Mercedes-Benz SLK 230

Not all Mercedes SLKs were built in Bremen, Germany, as the SLK 230 was built in South Africa. In fact, the very first R 170 Mercedes SLK was completed on January 29, 1997 and the last was completed on April 7, 2004. The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a luxury roadster class built by the German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz since 1997 as stated. The name was chosen to reflect the company's intentions for the car, which was that it be Sporty, Light and Compact (Kompakt). As of today, there have been two generations of the SLK Class. In fact, the SLK is perhaps most famous for its retractable hardtop. While it did not invent or introduce this feature, the SLK revived it in present day models. Later models such as the Peugeot 206cc, the Lexus SC and the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class all jumped on board. The SLK 230 Kompressor contains under the hood, a 2.3 L (2295 cc) 193 hp I4 supercharged engine. Further it is capable of accelerating from 0 to 6o mph in 7.4 seconds. This is of course not the top of the line and certainly not the best time, but for the money, it is a good option. It reaches a top speed of 143 mph. The R170-platform SLK 230 Kompressor was introduced in 1997 for model year 1998 in an attempt to compete with the Porsche Boxster and the BMW Z3. It was set apart by its folding hardtop, though its additional weight dug into the performance of the vehicle. The SLK did manage though to jump on Car and Driver's Ten Best list for 1997. Probably for the better, the model was discontinued after the 2004 model year when Mercedes introduced the SLK 280 as its replacement. It may be that this model was priced too low and it came dangerously close of dropping Benz into a lower class of models.