Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Review

By Arpita   |  October 29, 2013

Overview

After a great saga with a successful career spanning almost seventeen years, the SLK has been revamped and redesigned and is back. The SLK was introduced in 1996 as an answer to the BMW Z3 and Porsche Boxster in the premium small roadster segment. The SLK's most unique feature is its retractable hardtop roof, which offers more security and a quieter ride than its competitors' soft tops. The electro hydraulically operated magnesium/plastic roof either opens or closes in 20 seconds with the touch of a button converting the Mercedes SLK from a closed Coupe to a cool Convertible.

Improvements over the years kept the car competitive. In every bit the 2012 SLK is as eye-catching as the original racecar. The SLK-Class has large wheels and an enhanced vario-roof. Powerful engine, improved performance, and a host of other optional equipment are a part of the SLK package. The SLK model offers a single variant - the SLK 350.


Powertrain & Performance

The SLK 350 variant comes with a 3.5L V6 petrol engine that generates 305 bhp. The SLK 350 can cover 0-100 km/h in an amazing 5.5 seconds. A revolutionary 7-Speed Automatic Transmission (7G-Tronic) comes standard in the SLK 350. These precisely matched transmissions allow the SLK-Class to offer you with optimum power transfer.

The more direct rack-and-pinion steering is very well weighted and accurate, and the car is perfectly stable at highway speeds. The McPherson three-link front suspension with anti-dive control and the Multi-link rear suspension are tuned to give you an ultimate sporty drive.


Build & Styling

The SLK 350 variant comes with a 3.5L V6 petrol engine that generates 305 bhp. The SLK 350 can cover 0-100 km/h in an amazing 5.5 seconds. A revolutionary 7-Speed Automatic Transmission (7G-Tronic) comes standard in the SLK 350. These precisely matched transmissions allow the SLK-Class to offer you with optimum power transfer.

The more direct rack-and-pinion steering is very well weighted and accurate, and the car is perfectly stable at highway speeds. The McPherson three-link front suspension with anti-dive control and the Multi-link rear suspension are tuned to give you an ultimate sporty drive.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Exceptional Exterior Design and Style
    • Seamless Transmission
    • Responsive Handling
  • Cons

    • Some Safety Features are Available as an Option