THE MERCEDES-BENZ SLK ROADSTER
The Mercedes-Benz SLK has become synonymous with dynamic design, exciting performance, technical perfection, and thanks to the innovative vario roof, everyday practicality.
In spring 2000, the range received a wide-ranging package of improvements and was expanded to a three car line-up.
The entry level model is now the SLK 200 Kompressor model. Its punchy 161 bhp supercharged four cylinder engine delivers acceleration from 0–62 mph in 8.2 seconds, a top speed of 138 mph and yet fuel consumption is just 29.4 mpg in the Combined cycle.
The SLK 230 Kompressor continues with a 2.3 litre four cylinder supercharged engine, but fine-tuning has increased power to 194 bhp, offering acceleration from 0-62 mph in 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 148 mph.
The SLK 320 features the advanced three-valves per cylinder V6 already used in other Mercedes-Benz models and one of the most outstanding power units in its class.
Its 215 bhp allows the car to sprint from 0-62 mph in seven seconds, and on to a top speed of 150 mph. With 229 lb ft of torque from 3,000 rpm, it delivers effortless performance, excellent overtaking power, remarkable economy and very low emissions.
Already EU-4 compliant
All three engines meet the strict EU-4 exhaust limits which are not set to be introduced across Europe until 2005. This includes the provision of an on-board diagnostic
system which constantly monitors the engine and exhaust systems and informs the driver of a fault by means of a display in the instrument cluster.
6-speed manual transmission
All SLKs come equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Short-throw changes requiring minimum shift effort complement the car’s outstanding agility. A 5-speed automatic gearbox with one touch tip change is optional on all models.
ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), the sophisticated active driving safety system is standard on all models for the first time, as is Speedtronic, the cruise control system with speed limiter. In critical situations, ESP helps to retain the car’s directional stability and reduces the chances of skidding.
The SLK has more sporty handling, thanks to new rear and larger front anti-roll bars, revised shock absorber settings, reduced spring travel and a lowered body.
Standard wheels on the SLK 200 Kompressor are 15 inch gloss-finish light alloys. Burnished 16 inch wheels are fitted to both the SLK 230 Kompressor (6-spoke design) and the SLK 320 (5-spoke design). 17 inch wheels in either 7-spoke or AMG-design are optional.
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