Mercedes Benz SLK Hardtop Convertible

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Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 AT Special Series

Mercedes Benz SLK Hardtop

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The SLK Vario-roof was shown on the SLK II concept car at the 1994 Motor Show. The car went on two years later in Europe, and in in the US. The SLK was built in Bremen, Germany.

The SLK derives from the company’s mission to create a roadster was at once sporty, light, and — in German: Sportlich, und Kurz.

MERCEDES BENZ (1996-2004)

The SLK-Class was launched in on the new R170-platform. The SLK 230 Kompressor launch was designed to compete with the Boxster and BMW Z3. Based on the 1994 SLK I shown at the Turin Motor and the SLK II from the Paris Motor it featured an unusual folding It was powered by a 193 hp 2.3 L supercharged I4 engine and a of automatic transmission or 5-speed transmission.

The SLK was a modern incarnation of the Mercedes-Benz 190SL by returning to cylinders and a 94-inch (2,400 mm) Massively successful in its first worldwide sales hit 55,000, double the entire nine-year of 190SLs, and between 1996 and over 311,000 SLKs sold. The very first Mercedes SLK was completed on January 29, and last on April 7, 2004.

The roof design developed by consists of a folding steel top which is divided in half an axis at right angles to the of travel. Both halves are by a kinematic mechanism which is securely when the roof is At the touch of a button on the center a hydraulic system with cylinders controls the fully-automatic process in which the trunk lid is integrated, by tipping to the rear so the two roof halves have freedom of movement to pivot as the vario-roof opens. The roof then position themselves one on top of the and disappear into the trunk.

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 trunk. A roller blind separates it the luggage space below, an with a capacity of 145 liters in the SLK. With the vario-roof the load volume increased to a 348 liters (12.3 cu ft). Two roll-over bars behind the worked with the particularly A-pillars to form an integrated offering a high degree of protection. The steel roof added protection normally in a coupe with the enjoyment of a at the same time. The technology was advanced as its rivals still had cloth tops.

R170 (2000)

In 2000 the SLK received a which included new front and bumper designs, body-colored skirts and the introduction of new wing incorporating indicators. The range was to include a new entry-level model SLK 200 and a new V6 in the SLK 320. Technical improvements the addition of Electronic Stability (ESP) and a new 6-speed manual A stabilizer bar was added to the rear and the one was reinforced. A 3.46:1 axle was for the manual shift SLK, and the tank grew from 12 to 14

In 2001 a new AMG model was added, a 349 hp (260 kW) supercharged version of the 3.2 L V6. SLK 32 AMG was the most powerful R170 and was a direct rival of the BMW M Roadster and Boxster S. It was only offered the newly engineered five-gear and boasted 35% quicker automatic All engines were hand-built by AMG by an engineer. The SLK32 AMG’s haD two spark plugs per cylinder for combustion and was fitted with an Lysholm-type twin-screw supercharger. became 13.15 inches in from 11.8 inches,

AMG production ran between Aug 2000 and 2004. Only 4,333 built in total, of which 979 retained for Germany, 2,056 to the USA and 263 to the UK.

In July 2004 a Special was launched prior to the replacement the new R171 SLK in 2005. The R170 on as the Chrysler Crossfire until sharing substantial elements of the SLK engines and interiors.


Not all were exported to all markets.

SLK 200 — 2.0 L (1998 cc) 136 bhp (101 kW; 138 PS) I4

SLK 200 (2000-2004) — 2.0 L (1998 cc) 163 bhp kW; 165 PS) I4 supercharged engine, 0-60 mph in 8.2 top speed of 223 km/h (138

SLK 230 Kompressor (1996-2000) — 2.3 L cc) 193 bhp (144 kW; 196 PS) I4 supercharged engine.

SLK 230 (2000-2004) — 2.3 L (2295 cc) 197 bhp kW; 200 PS) I4 supercharged engine, 0-60 mph in 6.9 top speed of 240 km/h (148

SLK 320 (2000-2004) — 3.2 L (3199 cc) 218 bhp kW; 221 PS) V6 engine, 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds, top of 245 km/h (152 mph).

SLK 32 AMG — 3.2 L (3199 cc) 349 bhp (260 kW; 354 PS) V6 0-62 mph in 5.2 seconds.


The SLK was announced to the USA on Sept. 7, 1997 as a 1998 The SLK was on Car and Driver’s Ten Best list for and was named “North American Car of the by CAR DRIVER magazine for 1998. in the USA sale of the SL320 (6 cylinder) was when the SLK arrived to distance it the senior SL.


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The second generation SLK vehicle was in 74th Geneva Motor in March 2004 with a new new engines, and new interior. Known by its name R171, the exterior a new Formula One-inspired front and also took design from the Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA car from 2000.

For 2005 the SLK was one of Car and Driver Ten Best and won the Canadian Car of the Best New Convertible award.

of the 2005 SLK included:

SLK 200 Kompressor

1.8 L 120 kW PS; 161 hp)

I4 supercharged engine

0-100 (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds

top speed of 143 mph

available in Canada and the United

SLK 300 (known as SLK 280 in some markets)

3.0 L cc) 170 kW (231 PS; 228 hp)

double overhead cam V6

0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3

top speed 155 mph

(starting in 2006 year)

Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 AT Special Series

SLK 350

new 3.5 L (3498 cc)200 kW PS; 268 hp)

double overhead cam V6 engine

km/h (62 mph) in 5.4 seconds

top 155 mph (electronically limited)


5.4 L (5439 cc) 265 kW (360 PS; 355 hp)

V8 engine, km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds time)

tested speed 4.3

top speed 155 mph (249 km/h)

A version of this was used as the One safety car, replaced by CLK 63 AMG at the of 2006 Season. The SLK55 AMG was the Mercedes tuned by AMG’s Studio to a Black Series

R171 FACELIFT (2007)

In 2008 at the Detroit Motor the SLK-Class facelift was launched, pre-show announcements in December The R171 facelift included new with a particular improvement to the SLK 200 and 350 more power and better efficiency. The exterior changes subtle, with alterations to the front bumper design and new mirrors.

SLK 200 Kompressor — 1.8 L 135 kW PS; 181 hp) I4 supercharged engine

SLK 350 — 3.5 L cc) 224 kW (305 PS; 300 hp) DOHC V6 engine

SLK 300 and 55 AMG their existing engines

SLK-CLASS (2011-)

Main Mercedes-Benz R172

Mercedes-Benz the 2011 SLK in the autumn of 2010, months prior to its official launch, allowing car magazines to disguised test cars. The took the unusual step of several press releases in and November 2010 announcing new such as Magic Sky Control. In 2011 the car was officially announced.


The SLK became a of the brand image with a halo effect and brought new to Mercedes-Benz, increasingly popular to drivers and a status symbol for and wealthy dominant women in Some 42 per cent of the drivers in Europe who chose the roadster new Mercedes customers.

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Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 AT Special Series


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