The new Mercedes-Benz SLK range comes with a raft of cosmetic changes, as well as new and revised engines.
New Mercedes-Benz SLK AMG Sport-lineThe model receives an all-around upgrade, including a muscular front apron, prominent side skirts and a new rear apron along with a high-class interior and new generation 4 and 6-cylinder engines with direct injection.
The new Mercedes-Benz SLK is available with three petrol engines with a considerably lower fuel consumption combined with a comparable or higher output than those in the preceding series.
The SLK 250 BlueEfficiency has the same 1796cc displacement as the entry-level SLK 200 BlueEfficiency, and is tuned for 150kW, compared to the 135kW of its lower-numbered sibling. It comes with the enhanced, optional seven-speed automatic transmission 7G-Tronic Plus which consumes a claimed 7.0-litres/100 km with CO2 emissions of 164 g/km. The model accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds (7.0 on auto) and achieves a top speed of 237 km/h (240 km/h with six-speed manual transmission).
The SLK 250 BlueEfficiency is equipped with an automatic transmission as standard and from standstill it reaches 100km/h in 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 243km/h, at an average of 7.3-litres/100km and 169g/km of CO2.
The 3498cc V6 engine in the SLK 350 BlueEfficiency has been completely newly developed and takes just 5.6 seconds to sprint from 0-100km/h and onwards to reach an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h with an overall consumption of 8.3-litres/100km and 195 g/km of CO2 emissions.
Exterior and Interior Design Features
The new Mercedes-Benz SLK gets a more aggressive look with a deeper front apron, lowered suspension with a stiffer, sportier spring and damper setup, and 18-inch 5-twin spoke high-sheen light alloy wheels. The roadster’s braking system with perforated larger brake discs and callipers bearing ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering ensures outstanding deceleration. Headlamps with dark surrounds and dark-tinted tail lights provide further visual distinctions.
The high-class interior is fitted with a sporty instrument cluster in ‘chequered flag’ design, black velour floor-mats with red piping and an AMG logo. The seats feature specific vertical fluting and colour-coded top stitching with optional all contrast stitching, red seat-belts and a perforated leather steering wheel.
Other optional modifications include ambient lighting with colour tone ‘Solar red’, illuminated door sill panels, 7-inch colour display and central controller, Dynamic Handling package with adaptive damping, Torque Vectoring Brake and Direct-Steer system on the SLK 350 BlueEfficiency only, Parktronic with Parking Guidance, tinted panoramic vario-roof with Magic Sky Control (switchable transparency), Airguide draught-stop, AMG Carbon fibre trim, and a Harmon Kardon surround sound system.
New Mercedes-Benz SLK AMG Sport-line – Price
|Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 BlueEfficiency||R579 238|
|Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 BlueEfficiency||R635 811|
|Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 BlueEfficiency||R763 673|