The SLK was remade in 2004 with a new Formula One inspired styling and severe performance. For 2005 the new R171-platform SLK was again on Car and Driver’s coveted Ten Best list, and it also won the Canadian Best New Convertible award. The SLK 350 was well on its way of making a nice name for itself. Oddly too, the car was specifically marketed to appeal to women. This is not meant as an insult to any men out there that happen to own the vehicle, but it was specifically placed in ads in women’s magazines where most sports cars are advertised for in men’s magazines, or at least unisex magazines like Newsweek and Time.
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The current SLK is built in Bremen, Germany, where the SLK 350 was manufactured. This entire Class has been claimed to be fun to drive, with the SLK 350 particularly, accelerating from 0-60 mph in a very short 5.4 seconds. Further, to the delight of drivers, there are rumors that Mercedes-Benz is going to produce a SLK 63 AMG model. This of course would involve AMG, which is well renowned to produce awesome and powerful autos. It is slated to include their new 6.2L naturally aspirated engine designed from scratch by the AMG division itself.
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The SLK 350 is equipped under the hood with the new 3.5 L 200 kW double overhead cam V6 engine. It does have a computer limited top speed of 155 mph. The true potential of the vehicle is most likely higher than that though. The R 171 chassis represents the second generation of Mercedes-Benz SLK. When compared with the R 170, the R 171 chasses is larger. Given that, it is very impressive that the SLK 350 handles so well and has the power that it does. Chalk another one up for Mercedes- Benz. Learn more on the fun to drive SLK 350 by going here. Get an auto shipping quote for the Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 right here on this page too.<< Back to Vehicle Index