2009 Mercedes SLK280, SLK350, and SLK55 AMG – Auto Shows – Car and Driver

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Mercedes SLK 280

2009 Mercedes SLK280, and SLK55 AMG

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Debuting in Detroit is Mercedes’ SLK-class. Don’t get too worked up; is merely a midcycle refresh might only be recognized by worshippers and SLK owners.

The exterior are exceedingly minor and primarily to the plastic front and rear The biggest change is up front. The has been redesigned to look like the McLaren Formula 1 car.

A cleft air dam mimics the front of the F1 car, with new headlights out the changes.

On your way to the rear of the you might notice the new, external mirrors (we told you was minor stuff). In back, the bumper is more sculpted and a mock diffuser with exhaust tips.

Inside the two-seater are new gauge and a new three-spoke steering wheel, and the of textures and colors in the dashboard been streamlined.

An updated system with voice-command rounds out the changes.

Fortunately, the SLK receives a more serious update. Under the hood of the is a more powerful version of the 3.5-liter V-6. Even the engine doesn’t get direct it’s compression ratio to 12.2:1, the redline rises to rpm, and horsepower jumps 268 to 300.

Mercedes even claims the engine improves fuel by 10 percent. The last SLK350 we ran from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds. The additional 32 should knock a few 10ths off time.

Mercedes SLK 280

Both the SLK280 and SLK55 AMG over with their engines, a 228-hp 3.0-liter V-6 and a 5.4-liter V-8, respectively.

the only model available a six-speed manual is the least SLK280, while the SLK350’s option is gone for 2009. excellent seven-speed automatic is on the SLK280 and standard on the other two

Mercedes also claims improved the SLK’s steering an updated version of the variable-ratio found in the previous version. The spread is achieved by unequal of the teeth on the steering rack as to BMW’s active-steering system, uses a sophisticated actuator

In Europe, a 311-hp version of the new V-6 be available in the not-coming-to-America SL350. The version of the V-6 will eventually its way under the hoods of the E350. C350.

R350. and ML350 in the next of years.

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