Mercedes SLK350 finally cleans up its act Chicago Tribune

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Mercedes SLK350 finally up its act

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I don’t particularly poetic when I a car.

Certainly I wasn’t this from the redesigned Mercedes-Benz SLK350. Blame it on my test drive of a 1998 when a headlight fell off the car at speed. That only to my dislike of the car’s stubby, shape, which was festooned retro styling cues. worse, the SLK was an adequate roadster, but a sports car.

When for 2005, the second-generation SLK was a marked despite its soft lines and odd proboscis upfront. But its personality made it unsafe to drive if you born with a y-chromosome.

So I was genuinely surprised by this model, which is the first SLK recommending.

You might think merely the styling and, to eyes, this is the first SLK downright fetching, channeling the styling cues of the first SLs and marrying them to modern design aesthetics. The grille as if it came from the new SLS AMG Gullwing, the side sculpting recalls the new and C-Class lines. The back seems a bit stubby.

But overall, car has a lot more testosterone in its genetics. You can once you’ve strapped inside and twist the ignition

That’s when one of three spring to life. The entry-level has a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder that generates 201 horsepower. is the SLK350 and its 3.5-liter double-overhead-cam V6 produces 302 hp. Finally, for the power there’s the SLK55 AMG, a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 engine for 415 hp.

I opted for the middle child, the because it seemed the best of power, fuel economy and

With that decided, the question was where do you drive a roadster that’s bred for the autobahn at triple digit After all, we chafe the tyranny of the double nickel limit and money-grubbing, small-town waiting to empty your

The answer: take it to your country road. You know the the one with two lanes of endless ribbon that ends at the and is divided by a dotted yellow and a crystal blue sky as large as driving passion. Or one with and turns that glimmer in the like a desert mirage, its song tempting you to indulge right foot.

Who could resist?

The country played softly like a lullaby as the blacktop unfurled me.

But listening to music is beside the despite the SLK’s excellent Kardon audio system. the intoxicating snarl of the SLK’s mated to the seven-speed transmission, provides a mechanical melody.

And a sweet song this plays. The gearing is perfect, mountains of torque that you to bring the tail around, howling, just before the nannies kill the fun.


The ride is firm, the steering weighted although somewhat in feel. It almost feels you’re strapping on an engine, than driving a car.

The is a cozy place for two people. it an alfresco experience takes the roof lever down for than 20 seconds. Once over with, you’ll that the wind rustles hair just enough to people wonder what been doing. My advice? them a mischievous smile.

If it’s raining, you can still see the thanks to the Panorama roof, a option that replaces the roof with a glass If you choose it, consider another Magic Sky Control, which the opacity of the glass roof.

worthwhile nicety: Airscarf, places a vent at the bottom of the to blow warm air on the nape of neck. It’s part of the 1 Package that also the previously mentioned sound satellite radio, heated and other goodies. It’s a treat.

But the poetry ends you lift the trunk lid. cargo room is adequate the roof up, it’s stingier on than an airline overhead bin the roof folded. Pack

The 2012 SLK350 is a powerful machine, one that you’ll to drive, appreciate and use up. You can’t yourself.

It possesses the essential essence separates the great rides the merely satisfactory, the thrill from the no-frills appliance.

It’s that good, I never thought I’d say an SLK, especially in 1998.

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