2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350, Drivers Log Car Review

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car appraisal  2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350
The V6 in the Mercedes-Benz SLK350 is rated at 302 hp.

By: Greg Migliore on 8/24/2011

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NEWS EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: This 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 is an athletic wrap up by means of a surprisingly tight chassis and violent seven-speed automatic. The suspension walks the fine row of (slightly) thrashing up the driver, construct is an invigorating knowledge for a Benz.

The V6 is loud and physically powerful and approximately a bit uncouth, cackling and roaring at a variety of mark in the band. It's a fit quantity of power, and frankly, it's wanted to jolt petroleum two-seater eager on motion. This is a little car, but 3,400 pounds on its bones is rather well-fed and it large so as to way at times. I be acquainted with it's since of the retractable hardtop, but still.

The steering is glow and quick, and the cabin is well-appointed and comfortable. It fit my five-foot-nine border perfectly. I actually can't keep in mind at what time I was petroleum at ease in a car petroleum size.

The additional standout characteristic is the sunroof, construct profits color (in easy terms) to let in dissimilar inadequate of light. It is fun, attention cool and be dressed in a serene scene for driving. The retractable top mechanism fine and the open-air knowledge is pleasant.

I love the SLS-inspired attention and proportions up front. It's precisely how a Mercedes roadster be hypothetical to look. This is a fun car. Not perfect, but a lot of power and adrenaline is served up for the driver.

EDITOR WES RAYNAL: Somebody in the put of work the additional day was talking concerning chick cars. Is petroleum one? I'd quarrel the old one was, and petroleum is my primary occasion in the new car, the come into view age group of the SLK. Sure enough, anywhere the old one appealed more frequently supposed not to gals, Mercedes-Benz is annoying to get additional men interested.

The car attention better, by means of a bit of an SLS/CLS front end. It too large similar to to me, and thus the center earth a bit roomier. The ride/handling large good, by means of high-quality equilibrium and corpse manage and rapid steering. There's polite authority as well, and it become paler improved supposed I consideration it would.

I liked it improved supposed it consideration I counting overall and enjoyed my occasion in it by means of the top down. I don't be acquainted with if that's since I wasn't expecting a great deal or what, though.

ART DIRECTOR CHERYL L. BLAHNIK: Who might ask for no substance which improved supposed a SLK and fine weather? Looking at the exterior of petroleum car I believe it attention a great deal improved supposed its predecessor by means of a additional squared-off look. I wasn't a fan of the wheels and counting favor a additional customary five-star design.

The center is nice and is complete in a tasteful manner by means of at ease and supportive seats. It is, however, rather tight in the cabin, and the stem isn't a great deal to converse about, either. If you're thinking of a street trip, you improved pack light.

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But for fun, petroleum car actually is a blast. Give the throttle a shove and the V6 shoots petroleum small SLK forward to slap a big smile on by means of face. It large tight in corners, but the suspension is motionless at ease sufficient for easygoing, top-down driving.

COPY EDITOR CYNTHIA L. OROSCO-WRIGHT: What fun to contain petroleum 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 in excess of the daily and be clever to enjoy it top-down on a Friday nighttime for banquet and shopping.

This car is lovely, by means of the low-slung corpse and the sleek lines. I'm not normally a fan of pallid paint on cars, but I consideration it looked fine on petroleum SLK350. The exhaust note is thrilling and construct you desire to drive still faster. And you can do so as to by just letting by means of correct base get over. The authority moderator on smooth and physically powerful and stays so as to way, particularly on the expressway. And the brakes give sure attract power.

I did become aware of a rather serious sense from side to side the steering wheel. Even although petroleum is a "smaller" car, it become paler a bit hefty. And, a number of contorting is necessary to get eager on and out of the car, particularly for my six-foot-tall hubby. But on one occasion you retract the top, not any of so as to mattered. We now content to sense the nighttime breeze on our faces and the whoosh of transitory additional cars.

Amazingly for petroleum little of a vehicle, we now clever to get inquisitiveness 12-packs of pop and six or knowledge luggage of purchases in the negligible storage space room in the trunk. Yes, my co-driver had to grasp a pair of bags, but on foot in petroleum roadster, he didn't mind.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

Base Price: $55,675

As-Tested Price: $66,805

Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V6; RWD, seven-speed automatic

Output: 302 hp @ 6,500 rpm, 273 lb-ft @ 3,500-5,250 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,397 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 24/21.8 mpg

Options: Premium wrap up one counting iPod/MP3 broken interface, Airscarf neck-level heating system, satellite radio, Harman/Kardon premium sound system, heated seats and IR remote top automation ($2,590); Magic Sky manage panorama top ($2,500); multimedia wrap up counting Comand scheme by means of firm drive navigation, seven-inch high-resolution LCD monitor by means of 3-D map views, improved voice-control system, 10GB music register, six-disc DVD changer, Gracenote album in order counting wrap art, SD card slot and satellite transfer and weather ($2,150); lighting wrap up counting headlamp-cleaning scheme and bixenon headlamps by means of lively curve illumination ($1,070); trim wrap up counting burl walnut trim on middle console and doors, wood and leather shift knob, and wood and leather steering wheel ($990) digital dual-zone climate manage ($760); diamond-white metallic exterior paint counting beige leather and burl walnut trim ($720)



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