2009 MercedesBenz SLK roadster Test drive and new car review…

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Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base

Muscle and maturity for the baby

Though the first generation SLK roadster had a cool folding and jewelry-like instruments, it was too cute to be a serious sports car. In the SLK350 upped the ante brawnier looks and a torquey 3.5 V6, and for 2009 Mercedes-Benz has gone further to lend credibility to its level convertible. Though has not been officially announced, promises a negligible increase 2008’s prices — for the SLK300 (previously named the $50,275 for the SLK350, and $64,025 for the AMG.

First Glance: improvement

Mercedes-Benz may sell of bread-and-butter sedans like the but roadsters are a key part of the brand’s And they’re popular, too; almost half a million since its introduction in 1996, the SLK has a wider group of the driving to boast a Benz in the garage.

Mercedes stepped up their with the 2009 SLK350, and include a few minor interior (like a next-gen COMAND an updated instrument cluster goes to photo), and a new steering Outside, a more aggressive end features a larger triple-pointed (in case you really want to know you’re driving a a truncated nose, and a more grille.

While the base (previously known as the SLK280) slightly better fuel and burns a touch cleaner, its is unchanged at 228 horsepower. The SLK55 AMG puts out a whopping 355 hp, but the mid-range gets all the makeover love for it receives a 32 horsepower bump in producing a nice round 300 and 265 lb-ft of torque. Both the and SLK350 now get 17 wheels standard, the SLK55 is clad with 18 Also new across the board is a system that tightens the ratio when the wheel is 5 off-center.

The SLK thankfully keeps its muscular and its gee-whiz folding hardtop. makes it easier to justify as a car.

In the Driver’s Seat: reasons to drop the top

2009 SLK interior

Photo © Mercedes-Benz

into the Mercedes-Benz SLK and you’ll instantly enveloped; its leather are supportive, the doors are tall, and its are compact. While its nearly-twice-as-expensive big SL550 feels spacious in the SLK is snug but well-finished. For 2009, the MM instrument buttons have tinted black (instead of and top stitching has been updated.

its retractable hardtop makes it and comfortable when the sun isn’t a number of neat features top-down motoring. An optional package includes heated a wind blocker, and an AIRSCARF that kills the chill by hot air onto the back of your (AIRSCARF, incidentally, will be available on SL models for 2009.)

The Multimedia Package includes premium sound, HDD navigation, and disc music storage, all SLKs get the easier-to-use COMAND unit. which will be incorporated into all Mercedes-Benz cars. While it loses the little buttons on the side of the it’s not quite as intuitive as wheel-operated MMI system. Also available for 2009 is Burl Trim, which really you that junior-exec-on-the-go feeling if not into the SLK’s traditionally interior.

All in all, the SLK’s cabin is every bit Mercedes-Benz; finished, ergonomically sound, and constructed.

On the Road: A bite to its bark

Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base

Not many roadsters drive as as they look, but the SLK — the SLK350 — has a bite is definitely as strong as its bark. 97% of its torque is delivered at only rpm, it’s got more get up and go you might expect—enough to shoot you to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Floor the throttle and the makes some sweet especially when driving through tunnels, the V6 screams a growl that should all but the most jaded enthusiasts. the SLK55 is the bad boy of the bunch, but the SLK350’s to squirt ahead in traffic is than enough to put a smile on face. Fuel economy and are improved over the 2008 so you zip along with (slightly) guilt than before.

Its transmission (yes, you read has SEVEN gears!) makes it harder for the SLK350 to feel out of If anything, seven speeds are a bit of for the SLK350; mated to its flexible shift points come so that they seem It’s not a deal-breaker, but it seems decided to choose more over speedier shifts, and shifts in a car as nimble as the SLK would more sense.

Ride quality is firm but not too Handling, while not quite as as the BMW M Roadster or the Porsche Boxster, is controlled, and tenacious, and the new direct-steer makes the SLK350 feel a bit responsive and alive than its speed-sensitive system.

Journey’s A polished premium roadster

Mercedes-Benz SLK

Photo © Basem

If you’re a performance enthusiast and a fan, it’s hard not to the zippy Mercedes-Benz SLK, the much-improved SLK350. For those with sporty two-seater the SLK’s faults shouldn’t as any surprise: limited luggage (especially when the top is down), a cockpit, and the lingering question of or not you should have perhaps something a touch more

Is the SLK for everybody? Most certainly But within this very segment of the market, Mercedes’ convertible accomplishes its goals effectively, offering a polished, roadster that performs as as it looks. —Basem Wasef


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