2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Review

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Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Review

looks, more power and a to keep your neck

By Michelle Krebs


B y estimates, the first U.S. boomer turned 50 in February Coincidentally (or maybe not), a of new roadsters was introduced, the BMW Z3, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz SLK. The midlife of the oldest boomers breathed new into the roadster, a segment had long been ….

The SLK, was welcomed to the U.S. open arms in January (after being introduced in and immediately captured awards the automotive media, including the 1998 North American Car of the presented by an independent jury of the top 50 journalists in the U.S. and Canada. which Mercedes hoped hit 6,000 a year, increased to a of nearly 13,000. Mercedes more than 66,115 SLK in its first seven years of with more than sold around the globe.

Advance the clock eight and baby boomers, whose number 78 million, are turning 50 at a of one every seven seconds, and now have a host of sports to choose from, including the 350Z, Audi TT, Honda and Cadillac XLR to name only a And the earliest entries are now appearing in form.

The Mercedes SLK is among those their second generation. its extreme makeover for the 2005 year, the SLK seeks more men midlife crises, with its more macho appearance, horsepower and technical innovations. The proved too popular with making it less desirable for Mercedes marketers say.


Two versions of the SLK are available for the model year, the SLK350 and the powerful, more macho AMG.

The SLK350, which the SLK320, comes with a new V6 rated at 268 horsepower. A six-speed gearbox is standard, while a new automatic is optional. The SLK comes with leather upholstery, a sound system with an CD player, an antitheft alarm and the Aid telematics system that emergency response service or connection to the nearest Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Options include bi-xenon that turn with the of the car for better illumination around and a headlamp cleaning system; a steering wheel; a CD changer in the box; a DVD navigation system in the radio; adjustable seats memory function; rain-sensing a parking assist system; and a warning system.

A premium package includes climate control, rain-sensing and automatic dimming mirrors, power steering and the infrared opener and garage door A heating package includes seats and headrests (see An AMG sports package and a lowered suspension are available for the SLK350.

In the days of the fall 2004 of the 2005 SLK, Mercedes offer the SLK350 Launch of which only 1,000 be sold; Mercedes intends to about 10,000 SLKs in the a year. The special edition premium Nappa leather, trim and a special equipment

The SLK55 AMG (on sale in November is equipped with a 5.5-liter V8 rated at 362 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of paired with the new AMG Speedshift transmission. It#39;s easily by AMG styling cues, 18-inch AMG an AMG sport steering wheel gearshift buttons, and comes an AMG suspension, exhaust and brakes.

SLK models are equipped with six adaptive front bags deploy with a force on the severity of the crash, side-impact that protect the head and as well as knee airbags. seatbelt force limiters, tighten based on the severity of the are also part of the safety we recommend always wearing as they are your first of defense in a crash.

Active-safety features include brakes (ABS), which the driver to maintain steering in an emergency braking situation; assist, which automatically full braking force the driver mistakenly relax on the brake pedal in an emergency situation; and Electronic Stability which helps the driver control in corners by keeping the or rear tires from

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