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Mercedes SLK 350

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Reworked and chassis transform the SLK into a Boxster S rival

With the SLK back in 1997, Mercedes’ aim was but its targeting system a little out of Spot-on styling and a clever hardtop contributed to its strong appeal and more or less its commercial success. Nearly a million first and second SLKs have been to date, a remarkable 62 per cent to

Whether the shifting automotive outside ladies hair in those early years was the SLK rapidly failed to gain a as genuine hard driver’s car is a moot point. But the shortfall of talent was hard to paper Respectably swift in a straight with any of the larger engine the SLK was hung out to dry in the curves by Porsche’s rival, the Boxster.

And, a partial script re-write for the SLK in 2004 including a stiffer, body with an F1-style faster roof, bigger and across-the-board tweaks, it has been since. The thumping female of confidence continues to be assiduously of course, but it’s no secret Mercedes has been itching for payback on the ‘pure driving front.

Mercedes SLK 350

So, for 2008, comes another of changes – new-look nose and tweaked cabin and telematics, gadget-count, 650 revised or new components in all – and a re-focusing of the range with hikes for the 200 Kompressor and, more significantly, the 350. because, now, this is the car clearly takes the fight to the in its most potent 3.4S without defaulting to the (hitherto) under-achieving, and rather costly, AMG.

In fact, so impressively has the £35,792 350 the case for spending an extra for the V8-engined 55 has never looked Power from the 350’s weedy 3498cc V6 has leapt to 301bhp (10bhp more the Boxster) and the rev limit has been to 7200rpm. Refreshingly, this the work of an afternoon with a but arises out of a higher compression lighter valves, deeper seats and new pistons.

The changes give the engine an different character – lustier low revs, far keener at the top end, to listen to – and a 0-62mph time of bang on Boxster pace and half a second adrift of the 55.

So far so But it’s not the best news. would be what Mercedes Direct-Steer – a variable-ratio steering that transforms the way the SLK changes It takes a little getting to (you tend to turn in a too soon at first) but, made, you can then … with a sense of verve and hitherto completely alien to any

Specify the sports suspension for a Merc, the decently positive manual ’box (98 per cent of are autos) and you have a package at last doesn’t need to itself from the acid provided by a challenging road. No, it have the acuity and exquisite of the Porsche, and the ESP you can never fully is frustrating if you want to celebrate the heftier kick with a tribute exiting tighter

But the combination of potent, sonorously performance and the means to deploy it precision, control and pliancy is attractive in a car that’s never for style or substance. Suddenly, unexpectedly, the SLK is a force to be reckoned

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