Mercedes SLK 350: Sportscar without peals of laughter –

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Mercedes SLK 350

: Sportscar without of laughter

The Merc that can be a sportscar without inviting of laughter

Mercs are nothing if not In all their cars, everything has styled more or less to all and offend none. Fed up of being as cars for old people, Mercedes is now on a offensive.

The Formula 1 team. Schumacher. The rip-snorting SLS AMG. more AMG-ing of the range. The face to the new C-Class. And the growing up of the

What really sets the is the startlingly angry exhaust that greets you when you it up. All that noise is courtesy the new Gone is the (cool-sounding) Kompressor four-cylinder supercharged engine along with the lazy auto, made the SLK200 show than go.

Enter a new V6 — the first Mercedes V6 in India to get direct injection — and that for a very healthy 306PS of and 370 Nm of torque.

Launching with the SLK 350 (the SLK 200 will come in eventually) has of been necessitated by BMW and Audi in beefy six-cylinder engines in the Z4 and TT, though this has resulted in Rs. 13 hike in price.

Performance The earlier SLK200 managed kmph in 7.9 seconds. With going up by 121PS, acceleration drop to 6.71 seconds for the 100 sprint, which makes it quicker than the Z4 (though the TT is to 100 kmph). What everyday will highlight is the impressive and bottom end grunt of the engine demands a gentle prod on the to serve up strong overtaking

Performance is now abundant and effortless and you can the SLK a proper sports car without to endure peals of laughter.

But this is a Merc and they forgotten how to make Mercs.

Mercedes SLK 350

So, it is aurally delightful when you back two gears, things down impressively when you it up two gears. The engine goes the exhaust note becomes

It is a sports car, no doubt, but has of the compromises — visibility, for instance, is you sit almost as high as a C-Class, so in traffic doesn’t get intimidating, the is light at parking speeds, is excellent and the ground clearance is so that you can take all kinds of without ever worrying the belly scrapping.

This, again, is very the other cars in this

And of course there’s that the SLK’s main attraction. The SLK pioneered the retractable hardtop in segment and though this has been around for over a taking the top down never to draw the oohs and aahs. In 20 seconds, the SLK transforms from a attractive coupe to an even attractive convertible and the way the whole works is still utterly to watch.

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