MercedesBenz SLK 350 Comfort and joy The Globe and Mail

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hard to imagine an owner of the third-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 sports car in track day antics, reefing elegant roadster around tire-shedding curves or slashing fast ones poised on the molecular level marbles of traction.

What SLK owners be more inclined to do is use it like a Tardis, the Time And Relative In Space device employed by Dr. Who he wants to get away to someplace for a little time-out from the grind.

And the SLK has some decided in this role as weekend-time to other-dimension destinations. Unlike the which dematerializes on route and rematerializes at its destination, the SLK is always a real and enjoyable part of the process.

Legging it out of town and along the you and your passenger sit snugly in seats in a quiet – just a of throttle-on motor noise – and now roomier and more luxurious while being entertained by surround sound.

As with new Mercedes models, an obvious has been made to make the more visually attractive. have a precision look and bezels, the info/navi screen is and easy to see, and the console in aluminum (dark burl and gloss black ash are available).

on to Ontario two-lane highways if it’s a sunny day, you can over and at the press of a button its top in the trunk. You can also do this the key fob while standing casually the car, which is cool. the top stowed, this leaves enough room (181 of the 286 of space in there) for a weekend’s of luggage.

You might then enjoy a as I did, along the Lake and St. Lawrence River shoreline, Kingston and on to the Thousand Islands of Gananoque and a BB break.

The test car equipped with one, but you can a version of its panoramic glass that has a sort of sci-fi called Magic Sky Control at the press of a button, changes its from light to dark base car roof is painted

On secondary roads, you become of actually driving the SLK. The 302 hp and 278 of torque generated by its new 3.5-litre V-6 is to the rear wheels via a seven-speed A manual gearbox is no longer

If you need some real to pass, select sport which quickens transmission and all you need is right there a quick pump on the throttle Zero to 100 km/h takes 5.6 seconds and letting it rev to the 6,400-rpm produces a sharply rising but civilized V-6 howl.

The multi-function, flat-bottomed and substantial feeling wheel – like a craftsman’s not a flimsy video-game controller – input directly to front and tires which translate it immediate and fluid changes of

At legal speeds, the SLK corners dead flat and, ride motion livens up the often less than pavement on secondary highways, the comfort level changes

Attention to airflow and wind-deflecting to mitigate it mean there’s in the way of disturbing wind blowing the cockpit and sound levels are low cruising at scenery-watching speeds.

A bonus – that helped costs on our weekend getaway – was after 170 km of this type of the fuel usage readout was 7.2 litres/100 km. Official fuel ratings are 10.3 city and 6.9 a big improvement over the previous 11.1 city/7.9 highway.

Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base

The getting-into-an-SLK-price is $66,500 and a premium – vario-roof, Parktronic, Airguide deflectors), Airscarf (which air around your ears), a some additional trim and the audio system – added to that on the test car.

If a tad rich for your budget, you can until early next when the SLK 250, powered by a 1.8-litre four making 201 lb-ft of torque will hit priced quite a bit less. On the hand, if you feel the need to more, you can wait for the AMG version.

Tech specs


2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350

Type: sports car

Base Price: as tested, $69,900

Engine: DOHC, V-6

Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base

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