OFFICIALLY REVEALED: MERCEDES-BENZ SLK
It really is a kind of magic. Or so they still insist
We now know the car's going to be launched with a pair of 4-cylinder petrol engines making 184hp and 204hp respectively, and a 3.5-litre V6 offering 306hp. The SLK 350 will do 0-62mph in 5.6secs but power junkies will doubtless wait a bit longer for the V8 version. Although it's not been announced yet, we're expecting a new SLK 55 packing a normally-aspirated version of the latest AMG 5.5 unit offering in the region of 420hp. (There's also a diesel option somewhere on the horizon, a twin-turbo 2.1-litre with 204hp that presumably offers unlimited miles to the gallon.)
The most obvious changes are visual, with the new SLK boasting a thoroughly new look inside-and-out that's designed to reflect some of the characteristics of the SLS Gullwing, and also the original 1950s SL.
The inside looks pretty nice too, we reckon, and we'd take a punt on it being one of the most refined convertibles in its class. As well having Magic Sky to play with when the roof's up (assuming you haven't skimped with the standard steel vario-roof), the open-air experience will be soothed by Airscarf which blows warm air around your neck, and a new system of turbulence control called Airguide. 'It consists of pivoting transparent plastic layers which are attached to the reverse of the roll-over bars. The driver or passenger can swing them to the centre of the vehicle in a flash, thus taming turbulent air flow,' says M-B. However we can't spot it in any of the pics released today. (Maybe because they're transparent..? Ed.)
Official UK launch date for the SLK will be June, and prices and specs remain to be confirmed.
*That's not the real reason.