Small, sporty, and spirited.
The SLK offers a refined roadster experience, regardless of whether you’re driving with the top up or down. The retractable hard top comes as a metal roof, a panoramic glass roof, or the Magic Sky Control roof, which features a glass panel with adjustable opacity. Optional Airguide uses Plexiglas pieces that rotate out from behind the seats to calm cabin turbulence when the top is down. Other open-air comfort options include sun-reflecting leather and Airscarf, which blows warm air onto the necks of the driver and the passenger. It’s a stretch to call the SLK a sports car, but it is definitely sporty. All SLK models use variable-ratio steering that quickens during aggressive driving. Although these systems have traditionally felt unnatural and unpredictable, Mercedes has executed this one nearly to perfection in the SLK. The SLK350’s direct-injected V-6 is quick and powerful and has a raspy growl, and its seven-speed automatic delivers silky-smooth upshifts. For those interested in better fuel economy, the SLK250 uses a turbocharged four-cylinder paired with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic, which the EPA rates at 22–23/32–33 mpg, respectively. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the normally aspirated V-8 of the AMG car will power the SLK to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
new for 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013. The turn-signal and cruise-control stalks have been redesigned, and automatic high-beams are now optional.
Standard features include ABS; front, side, and knee air bags; tire-pressure monitoring; driver-drowsiness alert; and traction and stability control. There is no optional safety equipment.
Innovative comfort features
More fun to drive than last gen
Shifts can be slow
Not as sporty as the competition
Base Price Range: $43,805–$68,895
TRIM LEVELS: SLK250, SLK350, SLK55 AMG
BODY STYLE: Convertible, 2-passenger
ENGINES: 1.8L turbo I-4, 201 hp, 229 lb-ft
3.5L V-6, 302 hp, 273 lb-ft
5.5L V-8, 415 hp, 398 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: N/A
CARGO SPACE: (top up/down) 10.1/6.4 cu ft