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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, thick-rimmed, flat-bottomed and feeling steering wheel – a craftsman’s tool not a flimsy controller – transmits input to front wheels and tires translate it into immediate and changes of direction.

At legal the SLK corners virtually … and, while ride livens up over the often than smooth pavement on highways, the actual comfort changes little.

Attention to and wind-deflecting devices to mitigate it there’s little in the way of disturbing blowing around the cockpit and levels are low while cruising at speeds.

A nice bonus – helped contain costs on our getaway – was that after 170 km of type of driving the fuel readout was indicating 7.2 litres/100 km. fuel economy ratings are city and 6.9 highway, a big improvement the previous model’s 11.1 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.

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Tech specs


Mercedes-Benz SLK 350

Type: Luxury car

Base Price: $66,500; as $69,900

Engine: 3.5-litre, 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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