2009 mercedes benz slk 300




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    Find Mercedes Benz SLK-Class reviews, prices, specs and pictures on U.S. Mercedes-Benz SLK SLK $38, San Jose, CA.

    The Mercedes-Benz SLK remains the centerpiece of the lineup, with its hp engine helping to take better advantage of the SLK's.

    2009 mercedes benz slk 300

    2009 mercedes benz slk 300

    In addition to the commendable build quality, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class offers good isolation from road noise, at least with the top up. Edmunds in particular is impressed with the "classy interior appointments" found inside the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class. A year later, the SLK version was introduced, providing a lower-priced, smaller-engined alternative for those who couldn't hack the 's price tag. Popular Mechanics says that "a new, all-mechanical direct-steer system tightens the steering ratio when the wheel is turned a mere 5 degrees off-center," which improves overall handling significantly when combined with the "speed-sensitive power assist.

    2009 mercedes benz slk 300

    2009 mercedes benz slk 300

    2009 mercedes benz slk 300

    2009 mercedes benz slk 300

    2009 mercedes benz slk 300

    Quick Test: Mercedes-Benz SLK - Motor Trend

    An updated version of Mercedes ' junior roadster. Aggressive styling, glorious exhaust note, quick-action hardtop What's Not: Dead steering wheel, wonky iPod integration, high price relative to competition. The original SLK was cute but compromised.

    It had a trick retractable hardtop, but was cramped inside and never had sports-car-appropriate powertrains. The new-for SLK was beefier looking, faster, bigger inside, and just better all around. A year later, the SLK version was introduced, providing a lower-priced, smaller-engined alternative for those who couldn't hack the 's price tag. For , the entry-level SLK gets a mild update, although the basic story stays much the same.

    2009 mercedes benz slk 300

    The SLK badge is no more, with "" taking its place to better represent the 3. The front bumper gets a nosejob, now split in Formula 1 homage, and the entire SLK lineup receives Mercedes' new direct-steer system, which alters the steering ratio depending on input.

    When mated to the SLK, the result is a roadster that's easy to drill through twisty roads and dead solid on the freeway. Though mechanically operated -- unlike BMW 's Active Steering unit -- the Mercedes system provides too little feedback through the wheel. It's slow off center and takes too much edge off the driving experience. The same need not be said for the engine, which provides lb-ft of torque from to rpm. It propels the SLK to 60 mph in 6.

    2009 mercedes benz slk 300

    The six-speed manual's shifter is easy to work, and the clutch takeup is light and linear. Listening to the wail reverberate off canyon walls with the top down makes for good tunes -- good thing, too, because the iPod integration is so frustrating that you'll leave the stereo off.

    It was never designed to scroll through thousands of artists and songs. Better to ignore the radio and keep an eye on that rpm redline, as it'll smack you in the face with a harsh fuel cut-off as you cross it. The SLK's biggest challenge is price. Our tester came equipped with power seats, lumbar support, the aforementioned iPod integration, satellite radio, bi-Xenon headlamps, and Sport and heating packages. Yet the sticker won't worry some, as they've already rationalized the only in-class retractable hardtop, which can open and shut in 22 seconds, has a built-in tonneau cover, and provides a measure of quiet and security that a ragtop can't.

    For spirited driving, cruising the Pacific Coast Highway, or motoring home in stop-and-go traffic, the SLK never feels out of place. It's not as sporty as the mid-engine Boxster, but is more so than the front-drive, sedan-derived Audi TT.

    2009 mercedes benz slk 300

    If previous sales numbers are any indication Mercedes has sold more than a half-million SLKs since , we're sure the SLK will receive a warm welcome. Behind the Wheel of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Pickup Truck Since Behind the Wheel of the Ford Mustang Bullitt. Carlos Lago July 18, Photo Gallery 7 Photos in this Gallery. Select a Make 2. Select a Model 3.

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