The Coupe effectively replaces the old CLK, filling the gap in the market as the E-class has grown with each incarnation. It's pitched squarely at three series coupe buyers, so BMW - and Audi for that matter - must be worried that Mercedes is finally fielding some genuine competition in this executive heartland.
Five engines are initially available: two turbo diesels up to 204bhp (C250CDI) and three petrols - a pair of 1.8 turbo engines and the 306bhp V6.
But the SLK still has some priorities away from what we might consider a sports car's core values: consider the new stand-out feature, the 'Magic Sky' roof system that turns the optional panoramic glass roof from dark to light at the touch of a button...
And what of those AMG variants? Expect them to use a new 5.5-litre V8, essentially the new bi turbo motor from the S63 and CLS 63 minus the turbos.