Mercedes-Benz SLK is a 2-seat roadster-coupe with the folding roof.
For the first time the SLK model was presented in April, 1996 in Torino. It is based on R170 type platform. It is popular due to both its appearance and the unique mechanism of the folding roof. As compared with the competitors, this car was full-metal. The only drawback of such construction is the small trunk compartment in the open position.
This car has got 35 international awards.
The family of 1996-year included 2 models: SLK200 and SLK230 Kompressor.
The basic model had a 2 L 4-cylinder engine with the capacity of 136 hp and the SLK230 Kompressor was equipped with 2.3 L 4-cylinder engine, which can reach 193 hp.
The high smoothness of driving, high level of passive security, reach variety of serial equipment and quiet moderate price have made the car very popular.
The second generation of the roadster (R171) has debuted in 2004 on Geneva Motor Show. It has become the trendsetter in the class of the cars with rigid roof.
As compared with the predecessor, new SLK became bigger: more spacious steering well and trunk.
The renewed Mercedes-Benz SLK has a variety of electronic systems that are used to make life easy for the driver and to make the trip more comfortable. Among them are Active Body Control, Airmatic, Sensotronic and Distronic.
The trimming of the polished metal dominate in the renewed interior. The car is also equipped with the unique for the open car option – the Airscarf system.
The SLK is offered with 3 engines.
The basic version SLK200 Kompressor is equipped with famous 4-cylinder engine with the capacity of 163 hp together with manual charger and with 6-speed manual transmission. Optionally, it may be equipped with 5-speed automate.
The sales of the restyling version began in 2008.
Mercedes-Benz presented the third generation of the model in 2011 on the International Auto Show in Detroit. It became more aerodynamic.
The SLK model has got the long hood, compact rear seats and short rear end. The interior preserved the typical sport design.
The range of the engines consists of the 1.8 L 4-cylinder 184 hp
SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY, 6.2 L 204 hp SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY and 3.5L 306 hp SLK 350 BlueEFFICIENCY V6 with the direct injection and the turbocharging.