2012 Mercedes Benz Slk Class
With the wholly new highly-developed Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, one of the nearly exciting and successful sports cars always reinforced is incoming its 3rd contemporaries. The new runabout uncompromisingly takes drive joy and alfresco delectation to a new stratum. It blends light-footed sportiness with fashionable quilt, a salient sports-car excogitation with totality suitableness for quotidian use, top functioning with emblematic bionomics. What’s more, the Mercedes-Benz SLK is majestic to salute the humans premier of the bird’s-eye vario-roof with Illusion SKY Controller, which switches to ignitor or colored at the ghost of a release. Typic efficiency and sportsmanlike genius get courtesy of herculean new 4- and 6-cylinder engines featuring the standard-specification ECO scratch/closure use. With their brilliant levels of execution they are capable 25 pct more sparing than their predecessors. And a unequaled set of condom equipment bestows role-model condition on the SLK therein section. With its riches of expert innovations the Mercedes-Benz SLK is again the benchmark in its course.
“The new SLK embodies the persona of the taste-maker ilk no over-the-counter car”, says Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairperson of the Panel of Direction of Daimler AG and Header of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “I am positive that with its passionate figure, its high-quality inner and its reserve at the pick place it testament cover to allow an tremendous measure of fun on the route in hereafter, too, consolidating its condition as a rage runabout.”
Innovations are function of the successful account of the Mercedes-Benz SLK:
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
But the new Mercedes-Benz SLK offers more just soul highlights. It assumes a lead place in every subject and offers fun at the pedal in every prize, with no lukewarm compromises. It impresses with characteristics which are broadly deemed to be unreconcilable: it succeeds in merger splendid comforter and high-quality equipment and appointments with a definitely gaudy dash, e.g.. Concurrently the new runabout is the near sparing and thence the nearly environmentally well-disposed in its category, besides scene new refuge standards. And all-weather impulsive delectation – surface and closed leisure-time and routine use – is securely anchored in the SLK’s genes.
Timeless aesthetics embodies hallmark sports-car sensuality
The designers sustain tailored a soundbox for the new SLK which emphasises its classical runabout proportions and puts them in the highlight to electrifying burden. Backside the hanker cowling is a constrict rider compartment positioned far rachis, and a curt backside. The Mercedes-Benz SLK testament charm voltage customers with the key attributes that characterize all the greco-roman roadsters from Mercedes-Benz and that get besides made many of them self-propelled icons of the blade.
The beginning have to apprehension the eye is an good grille that stands lofty and positive in the twist and bears the new Mercedes-Benz mark looking. It facilitates the hanker and well-proportioned cowl and with its back light-catching contours it already hints at the buggy’s active qualities. The full grille bears the Mercedes-Benz asterisk in a outstanding exchange post and displays a strongly contoured fin, chromed at the figurehead. The distinctly outlined headlamps finish the anticipate the new SLK’s aspect, which resembles that of the fabled 190 SL from the Fifties, which is regarded by many as beingness the pilot “SLK”. But it was sure not fair the retiring that the designers were direction on; with the new SLK’s front they likewise advisedly created a ending optical connection with the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG “gullwing simulation” and the new CLS.
The amazing and measurable proof of the meticulously detailed work that has been carried out is that in spite of the more striking, steeper front and the larger frontal area, the Cd value has been cut to just 0.30 – a brilliant achievement (the predecessor model’s Cd value was 0.32).
The timelessly classic shape of the side view with the classic roadster proportions embodies aesthetics of the highest calibre and is a visual promise of the sporti-ness and driving pleasure in store. Fine details and quotes show the care that has been taken by the Mercedes-Benz designers. For example, a fillet conceals the boot joint, so that the side line cannot get in the way, as it usually does with similar roof designs. The ventilation grilles in the front wings with a chromed fin are reminiscent of the famous Mercedes-Benz roadsters of the 1950s. In the new Mercedes SLK they form the perfect starting point for a feature line which flows to the muscular rear wing, using light and shadow to add style and timeless aesthetics to the sides. Meanwhile the upper edge of the wide headlamps – which boast all-LED technology for the first time – also appears to flow into the feature line.
Interior with style and puristic good looks
With the most compact dimensions in its class, the new Mercedes-Benz SLK has an interior whose generous size is exemplary. To achieve this, the designers have developed interior appointments which offer the driver and passenger the highest degree of perfect perceived quality and puristic precision. The interior is characterised by stylish sportiness and high-quality, authentic materials which have been processed with perfect precision and skilled craftsmanship. Even in the base version the centre console and other trim parts gleam in brushed aluminium. Wood can be selected as an option in high-gloss dark brown walnut or high-gloss black ash. Four round, galvanised air outlets integrated in the dashboard emphasise that this model well and truly belongs to the Mercedes-Benz sports car family, their shape being a nod to those in the SLS.
The SLK’s generous round dials are flanked by a display for the information generated by the online computer. The colour display for the communications and entertainment functions is housed in the centre of the dashboard, and can be easily read by both the driver and passenger. On the top of the dashboard, also in the centre, sits a fine analogue clock – an unusual detail which subtly underlines the roadster’s stylish character.
Other high-quality items of equipment include a multifunction sports steering wheel with a flattened bottom section and a thick leather crown, plus optional sun-reflecting leather which noticeably reduces the degree to which the surfaces it covers heat up, impressive ambient lighting and the innovative neck-level heating system AIRSCARF, familiar from the predecessor.
Unique item of equipment: MAGIC SKY CONTROL
For the first time Mercedes-Benz is offering a choice of three variants of the lightweight-construction vario-roof for the new SLK: In just a few seconds this feature transforms the roadster into a coupé with a “fixed” roof at the touch of a button – and vice versa:
Innovative draught-stop system AIRGUIDE
A comfortable alternative to the conventional draught-stop is a new pivoting draught-stop for the new Mercedes-Benz SLK which has been invented by Mercedes-Benz aerodynamics engineers. It consists of pivoting transparent plastic layers which are attached to the reverse of the roll-over bars. The driver or passenger can swing them to the centre of the vehicle in a flash, thus taming turbulent air flow.
Spirit and efficiency
There will initially be three models of the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class available at its market launch, all of them powered by new engines with direct injection. The four-cylinder engines in the SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY and SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY develop 135 kW (184 hp) and 150 kW (204 hp) respectively from a displacement of 1796 cubic centimetres. The SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY is the most economical roadster in its segment. With the enhanced, optional seven-speed automatic transmission 7G‑TRONIC PLUS it consumes just 6.1 litres of premium petrol (NEDC, combined) over 100 kilometres (that corresponds to 142 g of CO2 per kilometre). The frugal model sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.0 seconds, and achieves its top speed at 237 km/h (240 km/h with manual transmission).
The SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY is equipped as standard with the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission and consumes only 6.2 litres (NEDC, combined) over 100 kilometres (144 g of CO2 per kilometre). From a standstill it reaches 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds, and it has a top speed of 243 km/h.
The V6 engine in the SLK 350 BlueEFFICIENCY draws 225 kW (306 hp) from its 3498 cubic-centimetre displacement, using this power to accelerate in 5.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (top speed 250 km/h). Its consumption is 7.1 litres (NEDC, combined) over 100 kilometres (167 g of CO2 per kilometre). The V6 engine has been completely newly developed. Its most important hallmarks are its 3rd-generation direct injection, piezo injectors and multi-spark ignition.
The exemplary efficiency, with fuel consumption reduced by up to a quarter compared with the predecessor models, is also due to the ECO start/stop system which is fitted as part of the standard specification in all models.
Suspension for the closest link with the road
There are also three suspension versions to choose from:
Also included in the Dynamic Handling package are a Direct-Steer system and the Torque Vectoring Brakes developed by Mercedes-Benz. The Direct-Steer system offers more handling and agility than the standard steering, whilst also reducing the amount of physical effort required when parking. In critical conditions the Torque Vectoring Brakes produce a defined rotational movement of the vehicle about the vertical axis in fractions of seconds through selective brake actuation at the rear wheel on the inside of the bend. This results in the Mercedes-Benz SLK stabilising without any compromises where dynamism is concerned, and it steers into the bend precisely and under full control.
Ingenious material mix and high levels of safety
The new SLK’s bodyshell structure has been further refined, with the bonnet and wings now made of aluminium.
The new Mercedes-Benz SLK also sets new benchmarks in terms of safety. The third generation of the powerful trend-setter will make use of a whole host of the latest assistance systems to support the driver, including the drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST, developed by Mercedes-Benz and fitted as standard; the optional anticipatory occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®, which is unique in the world; and the PRE-SAFE® Brake, which can apply the brakes autonomously in the event of an impending rear-end collision. As such, with the SLK too Mercedes-Benz is consistently and significantly exceeding the requirements imposed by safety standards.
Those wishing to do so can extend the host of assistance systems in the new SLK even further:
The new Merceses SLK can be ordered from 17 January 2011. The prices including VAT are as follows:
To mark the launch of the new SLK, Mercedes-Benz is offering an “Edition 1” special model with the special paint finish SHAPE in glacier grey. The “Edition 1” is opulently appointed and its standard specification includes the panoramic vario-roof, the Dynamic Handling package, AMG bodystyling, two-tone designo nappa leather with contrasting topstitching, AIRSCARF, ambient lighting and more. The additional charges range from 8490 to 8990 euros, depending on the base model.