The new roadster uncompromisingly takes driving pleasure and open-air enjoyment to a new level. If sportiness unrivalled and the wind in your hair sound appealing, read on…
It is indeed remarkable how much of dazzling features are crammed into this masterpiece. The “panoramic-vario roof” accompanied by Magic Sky Control is a unique feature that can switch from light to dark. Exemplary efficiency are courtesy of the powerful new 4- and 6-cylinder engines. With their superb levels of performance, they are up to 23% more economical than their predecessors.
“The new SLK embodies the role of the trend-setter, and with its passionate design and high-quality interior, this roadster provides all-round driving dynamics,” says Eckart Mayer, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz South Africa.
While the new roadster is impressive from the get-go it is still economical and thus the most environmentally friendly in its class, also setting new safety standards.
Designers have developed interior appointments which offer the driver and passenger a real feel-good ambience. The interior is characterised by sporty refinement, well-thought-out ergonomics and high-quality, authentic materials. The SLK’s dial instruments are flanked by a display for the information generated by the online computer. Other high-quality items of equipment include a multifunction sports steering wheel with a flattened lower section and a thick leather rim, plus optional sun-reflecting leather. The innovative neck-level heating system (Airscarf) familiar from the preceding model is a standard feature.
There will initially be two models of the SLK available at the local market launch, all of them powered by new engines with direct injection.
The 4-cylinder engines (SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY) develops 135 kW respectively from a displacement of 1 796 cubic centimetres. With the enhanced, optional 7-speed automatic transmission 7G-Tronic Plus, it consumes just 6.5 litres of premium petrol over 100 kilometres, corresponding to 151g of CO2 per kilometre. This dream sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 7 seconds, and achieves a top speed of 237 km/h (240 km/h with manual transmission).
The V6 engine in the SLK 350 BlueEFFICIENCY generates 225kW from its 3 498 cubic-centimetre displacement, using this power to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds (top speed 250 km/h). Its consumption is 7.1 litres (NEDC, combined) per 100 kilometres (167 g/km of CO2 per kilometre). The V6 engine has been completely newly developed. Its most important hallmarks are third generation direct injection, piezo injectors and multi-spark ignition. The PRE-SAFE Brake feature can apply the brakes autonomously in the event of an impending rear-end collisions. There are other optional assistance systems available on request.
Once in a while, you encounter a car the renders you flabbergasted by its sheer brilliance. The new SLK is that car…
SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY: R555 700
SLK 350 BlueEFFICIENCY: R734 100