2000 Mercedes Benz Slk320
At beginning of the Nineties, aft the creation of their roadster grand-tourer R129 SL and the Mazda MX-5, Daimler-Benz range to make a new press runabout, slotted under the SL. By previous 1991 nether Bruno Sacco, the offset designing sketches were raddled and dozen 1:5 descale models existence reinforced in the offset one-half of 1992. By the midriff of the class, fivesome of them were proposed again in all-out. In other 1993, the net designing was selected and sanctioned by the add-in, with the German pattern evident beingness filed on September 30, 1993. On April 22, 1996, the new yield SLK-Class, based on the R170 program was introduced at the Turin Motive Prove. SLK 230 Kompressor establish framework became a challenger to the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z3. It was powered by a 193 hp 2.3 L charged straight-4 locomotive and a prime of reflexive transmitting or 5-speed manual contagion. The SLK was a forward-looking personification of the Fifties Mercedes-Benz 190SL by reverting to quartet cylinders and a 94-inch (2,400 mm) wheelbase. World-wide sales hit 55,000, concluded reduplicate the intact nine-year product of 190SLs, and betwixt 1996 and 2004, concluded 311,000 SLKs were sold. The rattling offset U.S.-market R170 Mercedes SLK was realised on November 1, 1996 and went on sale in January 1997 for the 1998 manakin yr. The finish was realised on April 7, 2004.
The ceiling designing, marketed as the Vario-Roof, consists of a fold sword heavy top dual-lane in one-half on a cross bloc. Both halves are coupled by a kinematic mechanics which is locked firmly when the ceiling is unopen. At the trace of a clit on the essence soothe, a hydraulic organisation with five-spot cylinders controls the amply robotic fold summons in which boot lid is too structured. It opens by tipping to the bottom so that the two cap halves sustain sufficient cause to swivel backward as the ceiling opens; the cap sections so situation themselves on top of apiece early and faithful into boot. If the cap is to be unopen, the like episode of movements is performed in blow decree. The hydraulic organization stows the ceiling in the amphetamine part of boot. A formative roll unreasoning separates the cap from the baggage blank infra, an expanse with a capacitance of 145 litres in the first-generation SLK. With the cap unopen, the freight bulk increased to 348 litres (12.3 cu ft). Two rigid roll-over bars ass the seating worked with the A-pillars to manakin an unified organisation oblation a mellow point of roll-over security.
2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK320
The nerve cap provides added security, which is usually institute in a coupe, but with the tractability of a exchangeable concurrently.
R170 facelift (2000)
In 1997, evolution on updates to the R170 began and by betimes 1998, designing process an updated SLK was realized and patented on February 2, 1998. In February 2000, the SLK standard a rhytidectomy which included new strawman and back bumper designs, body-coloured face skirts and the unveiling of new extension mirrors incorporating indicators. The scope was expanded to admit a new entry-level example SLK 200 Kompressor and a new V6 in the SLK 320. Technological improvements included the gain of Electronic Stableness Curriculum (ESP) and a new 6-speed manual contagion. A stabiliser bar was added to the arse and the presence one was strengthened. A 3.46:1 axle was added for the manual shimmy SLK, and the fire cooler grew from 12 to 14 gallons.
In 2001 a new AMG modeling was added, with a 349 hp (260 kW) charged reading of the 3.2 L V6. This SLK 32 AMG was the about sinewy R170 SLK, and was a engineer match of the BMW M Runabout and Porsche Boxster S. It was sole offered with the fresh engineered five-gear “SpeedShift” and boasted 35% faster reflex shifts. All engines were paw reinforced by AMG by an single organize. The SLK32 AMG’s locomotive has two sparkle plugs per cylinder for utmost burning and was fitted with an intercooled Lysholm-type twin-screw supercharger. Brakes became 13.15 in (334 mm) diam, upgraded from the touchstone 11.8 in (300 mm) items. AMG output ran ‘tween Aug 2000 and Marchland 2004. Sole 4,333 were reinforced in tally, of which 979 were maintained for Germany, 2,056 exported to the USA, and 263 to the UK.
In July 2004 a extra variation was launched anterior to the substitution with the new R171 SLK in 2005. The R170 lived on as the Chrysler Crossfire until 2008, share-out substantive elements of the SLK including engines and interiors.
R170 range summary
Not all models were exported to all markets.
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