Mercedes SLK 350 is Top Down Fun!

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Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base

By Dan Scanlan — MyCarData

It was baby when it first out in 1986, with one of the car world’s modern retractable hardtops and a kompressor (supercharged) engine its sleek hood. As one of the most roadsters on the market then, the also revived the memory of classic 190SL convertible of the in a design with a 94-inch and a four-cylinder engine.

Fast-forward to and Mercedes Benz also the heritage of the granddaddy of all Benz cars, namely the gullwing-doored with the new 6.2-liter, 563-hp SLS pinning me to my seat under a new door design as I got it to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds a 2010 test.

Now Mercedes-Benz the aggressive design of the SLS, gullwing doors, and applies of it to the third generation of its SLK for 2012. is the rounded first-gen shape, and the One-inspired nose of the second. new SLK goes a bit SLS in a class populated everything from a Mazda and Nissan 370Z drop-tops to two German two-seaters.

I guess you call it gullwing away the flock.

Benz body– The SLS and SLK one basic design tenet – nose and short tail. But in the of our glossy black SLK350, it a bit further at the front, where the length increase over year’s is apparent. The SLS’s grill and alloy-look crossbar big central three-pointed star are a bit smaller for the SLK, over a lower air intake with a low air Glaring bi-xenon headlights in chrome turrets include that turn with the and amber LED turn signals are The headlights flow up and into fenders with a bit of fender in them, while the nose’s brake inlets carry white LED running lights. The basic shape flows aft to the long hood’s power while the fender tops into the raked windshield The flanks carry some of the lines of the last SLK, a chrome spear on the fender Our test car’s Sport added a sculpted lower with a muscular line flows aft to merge with the shut line, while faceted line frames the rounded rear fender’s There’s a rounded muscular on the rear fender top, a subtle spoiler lip accents the rear deck. The car’s design is the most similar to its The Sport Package also the 5-spoke AMG alloy wheels easily reveal the big cross-drilled brakes and gray Mercedes-Benz-badged inside, all wrapped in Pirelli P225/40ZR18-inch front and healthier rear rubber. Familiar rear LED taillights wrap the rear over a flat lower fascia with alloy exhaust tips. The car got of looks on the road and in parking some people walking it calling it “slick” and beautiful.” It has some welcome muscle in its design compared to its predecessors, it looked just mean The fit and finish was superb, every cut perfect, although the black showed the fingerprints of admiring one of whom told me she had been after that car all week. It is gorgeous!”

SLK seating – Bengal Red leather on the and door panels and alloy and elsewhere are the accents to the solidly-made interior of the SLK, all well out and fairly simple as well as for two. You step over a door sill accent and at a soft molded dash top a low-gloss leather look. A bulge frames a simple package with 160-mph and inset gas gauge on the left, and tach with inset gauge on the right. I liked the fiber weave look of the gauge centers. In between, a LCD trip computer display off the steering wheel’s left-spoke with stereo, navigation, and car function displays. That flat-bottomed steering wheel power tilt and telescoping with ergonomic grip at 10 and 2. Stereo, voice command and controls are on the right. Top dash is a 7-inch color screen for the navigation, audio and other handled by the familiar aluminum console twist-and-tap control with “Back” and “Clear” The COMAND system is still a and intuitive driver interface, between functions on the big screen easy to do while in motion via the The voice command system offers control of navigation, and address book, radio, or MP3 audio, with on-screen showing possible next to guide you. And when it to verbally inputting a destination, one wheel button tap was all it needed, you just talk your way You can also talk your way the decent 8-speaker harmon-kardon Satellite/traffic/weather-six disc CD changer system with Dolby sound and center console-mounted MP3 and connector. The 10-gigabyte music hard drive allows you to and display album art, and a SD card slot that had one friend intrigued. Only – the center dashtop speaker when we cranked the volume to levels – bummer. The high-back seats had 8-way power power lumbar and triple presets, plus three-level They were very form fitting and comfortable on trips. Interior storage is limited to two door map pockets, two cup a decent glove box, a pocket

on the passenger transmission tunnel for the aid kit, and a slim center area under the arm rest. no space behind the seats. Now talk about the unique hardtop. Top up and it’s a weather-tight coupe. Open the padded knob’s palm rest and the top control (with separate button) sees the two-panel top together and hide under the trunk lid in less than 20 Our top had the optional Panorama roof, a polycarbonate top panel that let the in and maybe a tad more sound as as rain drop pitter-patter. I it would let in the summer sun and roast the but it didn’t. Mercedes does an optional variable tint so you can dial in your own eclipse.

We did have the interesting optional system that situates vents just below the restraints. One early morning with the top down showed how waft warm air on your to allow cooler weather cruising. We also had the AIRGUIDE deflectors that pivot off the bars behind the driver and The clear panels are supposed to act as deflectors at speed and reduce buffeting, and did help as well as easy to see through. But I think the fabric air deflector that between the roll bars work better. The trunk offset hinges that intrude into storage and the usual divider that off the space the power top takes up. Top up, we lots of groceries and a folded in the squared-off shape behind the gas – top down, the space is boxy and You can also drop the top remotely the smart key, and raise it, that got some approving But you have to be close to the car. standards were very rain-sensing wipers, auto side mirrors with power fold, alloy pedals, built-in garage opener on the rearview mirror its compass, and discrete LED accent – red light strips on the center sides and door armrests really added to the ambience at and soft LED lights to illuminate the console. Front and rear sensors get cockpit light front and rear that go amber to red the closer you get to stuff. The wheel was a bit hot after being in the summer sun. Other options include main that turn into a with cornering lights ATTENTION ASSIST. The system steering movement and senses the steering corrections drivers when they get drowsy and a coffee cup warning message in the cluster, plus a Time for a alert. All in all a very comfortable and place to drive in, top up or down.

Benz bang – The new SLK has two engine – a turbocharged 1.8-liter four 201 hp, or our cracking new direct-injection 3.5-liter V-6 302 hp (2 over 2011) and 273 lb.-ft. to a more fuel-efficient 7-speed transmission with paddle and shift settings. Simply our 2,700-mile-old SLK’s V-6 sounded with its twin pipe as it pulls cleanly to 60-mph in a 5.7 seconds with a touch of at launch. Set in Sport shift, the holds onto the gear and shifts cleaner, with a blip when you paddle a gear. It can make for an abrupt if you aren’t smooth with the gas pedal. It delivered an average Based on the new C-Class platform, the chassis has independent front and suspension with front springs and rear multi-link single-tube gas pressure shocks. firmly suspended, but forgiving in situations, only showing a bit of if it hits a sharp bump in Blessed with precise that weights up nicely in the SLK shows little body as you toss it into a curve. The control lets the rear work a bit – we even got a bit of a power that the chassis and a flick of the set to rights. This SLK really to carve a curve more its predecessor, almost nothing it mid-turn that it and you can’t get out of. And those 13.5-inch front/11.8-inch disc brakes, it stops well. There was a precise and no fade at all no matter how many we panic stopped, and no dive, impressed an engineer friend. For the BMW Z4 with a 300-hp inline 6 60-mph in less than 5 and dances just a tad tighter; the is also under 5 seconds and its lets it handle and tackles easily. A 332-hp Nisan is a tad over 5 seconds to 60-mph and just as well, while the 170-hp in-line four is 170, for a 60-mph time of 7.6 but it’s a hoot to drive for the and a power hardtop is available The more masculine SLK is safe to front, side, knee and air bags. Only one note – we hear a light creak the power top pieces on hot days on rough roads.

Benz bucks – The base SLK350 costs $54,800, a standard metal convertible leather interior with sun coating, power seats memory, cruise control, V-6 and side and rearview mirrors remote key. The options on our test car was long. The Bengal was $630; a $2,590 premium with iPod MP3 interface, heated seats, remote operation, harmon-kardon stereo and Satellite Radio; $1,070 headlights with active and headlight cleaning; $2,150 package with COMAND hard drive navigation, high-rez screen, enhanced control, 10GB Music 6-disc CD/DVD Changer, SD car and SIRIUS Traffic and weather; tinted roof; $350 $2,500 sports package body kit, 18-inch AMG and red interior ambient lighting; dual zone climate for $760; and parking sensors for With destination fee, it was As far as the competition, a BMW Z4 sDrive35i starts at an Audi TTS at $50,000, a Mazda MX5 convertible at $27,000 and a Nissan at $35,000.

Bottom line – More in its shape and more power that SLS-like nose for a sleek SLK that flies With a heady leather and an intoxicating engine snarl, Benz is SLicK.

2012 SLK350

Vehicle type Two-seat rear-wheel-drive hardtop sports car

Base price $54,800 ($67,195 as tested)

type — DOHC, alloy V-6

Displacement — 3.5

Horsepower (net) — 302 @ rpm

Torque (lb-ft) — 273 @ — 5,250 rpm

Transmission 7-speed manual w/paddle and shift

Wheelbase – 95.67

Overall length – 162.76

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