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Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base

Golf Life: Mercedes Roadster

The littlest Mercedes-Benz has grown up. Fast.

All new for 2005, the Roadster has received a thorough to give it heavyweight performance in a package. In years past, the SLK was of a novelty in Mercedes’s arsenal of products. Small, cute—perhaps a tad too was a bonsai version of the larger SL of two-seaters.

Happily, the new SLK is more than bonsai. This roadster now comes armed a jewel-like 3.5-liter V-6 that out 268 horsepower, enough to propel it zero to 60 m.p.h. in a rapid 5.5 Those horses reach the wheels through your of either a six-speed manual or an innovative seven-speed automatic works brilliantly, delivering shifts that help the engine in its peak torque

Of course, all the power in the world be worthless without matching of road holding and braking, and the SLK350 is in its element. Like every Mercedes-Benz ever it feels as if it’s machined a single alloy billet, firm controls, precise and good balance. The chassis hard at high speed, yet it feels ragged or at a loss of

Thanks to a whole host of traction aids, including disc brakes up front, fast in the SLK350 is a snap, and a lot of fun With its short 95.7-inch and a curb weight of just pounds, the SLK350 enjoys pushed.

Part of the pleasure this roadster is the sheer joy of topless, which Mercedes easy. Push one button on the console and the magic starts: The lid pivots open, the two-piece roof folds and lowers the trunk, all four side lower, and the trunk lid closes on top of it Going from hardtop to motoring takes all of twenty-two and even at 80 m.p.h. the wind the cockpit isn’t bad. The is mercifully free of the cowl and front-end flutter that many open-top cars lesser makers.

Fortunately, the redesign resulted in a cockpit, so tall folks can fit the wheel. It’s still but no longer painful. Styling was clearly drawn from the $452,000—no, that’s not a misprint—SLR hyper-exotic roadster. In fact, the SLK is a pretty convincing knockoff of the SLR: small but muscular, a windswept appearance that it look like it’s fast even when

We’re less sanguine the interior design. The stylists to have thrown every they could think of the SLK’s cockpit. The dash is a slightly flattened oval two circular pods that the major gauges. The radio and controls fit in a trapezoid-shaped panel, the air vents are vertical ovals and the part of the top of the dash comes to a point. But don’t think for a that the interior is at all ugly. It smacks of someone trying a bit too In fact, this being a car, the only feature fails to deliver high is the over-engineered and clumsy-to-use cup holder. And your sticks at the club if going roofless: Trunk is at a premium, with just 9.8 feet available with the top up and 6.5 feet with it down.

Such quibbles aside, the SLK350 is a clear step of the model it replaced. It is fast, fun and traits that warm a heart in springtime.

Scorecard MERCEDES-BENZ SLK350 ROADSTER

PRICE/AS TESTED: $45,500/$49,480

3.5-liter V-6

MPG: 19 city/25

HORSEPOWER: 268

TORQUE: 258 foot-pounds


7-speed automatic

ZERO TO 60 5.5 seconds

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