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Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor 197hp R170

Believe it or not, it’s ten years since the lovable Mercedes SLK hit showrooms around the redefining the public’s perception of the with a bold and undeniably new look.

Now, after a and some 460,000 units the SLK-Class continues to remain a in its segment, evolving to contain the levels of technology, driving and safety while still the spry spirit that’s it successful for so long.

To celebrate the Mercedes today has published a release taking a look at the SLK and its humble beginnings, giving us all a what a tremendous ten years been for the captivating Mercedes If you’d like to read it, you can the press release in its entirety below, along with photos showcasing both the and the current-generation SLK-Class.



Ten years of the Cult car celebrates birthday

established a new high-growth market

World’s first sports car vario-roof and AIRSCARF

Unique of roadster driving pleasure and comfort

Market share of 50 per cent in Germany and Western

Stuttgart, Sep 14, 2006

When the SLK-Class roadster in Mercedes showrooms in autumn it represented nothing less a revolution in the automotive world. before had the Stuttgart-based auto presented itself in such dynamic and attractive form. The looks instantly announced the new image — and a few minutes at the made it clear that the new was underpinned by impressive dynamic

Few, if any, cars it were able to capture hearts the way the SLK did. It showed driving could also the emotions and create a sense of de vivre. For many people, it was a of love at first sight drove them to own this a phenomenon which was reflected in the books: the SLK sold out shortly the market launch. Following a increase in production capacity, 48,000 SLK models rolled off the line in the first full year — some 50 per more than originally

There was no looking back this sensational start. In the benefits which the compact brought Mercedes-Benz were as well as being a fifth model series it became a of the brand image with a halo effect and — not — it brought in new customers. some 42 per cent of the drivers in Europe who chose the roadster new Mercedes customers.

At the same time, the SLK-Class a new market segment, whose has more than trebled the last ten years and which now for sales of some 161,000 worldwide. In 1996, only two car brands (apart from offered open sports in the SLK mould. Today, there are nine vendors in this class. There can be no doubt it: the launch of the SLK-Class exactly ten ago was the spark that triggered the growth in the market for compact

Concept cars: two design pave the way for the production version

had prepared the market launch of the SLK its passenger-car model series great care. Two whole before, in April 1994, the product planners had caused a at the Turin motor show a roadster study which had created to test out their for a compact sports car and to gauge the of the public. We are showing a forward-looking for a roadster offering a unique of driving pleasure in its purest with characteristic Mercedes features, as the company’s press an-nounced at the time.

The expectations aroused by this car were surpassed comprehensively in 1994 by the second SLK study. now featured the vario-roof and had an exclusive look and feel with a paint finish and harmonising leather as well as comfort and features which included transmission, air conditioning, power and a stereo system. In this Mercedes-Benz was able to provide a demonstration of the breadth of appeal and which can be offered by a compact

Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor 197hp R170

Mercedes-Benz had done the unexpected and had to great effect that a roadster could offer a degree of driving pleasure yet be an absolutely serious and down-to-earth car in of safety and everyday practicality. meant that the two roadster had already opened up a new market and the SLK had already assumed the status of a even before it went production. By 1996 everything was in the world premiere of the SLK-Class was at the Turin motor show in the with the European market following on September 14, 1996.

roadster and coupé in one

The Mercedes was the right car at the right moment. It met customers’ needs for individuality and pleasure without compromise. it did so with the help of a whole of innovative technical solutions also guaranteed characteristically Mercedes standards of safety and

A notable example is the vario-roof: to this newly developed the roadster not only caused a but also became a trendsetter and a for a new generation of open-top cars. is borne out by the fact that years have seen an number of cabriolets and roadsters manufacturers have adopted intelligent roof technology in to offer their customers the characteristics which set the SLK-Class back in 1996: open-top pleasure and the comfort of a coupé. to the vario-roof, both can be provided at any time in response to the vagaries of the or simply on a whim of the driver.

The design developed by Mercedes-Benz of a folding steel hard top is divided in half along an at right angles to the direction of Both halves are linked by a mechanism which is locked when the roof is closed. At the of a button on the centre console, a system with five controls the fully automatic process in which the boot lid is integrated. It opens by tipping to the so that the two roof halves sufficient freedom of movement to backwards as the vario-roof opens; the sections then position one on top of the other, and disappear into the If the roof is to be closed, the same of movements is performed in reverse

The hydraulic system stows the in the upper section of the boot. A roller blind separates it the luggage space below, an with a capacity of 145 litres in the SLK. With the vario-roof the load volume increased to a 348 litres.

Safety: at luxury-class

The 1996 SLK-Class also with other qualities, as safety. Two fixed roll-over behind the seats worked the particularly strong A-pillars to an integrated system offering a degree of roll-over protection. And airbags, sidebags, belt belt force limiters and child-seat recognition, the compact offered the same safety as the E-Class — and that was simply the best that was at the time.

A look under the of the first SLK ten years ago would revealed one or other of the proven engines from the C-Class. could choose between a supercharged engine with an of 142 kW/193 hp and a mighty 280 Newton of torque or a 2-litre four-cylinder with 100 kW/136 hp and maximum of 190 Newton metres. With an com-bined fuel consumption of just 8.8 litres, the supercharged SLK 230 had a maximum speed of 231 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 In the year 2000, as part of the update measures, a supercharger was to the 2.0-litre engine, too, increasing its output to 120 kW/163 hp. the range was expanded with two power plants: the SLK 320 with 160 hp and the 260-kW/354-hp SLK 32 AMG.

Model range: the first of the SLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor 197hp R170
Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor 197hp R170
Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor 197hp R170
Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor 197hp R170
Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor 197hp R170

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