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2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK


Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Roadsters have long captured the hearts of sports car enthusiasts. Incorporating around 650 newly developed parts, the SLK models of 2008 offer an even more emotionally charged driving experience.

Key visual enhancements include new-look front and rear sections as well as a meticulously modified interior. Furthermore, all of the engines in the line-up are now far more economical on fuel and, therefore, emit even less CO2.

Since their first appearance in 1996, the compact SLK Roadsters have come to symbolize Mercedes-Benz' dynamic brand image.

The second-generation two-seater is to be further enhanced with the implementation of a raft of measures in 2008. It displays new sporty highlights which enhance the appeal of the successful two-seater with the trendsetting vario-roof that transforms the car from a roadster into a weatherproof coupé in a matter of seconds.

The designers have given the already dynamic-looking two-seater cult model an even sportier appearance using a new-look front bumper with a modified air-dam arrangement and a more pronounced arrow shape. The rear end has a diffuser-style lower section that makes the Roadster appear more powerful when viewed from behind.

Many of the interior details have also been redesigned to include a new three-spoke sports steering wheel with multifunction buttons and a new instrument cluster with captivating dial surrounds. New "gullwing red" leather and “natural beige” nappa leather appointments will be available to complement the wood trims.

The Mercedes-Benz engineers paid special attention to the fast-running V6 sports engine that makes its debut in the new-generation SLK, totally altering the six-cylinder unit's character by making sweeping changes to the mechanical setup.

Although the displacement remains the same at 3498 cc, the engine now develops 224 kW/305 hp at 6500 rpm - some 24 kW (33 hp) more than its predecessor. The peak torque has also been boosted, by 10 Nm, and now stands at 360 Nm when the engine is running at 4900 rpm.

A newly developed direct steering system with variable steering assistance, available as an optional extra, further highlights the qualities of the sporty chassis. It combines agility and manoeuvrability when driving on twisting rural roads with steering comfort when parking and assured steering characteristics when travelling at high speed.

As trendsetters and technology leaders, the SLK-Class Roadsters have long enjoyed the image of a modern cult car. Even after the extensive modifications, the familiar outstanding qualities remain, for example, the vario-roof that transforms the roadster into a coupé in 22 seconds, not to mention the extensive standard-equipment package, including head/thorax sidebags, adaptive front airbags and two-stage belt-force limiters.

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