) and is connected to a seven-speed 7G-Tronic gearbox. The SLK 250 BlueEfficiency is powered by the same engine, except for the ponies which are 204, while 6.6 seconds are necessary in order to sprint to 100 km/h, consumes 6.2 lt/100 km. The SLK 350 BlueEfficiency tops the line-up and is powered by a newly developed 306 hp 3.5-liter V6, sprinting to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The American car market will receive the Mercedes roadster in two variants, the 201HP 1.8-liter four-cylinder SLK 250 and the 302HP SLK 350. The main features added to the base models will integrate a conventional steel suspension, while other options offer a Dynamic Handling Package with continuous adjustable damping, further refined by a better steering system and torque vectoring brakes, as well as a sports suspension which features dampers and harder springs. Besides the Magic Sky Control panoramic glass-roof, the customers will enjoy the possibility to acquire an Airguide draught-stop and Airscarf heating system, providing an open-top motoring, even when the weather is cold. The new body structure offered by Mercedes ensures a better protection, complemented by active features, the PreSafe Brake.
With a base price of 38,675 euros, the 2012 Mercedes SLK is available in Europe beginning with January 17, while the more powerful variants will make future owners pay 44,256 euros for SLK 250 and 52,300 euros for SLK 350.
The launch will be accompanied by the release of a special edition equipment package, named "Edition 1", offering a panoramic vario-roof, Dynamic Handling package, AMG bodykit, ambient lighting and more.


2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster blows its cover image 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster blows its cover image
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster blows its cover image 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster blows its cover image
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster blows its cover image 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster blows its cover image