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    New Mercedes SLK uncovered

    New Mercedes SLK uncovered
     

    Mercedes-Benz is putting the finishing touches to a new SLK following a production sign-off for the folding hard-top roadster by members of the German car maker’s board of directors.

    The new two-seater, caught here covered in only the mildest of disguise, is set to go on sale in the UK shortly after a planned unveiling at next year’s Geneva motor show

    The new SLK looks similar to its predecessor at first glance - but look beyond the strategically placed black tape adorning the latest pre-production prototypes and it is clear the overall styling has been completely overhauled.

    In keeping with recent Mercedes models, the new SLK receives a more aggressive front end dominated by a large oval shaped grille. The overall surfacing is also much tauter, giving it a more confident appearance all round. The rear end is also significantly less rounded.

    Dimensionally, the new roadster has grown, but not by much. Length is up by 31mm at 4131mm, width extends by 33mm to 1808mm and height is up by a scant 9mm at 1304mm – all of which has served to liberate greater interior accommodation and boot space.

    It’s underneath the aluminium and steel body, though, where Mercedes-Benz concentrated much of its development work. “We wanted to give the SLK a more sporting flavor without compromising its inherent comfort,” said project leader Jürgen Weissinger.

    Among the chassis developments are wider tracks and variable damping control that will be offered as part of an optional agility package.

    Other changes include the adoption of an electro-mechanical steering system and Mercedes-Benz’s electronically operated torque-vectoring brake.

    Power for the new SLK comes in the form of three petrol engines and, for the first time, a single diesel. Kicking off proceedings is a base SLK200 CGI model running a turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder direct-injection unit with 184bhp and 199lb ft of torque.

    It will be joined by the car we rode in (see panel), the mid-range SLK250 CGI using the same basic engine as its more affordable sibling but tuned to deliver a sturdier 204bhp and and 229lb ft. Positioned above it will be the SLK350 CGI, which adopts the company’s new 3.5-litre V6 direct-injection engine, as recently unveiled in the S-class.

    For the first time there will also be a diesel in the form of the SLK250 CDI, although it is unclear whether it will be sold from the outset. It uses Mercedes’ 2.2-litre four-cylinder common-rail diesel engine delivering 204bhp and 369lb ft.Mercedes-Benz-23910101232278591600x1060.jpgMercedes-Benz-2391010123227321600x1060.jpgMercedes-Benz-23910101232565931600x1060.jpg


    Re: New Mercedes SLK uncovered

    Looks like a face lift? And another one with mirrors mounted to the door

    Re: New Mercedes SLK uncovered

    It will make many girls happy!


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    "Form follows function"


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    reginos:

    It will make many girls happy!

    I was thinking the exact same thing Smiley


    Re: New Mercedes SLK uncovered

    lol i thought the same, it's the new Audi TT.


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    indeed shifting is ancient technology - so is a fuel burning engine..  I happen to like both :) 


    Re: New Mercedes SLK uncovered

    Note the last picture....the car carries a spare muffler/exhaust....but it does take up passenger room.


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     And why the heck they need to put an Antenna on top of the trunk...... Imagine the car top folded, that looks ugly! In 2010 there should be better ways to hide an Antenna!

     

     


    Re: New Mercedes SLK uncovered

    Perhaps, girls like it


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    "Form follows function"


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    Lars997:

     And why the heck they need to put an Antenna on top of the trunk...... Imagine the car top folded, that looks ugly! In 2010 there should be better ways to hide an Antenna!

    I wondered about the same on many modern cars.

    Take the "shark fin" of my X5 M for example: the X5 has a huge roof surface which could be shielded to the inside but used as an antenna for Rx purposes, incl. GPS, 3G, whatever. I doubt there is really the need for that monstrous shark fin but apparently BMW (and other manufacturers) think that such a "wart" on the outside is needed to tell outside people: "hey, look, I can afford paying for the OEM navigation/phone system". Smiley

    Look at Porsche: have you seen any antenna on modern Porsche cars, incl. the current generation 997, Panamera, Boxster, Cayman and Cayenne ? Right...it is hidden and this is a very good example on how it should be handled.

    Mercedes and BMW actually prove to me how it shouldn't be done.

    I'm not even sure these "warts" actually provide better antenna functions than a hidden antenna.


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 997 Turbo, BMW X5 M, BMW M3 Cab DKG, Mini Cooper S JCW


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     Same here... dont know it the reception is even higher. Most of time I dont plug in my iPhone anyway, its always anywhere in the car and it works perfect. 

    Regarding GPS - actually it would work the same if it is underneath the dashboard and looking through the window - doesnt need to be on the roof at all! 

    And for the radio - there are many systems inside the bumper which work great, too!


    Re: New Mercedes SLK uncovered

    I think Porsche also offer an optional "stick" antenna. I'm not sure why, but it has something to do with Medium waves?


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    "Form follows function"


    Re: New Mercedes SLK uncovered

    reginos:

    I think Porsche also offer an optional "stick" antenna. I'm not sure why, but it has something to do with Medium waves?

     

    Yes, only for medium waves reception enhancement. Last time I heard MW radio (I think it is called AM radio in the US), it was Radio Free Europe...more than 20 years ago. Smiley


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 997 Turbo, BMW X5 M, BMW M3 Cab DKG, Mini Cooper S JCW


    Re: New Mercedes SLK uncovered

    1st Teaser

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    Re: New Mercedes SLK uncovered

     That roof is not that special anymore as we know that after the SL it made it all the way to the VW EOS and Renault Megane! And the EOS can even be used as a sliding sun roof.


    Re: New Mercedes SLK uncovered

    Lars997:

     That roof is not that special anymore as we know that after the SL it made it all the way to the VW EOS and Renault Megane! And the EOS can even be used as a sliding sun roof.


    Still, it´s a nice add on.

    J.Seven


    Re: New Mercedes SLK uncovered

     j.Seven... where you live you dont need a roof at all 


     
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