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December 2, 2013: Mercedes-Benz India has finally launched the SLK 55 AMG roadster in the country for Rs. 1.26 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi). Under the hood, the roadster gets the 5.5-litre V8 engine that develops 421bhp and 540Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, which transmits power to the rear wheels of the car. This model accelerates to 100kmph from standstill in mere 4.6 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. It sports AMG Sports suspension featuring torque vectoring brake and the AMG Direct-steer system. It comes equipped with AMG body styling with exclusive 55 AMG front and rear aprons and side skirts, AMG high-performance internally ventilated and perforated disc brakes, AMG sports suspension, COMAND online with 6 DVD changer with HARMON KARDON surround sound, ECO Stop-start function and others.

Mercedes-Benz SLK price list (Variants)

Variants Ex-Showroom Price    
55 AMG  (Discontinued)

5461 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 12.0 kmpl
Rs 1.26 Cr
200 Kompressor  (Discontinued)

1796 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 11.2 kmpl
Rs 47.58 Lakh
230K  (Discontinued)

1796 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 11.2 kmpl
Rs 47.58 Lakh
320  (Discontinued)

1796 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 11.2 kmpl
Rs 47.58 Lakh
350  (Discontinued)

3498 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 18.1 kmpl
Rs 75.0 Lakh

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Petrol6.2 kmpl 12.0 kmpl

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Mercedes-Benz SLK review

The German luxury car maker Mercedes Benz has established itself in India with a lot of stylish vehicles. Their cars are extremely luxurious and fitted with power packed engines. The company has developed quite a few stylish yet high performance based car models including the SLK-Class Roadster. Currently, the company is selling this model series in two trim levels, which are 350 and 55 AMG. Its entry level variant is powered by a 3.5-litre, six cylinder based petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 3498cc. It is capable of unleashing a maximum power of 306bhp along with a commanding torque output of 370Nm, which rather good for Indian road conditions. On the other hand, its AMG version is equipped with an advanced 5.5-litre petrol motor that can displace 5461cc. It can produce a whopping power of 421bhp in combination with a commanding torque output of 540Nm. Both these engines are cleverly mated with a seven speed automatic transmission gear box, which helps in delivering a decent fuel economy. This model series is a blend of advanced comfort and safety features, which certainly provides a stress free driving experience. The company has given this Roadster an inviting body structure, which is equipped with a number of sophisticated features. The bold radiator grille is embossed with a prominent company logo in the center. It has several compelling exterior features like LED daytime running lights, a set of stylish alloy wheels and a stylish radiator grille. This model series also gets an innovative panoramic vario roof featuring 'MAGIC SKY CONTROL' that adjusts the transparency of roof with just a push of a button. This roadster is placed against the likes of BMW Z4 Roadster, Jaguar XK, Porsche Boxter and Audi TT in the Indian automobile market. On the other hand, it has a spacious internal cabin, which is furnished by specially designed Sport seats, which offers excellent lateral support and makes the journey comfortable. These seats along with the exterior mirrors and steering wheel position can be adjusted electrically at just the touch of a button. This models series is also incorporated with an advanced PARKTRONIC parking guidance system featuring ultrasonic sensors at the side of front bumper. They can measure the length of parking space automatically even at the speed of 30 Kmph. It provides parking guidance through the instrument cluster after engaging the reverse gear. It also monitors the vehicle with the help of its sensors while maneuvering and alerts the driver if a collision is about to happen. Apart from this, it is equipped with several innovative features like a cruise control system with Speedtronic variable speed limiter, ECO Start/Stop function and a multi functional steering wheel with shift pedals. Apart from these, it is bestowed with various safety aspects including a pedestrian protection system featuring active bonnet that minimizes the risk of injury to pedestrians in case of an accident at a speed ranging between 25 to 55 Kmph. Furthermore, this vehicle is also bestowed with a sophisticated Attention Assist system that warns the driver as soon as it detects any inattention or drowsiness while driving. Apart from these, this vehicle is bestowed with a few protective aspects like tyre pressure monitoring system, six airbags, side impact protection system and 'Neck-Pro' crash responsive head restraints.

Mercedes-Benz SLK Exterior

Exteriors

The company has given this model series an aerodynamic body structure featuring spectacular cosmetics on all its facets. It is being offered in two variants among which, the top end variant is available with an attractive AMG body kit that looks quite captivating on the roads. To begin with the front fascia, the entry level variant is fitted with a sleek bumper that has a wide perforated air intake section for cooling the engine. It is flanked by a couple of LED fog lamps along with day time running light. Furthermore, the fog lamp console is also embodied with a pair of horizontally positioned strip. The most attractive aspect of its front facade is the large radiator grille that is fitted with a horizontally positioned louvre. The overall appearance of its front facade is complimented by the company's insignia, which is embedded on to the grille. Surrounding this is the radiant headlight cluster that is powered by bi-xenon headlamps and side turn indicators. It also has a stylish bonnet with expressive lines and a pair of scoops, which adds to its sporty look. Coming to its side profile, it is absolutely sleek featuring well molded wheel arches and attractive window lining, which is chrome finished. It also has styling features like chrome waistline molding, body colored door handles and wing mirrors. Furthermore, the outside mirrors are equipped with turn blinkers, which adds to its safety quotient. These retractable mirrors come with foldable as well as memory function. The car maker is offering the 350 trim with a stylish 10-spoke design alloy wheels while the top end variant is bestowed with 5-spoke design rims. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres that offers superior grip on any road conditions. The overall look of its side profile is complimented by expressive air vent located beside the front wheel arch. The rear profile has a distinctive design thanks to the elegant taillight cluster, which is fitted with all LED lights including brake lamps and turn indicators.The rear bumper has a plain design but it is fitted with a protective cladding for preventing it from minor damage. It is also accompanied by quad exhaust pipes, which are garnished in chrome. The tailgate is quite small but it is elegantly decorated with company's insignia and variant lettering. Apart from these, its AMG body kit includes exclusively designed aprons, side sill panels, AMG design twin-tailpipes and 5-spoke design lightweight alloy wheels with high-sheen finish.

Exterior Measurements:

The company has designed this roadster with a standard dimensions. It comes with a total length of 4134mm along with an overall width of 2006mm (including outside mirrors). Its total height is measured at just 1301mm, which is good for this class. Whereas its minimum ground clearance is about 135mm. This vehicle is built with a large wheelbase of 2430mm that offers a lot of leg space inside.

Interiors

Ed's take: The interiors of the SLK-Class are similar to most of the other three-pointed stars with the numpad and COMAND.

 

The internal section of this model series is elegantly designed with extensive use of leather and it is incorporated with a number of sophisticated features. Its cabin can be customized with one of the five different color schemes for the buyers to select from. At the same time, the individuals can choose from variety of wood and metallic inserts, which certainly gives a compelling look to the cabin. One of the most important feature of this model series is its ergonomically designed sports seats, which offers excellent lateral support to the driver and front co-passenger. These seats have adjustable head restraints and have been covered with nappa leather upholstery. Furthermore, they have electrical adjustment facility including memory setting, which further adds to the convenience. The dashboard has a sleek structure and is equipped with several equipments including an illuminated instrument cluster with various functions, infotainment system, automatic AC unit and other such aspects. It also has a three spoke steering wheel, which is mounted with audio and call control buttons for convenience of its driver. The dashboard has wood finish with central console and the door panels, which emphasizes the exclusiveness of the interiors. It is also equipped with an analog clock that compliments the overall look of its interiors. The company has given it a lot of chrome treatment, especially on AC vents, door handles and steering wheel, which gives a magnificent look to the cabin. The leather wrapped steering wheel has a flat bottomed design, which is mounted with multi-functional switches for convenience of its driver. On the other hand, its instrument cluster has a TFT color screen along with a pair of round shaped meters, which are garnished with metallic inserts. It provides critical information like fuel consumption, vehicle's speed, fuel levels, tachometer, parking guidance and several other warning functions for keeping the driver updated. It has four 12V power sockets to connect notebooks, MP3 players, mobile phones and other electric devices. Apart from these, it also has LED reading lamps in the rear, illuminated vanity mirrors for both driver and front co-passenger, instrument cluster with 31.2 cm TFT color display, an illuminated glove box with ventilation and lockable function, inside rear view mirror with anti glare function, sun visors along with illuminated vanity mirrors, drink holders and a digital clock.

Interior Comfort:

This model series is currently available in two variants, but both the trims are equipped with identical comfort features, which gives the passengers a plush feel while traveling. This model series is all about luxurious seating arrangement, which is bestowed with several innovative functions. Its dashboard is fitted with a proficient automatic air conditioning system featuring heater and air filter, which regulates the temperature inside the cabin. However, individuals can opt for a superior THERMOTRONIC automatic AC unit with two zone control. The company has bestowed it with an advanced and illuminated instrument cluster featuring a color display. It provides informatics like outside temperature, trip computer, fuel consumption, fuel gauge, distance traveled, vehicle speed, gearshift position, tachometer, driver’s seat belt warning and a few other notification lamps for keeping the driver updated. For enhancing the ambiance of its cabin, this Roadster is blessed with an advanced Audio 20 infotainment system, which supports Bluetooth streaming. It is also equipped with 6 CD changer, USB interface, Aux-in port along with ergonomically located central controller. In addition to these, it also has navigation with, which gives destination guidance through address entry. Apart from these, the cabin is incorporated with smokers package, boot lighting, lockable glove compartment, power steering with electrical adjustment for height and reach, leather seating upholstery and sports pedal cluster with rubber studs. The buyers can also opt for COMAND Online control system with display and internet facility as well. The data is presented on a high resolution 31.2 cms color display for easy access. In combination with an appropriate mobile phone, it is possible to call up internet pages, while the car is stationary and to use Mercedes-Benz apps for POI searches, weather forecasts, Internet radio and the like while the car is in motion. It supports a DVD player, radio, 10 GB storage for audio and video files, 200 gigabytes hard drive, Bluetooth connectivity, COMAND controller and touch sensitive telephone keypad in center console. It also has communications module including a SIM card activated for three years for receiving "Live Traffic Information". This roadster is also fitted with aspects like electric parking brake with comfort function, remote boot lid release, vario-roof operation with convenience feature and heated windscreen washing system, the automaker has also incorporated an advanced cruise control system with SPEEDTRONIC variable speed limiter, which can deal with obstructions ahead and provides an effortless driving experience. It is incorporated with a power assisted steering column, which is adjustable for height and length that adds to the convenience. Furthermore, it also gets necessary features like ambient lighting system with 5-stage intensity control, electric sun blinds, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, power windows, electrically adjustable seats, power operated outside mirrors, a multi-functional steering wheel and SOLAR RED ambient lighting system. In addition to these, it also has an active park guidance system with PARKTRONIC that features night view assist plus and a 360 degree camera.

Interior Measurements:

This vehicle is quite spacious from inside, which can provide comfortable seating for two passengers only. It has a total head space of 993mm along with a decent knee room of 555mm. It also has an impressive shoulder space of 1404mm, which makes it quite comfortable for occupants inside. On the other hand, it has a total boot space of 335 litres (with roof closed), which goes down to 225 litres (with roof open). It is also fitted with a massive fuel tank that has a storage capacity of 60 litres that is good enough for planning longer journeys.

Mercedes-Benz SLK Gear

Acceleration & Pick-Up

Ed's take: The power produced by the SLK-Class is just phenomenal when it comes to acceleration, because is what it has been made for.

 

The top end V8 engine is paired with an advanced AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission gear box, which is incorporated with a double de-clutching function. It enables the motor to zoom toward 100 Kmph speed mark in just about 4.6 seconds from a standstill. At the same time, it can reach an electronically regulated top speed of 250 Kmph, which is rather thrilling. On the other hand, its other engine is coupled with a 7G TRONIC Plus automatic gear box that allows it to reach 250 Kmph at the most. In the meanwhile, it can break the 100 Kmph speed mark from a standstill in mere 5.6 seconds from a scratch.

Engine and Performance

Ed's take: The engine performance of the SLK is just brilliant. The 3.5-litre V6 is relaxed when cruising and turns into a monster when you begin to push it.

 

As said above, this model series is available in two petrol engine options for the buyers to choose from. The entry level variant is equipped with a 3.5-litre petrol engine that has latest generation direct fuel injection technology. It comprises of six cylinders and twenty four valves that displaces 3498cc. This power plant has the ability to produce a maximum power of 306bhp at 6500rpm that results in a hammering torque output of 370Nm at 3500rpm. The car maker has paired this motor with a 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission gear box that distributes the torque output to the rear wheels. On the other hand, the AMG version is fitted with a 5.5-litre engine that displaces 5461cc. It comprises of eight cylinders and thirty two valves, which receives fuel through high pressure direct fuel injection system. It is capable of pumping out a superior power of 421bhp at 6800rpm that yields a pounding torque output of 540Nm at 4500rpm, which is rather impressive for this segment. This power plant is mated with an advanced AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission gear box, which helps in enhancing.

Mercedes-Benz SLK Mileage

Mileage

Ed's take: Sports car and mileage never go hand in hand and so is the case with the SLK as well.

 

The entry level trim is powered by a V6 petrol engine that is incorporated with a direct fuel injection supply system. This power plant can give away a minimum mileage of 10.10 Kmpl on city roads, that goes up to a maximum of 18.18 Kmpl on the bigger roads, which is surprisingly good. On the other hand, the 55 AMG is equipped with a 5461cc petrol mill, which is also incorporated with the same direct injection technology. Furthermore, it is also incorporated with an innovative Controlled Efficiency stop/start function, which shuts off four cylinders when they are not needed and thereby improves its efficiency. This power plant has the ability to produce a maximum mileage of 16.12 Kmpl on expressways that goes down to a minimum of 8.33 Kmpl, which is rather good for this class.

Power of Mercedes-Benz SLK

Ed's take: The power produced by the SLK is better than the previous generation now it is only offered with a 3.5-litre V6 or an AMG version, the 2.0-litre engine is no longer available.

 

Its 3.5-litre petrol engine comprises of six cylinders and can generate a maximum power of 306bhp at 6500rpm along with a hammering torque output of 370Nm at just 3500rpm. While the eight cylinder based 5.5-litre mill allows the AMG variant to belt out a commanding power of 421bhp at 6800rpm that yields a pounding torque of 540Nm at 4500rpm.

Mercedes-Benz SLK Accessories

Stereo & Accessories

Ed's take: The SLK is another product that can be customised. It has

 

The automaker is offering this model series with an Audio 20 Infotainment system featuring 6 CD changer and ergonomically located central controller. It also has ports for AUX-In and USB devices, which further adds to the convenience. Furthermore, it is also incorporated with a Navigation 20 system, which provides destination guidance on instrument cluster. Customers can also incorporated with an advanced COMAND Online system featuring a high resolution TFT display that supports navigation and LINGUATRONIC voice control system. Furthermore, it also has a DVD player, 10 GB hard drive for audio files and provides Bluetooth connectivity for streaming. However, customers can also opt for a superior Harman Kardon Logic 7 Surround sound system, which delivers high definition sound output and keeps the occupants entertained. The car maker is also offering an option to customize the exteriors of this vehicle with a choice of alloy wheels, body graphics, illuminated scuff plates and so on. Apart from these, the individuals can also customize the vehicle with various accessories like interior color scheme, floor mats, illuminated scuff plates, body graphics, choice of alloy wheels and many other such aspects.

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Braking & Handling

Ed's take: The braking of the SLK is just fantastic and it does handle well. Driving around bends is a lot of fun.

 

This vehicle is bestowed with an advanced sports suspension system featuring adaptive damping system, which can deal with bumps and keeps this roadster stable on any road condition. Furthermore, it is also incorporated with programs like electronic stability program and acceleration skid control function, which reinforces the agility of this vehicle. On the other hand, the car maker has fitted its front wheels with a set of internally vented perforated brake discs, which are further loaded with superior brake calipers. While the rear ones have been equipped with conventional set of disc brakes. In addition to this, it is also incorporated with an advanced anti lock braking system, emergency brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, which helps to improve the overall braking mechanism. The cabin is incorporated with an advanced electric power steering system, which offers a precise response depending upon the speed levels.

Safety & Security

Ed's take:  The safety features on the SLK are airbags, ABS, ESP, traction control and the list just goes on.

 

The car maker has equipped this luxury roadster with several sophisticated safety features, which ensures unmatched protection to the occupants inside. This model series is blessed with an active parking assist with PARKTRONIC that gives excellent assistance to the driver, while maneuvering in tight corners. At the same time, its high end versions also have a 360 degree camera that minimizes the efforts required to park this saloon. This model is also bestowed with pre-safe aspects like eight airbags and seat belts, which reduces the damage caused in case of accident. It has an advanced security and locking function including programmable key with remote control opening and closing of windows. This roadster has restraint systems like airbags, three point seat belts with belt tensioner, seat occupancy recognition for front passenger seat and three stage impact protection front crash. Apart from these, it has a list of features including pedestrian protection system, crash responsive head restraints, six airbags, side impact protection beams, ESP with anti slip regulation, adaptive brakes with ABS and EBD. Furthermore, it is also incorporated with ATTENTION ASSIST system, tyre pressure loss warning, central locking system with interior switch, acceleration skid control, active blind spot assist, cross wind assist, tyre pressure loss warning system, under body protection, NECK-PRO crash responsive head restraints for front seats along with ISOFIX child seat mountings, attention assist and many other advanced features, which gives the occupants a stress-free driving experience.

Mercedes-Benz SLK Wheels

Wheels

The flared up wheel arches of entry level variant is blessed with a set of stylish 17-inch, 10-spoke design alloy wheels, which enhances the look of its side profile. Its front rims are covered with a set of high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 225/45 R17 while the rear ones are covered with 245/40 R17 sized radial tubeless tyres. On the other hand, its AMG version is blessed with a set of stylish 18-inch, 5-spoke design rims. Its front alloy wheels are covered with 225/40 R18 sized tyres, while the rear ones are bestowed with 245/35 R18 sized high performance radial tubeless tyres.

Pros

1. Safety and comfort features are at par with other competitors.

2. Appearance of AMG version is alluring.

3. Ultra modern interior design with lavish seating arrangement is a big plus point.

4. Engine performance and acceleration is rather impressive.

5. Fuel economy is surprisingly quite good.

Cons

1. Seating option is available only for two people.

2. Price range is rather expensive than other competitors.

3. There is no THERMOTRONIC AC unit.

4. Ground clearance can be improved.

5. COMAND Online system can be given as standard feature.

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