2012 Mercedes SLK 350 | Luxury convertible review | driver-seat

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Mercedes SLK 350

Rightly or wrongly, Mercedes roadster, the SLK, has become of a chick#39;s car. Maybe because of its comparatively small and manageable proportions who can say? determines what is or isn#39;t a car makes no sense anyway, as of the nicest packages in the industry been tagged with label, think of the Mazda VW Beetle Convertible, and, recently, the new Fiat 500.

car – schmick car.

Mercedes stylists have of beefed up the appearance of the new, generation, 2012 SLK, as as giving it a bit more performance. is now delivered via a new M-276 3.5 litre V6 that develops 302 horsepower and is to a seven-speed G-Tronic automatic with shift paddles. is up slightly from the previous and the new engine appears to have the on its predecessor in terms of fuel emissions, and performance.

It will take the new SLK 350 from 0 to 100 in under six seconds, with a 210 top speed, and 8.8 L/100 km combined fuel economy.

Stylistically, is describing the new roadster as being muscular than before, a close visual link to the gullwing SLS, and, to a extent, the CLS. It does more butch than it to, with a new front end treatment, side air vents, and slicker This is a nice looking

It#39;s also a convertible, a fold-away solid roof disappears into the trunk in 20 seconds. You can still carry back there – a couple of soft bags and a case but the SLK 350 is not primarily designed to gear. This is an open-air, sports car, with the on fun, not practicality. The top is controlled via a lever and is six kilograms lighter it used to be.

One interesting little detail should you choose, you can order the Sky option, which is essentially a solar panel that can from a darker to a lighter or vice-versa. It#39;s part of an package that also a navi system, upscale upholstery and various other and ends. It#39;s a nice and helps to cool things in the cockpit.

You feel like driving with the top down, when it isn#39;t, commented product manager, David at the Canadian launch, in Calgary.

is offering an impressive variety of and interior combinations with the new from Mocha Brown, to Red, to all-black and on and on, with wood trim or brushed Mercedes tends to spend a lot of on the interior ambience of its models, and the new SLK 350 makes you feel like riding in an upscale automobile.

Despite its modest dimensions, seems to be plenty of elbow and the ergonomics are sensible and easy to The steering wheel-mounted paddle in particular, are very usable and add to the driving experience of this

Can#39;t say the same about the combinations, however. For some Mercedes has decided to offer a Grey matte finish which, well, looks of tacky. Cars that this much should and glow, and the matte paint job somehow unfinished.as if the car is waiting for coat of real paint.

But here#39;s the thing: it costs an ten grand and can#39;t be polished. Mercedes should have a page out of Harley-Davidsons note-book it introduced matte finish on of its bikes years ago, and have stayed away in

For its $66,500 base price, the new SLK 350 with the usual roster of and convenience features. Power seats, climate control, mirrors, and all the usual stuff are issue, but you can also get little such as a parking guidance a suspension system that and automatically adjusts itself, and a feature known as Airguide.

consists of small clear panels that are mounted the roll-bars and can be adjusted to control the of wind. Note to Mercedes if you want the SLK 350 to appeal to red-blooded this is the kind of thing you to keep to yourself. If you don#39;t wind turbulence, don#39;t buy a in the first place, don#39;t you

And we mustn#39;t forget one other feature: Attention Assist. elsewhere in Mercedes line-up, is a system that well, let explain it. ATTENTION ASSIST the driver#39;s behaviour and, at the of every trip, produces an driver profile that is continuously compared with sensor data.

This form of monitoring is important for the floating transition from to drowsiness and for warning the driver in of time. The system is active at of between 80 and 180 km/h. During launch, the Attention Assist did itself fairly regularly, but it to be totally random, when the ahead was completely clear and was absolutely no need for a warning of any


The 2012 SLK 350 is available at now, and later on in the year, be seeing a 250 version, as well as a variant from AMG.


Mercedes SLK 350

Type: Two-seater sports car

Price: $66,500

Engine: 3.5 V6

Horsepower: 302 @ 6500 rpm

Torque: 273 @ rpm

Transmission: Seven-speed automatic

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