2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350, an AutoWeek Flash Drive Car Review

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Photo by: JAKE LINGEMAN 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350. Photo by JAKE LINGEMAN.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Photo by: JAKE LINGEMAN 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350. Photo by JAKE LINGEMAN.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Photo by: JAKE LINGEMAN 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350. Photo by JAKE LINGEMAN.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Photo by: JAKE LINGEMAN 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350. Photo by JAKE LINGEMAN.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Photo by: JAKE LINGEMAN 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350. Photo by JAKE LINGEMAN.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Photo by: JAKE LINGEMAN 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350. Photo by JAKE LINGEMAN.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Photo by: JAKE LINGEMAN 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350. Photo by JAKE LINGEMAN.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Photo by: JAKE LINGEMAN 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350. Photo by JAKE LINGEMAN.

By: Jake Lingeman on 6/15/2011

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What is it?

This come into view age group of the Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster moderator crossways as decidedly additional masculine supposed its predecessors, together in attention and character. That's key, as,because the 2012 SLK350 competes by means of the BMW Z4 and the Porsche Boxster. The new replica has a sole Magic Sky Control roof, construct weapons as of obvious goblet to a dark tinted windowpane instantly by means of the touch of a button.

Is everything making sense so far? If not, I'm sure that with just a little more reading, all the facts will fall into place.

What is it similar to to drive?

We tested the Mercedes SLK350 in Tennessee and North Carolina on the well-known Tail of the Dragon street so as to winds from side to side the Smoky Mountains. The roadster ate up the wonderful by means of gusto and by no means complained, still at what time a ham-fisted journalist entered a bend too hot and had to overcorrect.

The SLK350 is ready by means of a variable-ratio steering rack so as to sharpens at speed, and it become paler well-connected from side to side the legally responsible of on- and off-camber wonderful on the route. The leather-trimmed wheel large a bit sportier in the hand, as,at the same time as the obtainable wood-trimmed tiller transmits luxury.

The SLK stay its mojo as of a 3.5-liter V6 so as to construct 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, the last of construct is obtainable as of 3,500 rpm. That's 34 additional horses supposed previous year's SLK350, but it keeps the similar 0-to-60-mph occasion of 5.4 seconds.

The broadcast has seven speeds but exhausted the majority of the day in next and third--the sweet spot for heavy the Tail. The normal wheel-mounted paddle shifters earned completely keep, but don't stay for dual-clutch quickness. However, drivers are rewarded for downshifts as the broadcast rev-matches preceding to blasting a metallic note as of the integrated dual exhausts.

The SLK doesn't provide up a great deal in the way of stiffness, either. It merely flexes in excess of very uneven roads or at what time it stay in sync by means of wavy pavement.

Mercedes list the new car is secure too, and efficient. Granted, we did suck downward concerning a semi tank of petroleum in a few hours, but beneath usual circumstances the 2012 Mercedes SLK is rated at 20 mpg in the metropolis and 29 mpg on the highway. It has knowledge well-hidden airbags, and for 2012, it moderator normal by means of Attention Assist so as to alerts a intended at what time he or she is receiving tired.

The car reportedly went from side to side 100 collide tests and additional supposed 24,000 simulations preceding to launch. To create sure the roll-bar strength, the SLK was hitched upside downward to a crane and terrified to the pavement.

Do I desire one?

Maybe. Next February, the SLK250 determination debut, by means of a 201-hp turbocharged four-cylinder. It stay a few additional on foot per gallon and be hypothetical to be a bit lighter supposed the V6 model. It too stay as normal gear a six-speed manual, construct isn't obtainable on the SLK350.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 hits showroom floors by means of a bottom sticker cost of $55,675, counting an $875 destination charge. By comparison, the mid-grade BMW Z4 costs concerning $53,000 and the Porsche Boxster S stickers at $58,600. Both competitors present physical transmissions. But if you've fancied an SLK and detained up on trade for one cause or another, now strength be the time.



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