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Mercedes SLK 280

29 May, 2009 Comments

Roadster set the template for the hard-top two-seater

The Mercedes SLK the folding hard-top revolution. it arrived in 1997, the two-seater the traditional roadster market on its as it served up a compelling mix of wind-in-the-hair and cosseting coupé refinement.

the evolutionary second-generation car arrived in it was clear that Mercedes want to mess with a formula. A subtle mid-life last year concentrated on the adding more powerful and tweaked suspension.

Externally, the SLK has classic roadster with a long, elegant and short tail. Design include the large wraparound bold grille dominated by the familiar three-pointed star and the profile. Visually, the only is the standard 16-inch alloy of our test car.

Their dimensions make the Mercedes plain next to the BMW and Porsche.

It’s a similar story you climb aboard. While nothing wrong with the layout or the space available, of the materials look and feel a cheap. The three-spoke steering is also a letdown, as it’s far too for a sporty model.

The low-slung position is very comfortable, and refinement with the metal in place is excellent.

Hit a button on the tunnel, and the hood folds out of sight in only 21 seconds – it also reduces luggage from 300 litres to a still 208 litres in the process. With the top occupants are able to fully the 3.0-litre V6 powerplant’s growling note. At the test track, the 227bhp SLK failed to live up to the of the soundtrack.

Despite having the largest here, the Mercedes was matched in all of our tests by the less powerful

Even more disappointing the SLK’s brakes. Not only the pedal have a long but the Mercedes needed 49.9 to come to a standstill from

The Porsche stopped in only metres!

Get out on the road, and it’s apparent that the SLK can’t the sharp driving dynamics of its A softer suspension set-up it quickly loses composure bumpy back roads, the steering lacks precision and Matters are made worse by the action of

Mercedes SLK 280

the standard six-speed manual

However, the SLK’s more back nature and comfortable mean it’s a great cruiser, and it can easily match the offered by the new BMW Z4.

At £32,290, the Mercedes the most expensive car here – honour goes to the Boxster – but it £3,500 more than the fast and well equipped The SLK is the original folding hard-top yet on this evidence, it’s to struggle to hold on to its claim to be the


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