2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class – Kelley Blue Book

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Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

The original Mercedes-Benz SLK was a big hit, largely on the basis of its retractable hardtop roof, something the auto industry hadn’t seen since the Ford Skyliner of the 1950s. Each successive version of the SLK has been given a more serious edge, and this time around a new V6 engine and muscular styling make the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK the most aggressive SLK ever. At the same time, the SLK seems less of a pure sports car than the Porsche Boxster. but many SLK buyers will simply say, Who cares?

If you play basketball or first base for a living, or if you’ve done time as a shopaholic (you need to carry a lot of stuff in your car), then why are you even considering a 2-seat convertible whose hardtop folds into the trunkspace?

The Mercedes-Benz SLK350 is all-new and much improved for the 2012 model year. In February, 2012, Mercedes will be adding the turbocharged 4-cylinder SLK250 at the bottom of the lineup, and the SLK55 AMG model at the top, and more performance and sophisticated style throughout.

Driving Impressions Mercedes-Benz has worked hard to build sports car credibility into the new SLK, which is the third generation of the car. Each edition of the SLK has upped the performance.

ante as Mercedes-Benz engineers try to put to rest the longstanding notion that the SLK is more a personal-luxury car than a sports car. Certainly the SLK has all the slick moves of a performance machine with outstanding acceleration, confident roadholding and taut, responsive steering. And we were impressed with the SLK’s overall handling.

Thanks to its well-tuned suspension and substantial tires on 18-inch wheels, the cornering stick and stability were impressive.

Under the Hood

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

When you’re going up against big hitters like the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4, 201 horsepower seems a little underwhelming. So the 2012 SLK250 has got its work cut out for it whether you stick with the 6-speed manual transmission or opt up to the 7-speed automatic. Powering the SLK350, on the other hand, is a new 60-degree 3.5-liter V6 featuring direct injection and multi-spark ignition.

Working together with the 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, the V6 generates 302 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s enough to rocket the SLK from zero to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds. New from AMG, the SLK55’s V8 features both fuel-economy measures like cylinder shutoff and scary-big power including 398 lb-ft of axis-bending torque.

EPA city/highway fuel economy (estimated): 23/31

3.5-liter V6

302 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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