Mercedes-Benz SLK 320
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Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: SLK 320
Mercedes-Benz SLK 320

The SLK Class of cars have undergone a number of changes over the years. For example, a 5-speed manual transmission was added for 1999, but it was the introduction of a 215 hp 3.2 L V6 and 6-speed manual transmission in the 2001 SLK 320 that really brought the press in to take notice. The Mercedes-Benz R 170 is an automobile platform for sports cars produced since 1997.The R 170 models were originally sold as the SLK Class and were based on the W 202 C Class. This was replaced by a new SLK Class platform, called the R171, for 2005. However, the R170 chassis does live on in the Chrysler Crossfire. Karmann of Germany produces both the R 170 and R 171 chassis. The R170 platform SLK 230 Kompressor was introduced in 1997 for the 1998 model year in an attempt to compete with the Porsche Boxster and the BMW Z3. These are of course tough cars to match and frankly Benz was brave to even try. Setting it apart was its folding hardtop, but its additional weight hampered the performance of the 185 hp 2.3 L supercharged I4 engine and automatic transmission. Granted, the SLK was on Car and Driver's Ten Best list for 1997. The SLK-Class of luxury roadsters are appropriately named. The name was selected to highlight the company's objective for the car. They desired that it be sporty, light and compact (Kompakt). It seems that they achieved the sporty and compact but might have missed a few things on the light. This models weight was the only thing holding it back from being a true contender to the other models in its segment. Oddly enough, for the collector, a few toys and scale replicas of this car were produced so even if you cannot actually afford to own one, you can pretend to.

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