2012 MercedesBenz SLK 350 BlueEfficiency When Vroom Conquers…

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When Vroom Conquers

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK Dan Neil/The Street Journal


Tenerife, Islands

The Mercedes-Benz SLK’s is diminution . It’s a strange old so I’ll explain. Diminution to the quality or process of being in size, extent or importance. It from the same Latin as diminutive and diminished, and neither does the SLK any favors. For to be diminutive is to be and preciously sized, wee and wondrous, a dwarf pony, or Mick Cute, in other words.

And the fact that the new, SLK—the K stands for kurz . for short—is potent and hugely to drive, it must contend the fact that this of car tends to be received as, you know, Small, luxurious roadsters a lot of style seem feminine, a little prissy, the white on life’s golf course. use that most dreaded and of phrases: The SLK is a chick car.

It’s in excellent company. MX-5 and Porsche’s Boxster as chick cars, even they are both insanely driving machines. Indeed, facts are related since a car typically is also lighter, and more nimble. But little that is when you wheel sky-blue SLK up to the American Legion and your buddies inquire the state of your ovaries.

I know this is all monstrously except it isn’t. Human are … dimorphic and our apprehension of the world corresponds to the difference. Men are Women’s clothes and shoes are so smaller than men’s they require a different system. If for no other reason as an artifact of evolutionary psychology, things tend to strike us as feminine and larger things more masculine (with the of RuPaul).

Mercedes’s designers all this and they have, in the since the SLK’s introduction in gradually attempted to butch it up: hood bulge, F1-inspired fascia, more aggressive fascia. Hmm. Nope, cute. With the new 2012 (on sale Saturday), the designers in a very different direction, a car that echoes most of the the proportions, and the ratios of Mercedes’s (around 180 inches vs. 162.7), expensive, and inexpressibly more convertible, the SL.

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Small, luxurious with a lot of style seem even a little prissy, Mr. Neil. Mercedes-Benz

Now, to be the next-generation SL, due in 2012, hasn’t cover yet so I’m relying on spy of the car. But it seems apparent the SLK and SL look pretty similar. due to new pedestrian-safety standards, the SLK’s is taller, more upright and forward past the plane of the Ditto the SL. In both cars a strake of brightwork divides the and midlines the prominent, enamel-like star. The headlamps, the beaded LED and the geometry of the upper and lower openings—what’s known as the down-the-road to be nearly identical.

Roofline, tail lamps, contours, door height…I drag you through it. Suffice to say the SLK is a of coming SL attractions, printed on a

What could be wrong this twinning? Isn’t character important, especially your brand is as august as Yes, but it’s also a bit of a opportunity. Look at Audi’s A4, A6 and A8, the one-sausage, three-lengths product They are handsome cars, but by now the handsomeness feels rote.

And roadsters are not sedans. They are optional cars, expressive of the pure self-definition. And so the SLK’s resemblance to the larger car will to a kind of status land Hey, Bill bought a new Niiiice. Boy, it looks a lot the SL. Wonder why he didn’t get that? Oh Because he can’t afford it!

Now me that’s not how people think. See See Bill drive the SLK. See diminished.

Is the new SLK is a good car? Actually, it’s wonderful, but no surprise and little sport in is there? The car will initially be with three engines: two turbo fours (not yet in the U.S.); and a 3.5-liter, direct-injection V6, the SLK 350 (BlueEfficiency refers primarily to the new fuel-saving stop-start system). I the day bombing around Tenerife in the SLK 350 and it was one of the best driving days of my

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