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Mercedes SLK-Class

Mercedes SLK-Class


Mercedes has its slots filled for this year’s New York Auto Show, as the company will be unveiling the new C63 AMG Coupe , a new concept car, and another AMG model during the show. If we take previous marketing exploitations as a hint of the future, then expect to see the SLS AMG Roadster teased back in February in the Mercedes Super Bowl commercial on this roster as the second AMG model. As for the concept car, it will surely follow along the usual concept criteria, which involves previewing the company’s future technology.

Alongside the three models making their world premieres, Mercedes will also be busy with another three models making their North American debuts: the Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster , C-Class Coupe , and C-Class will all be in attendance to strut their stuff for the American crew.

Hang tight and we’ll bring more coverage of the event and news of Mercedes’ expected debuts as soon as we get it.

Source: Carscoop

While everyone is waiting for the new R171 generation Mercedes SLK , tuners are still preparing some cool packages for the recently discontinued model. One of those tuners is Piecha Design who have prepared the “Final Performance RS EDITION,” in order to say good bye to a pretty cool car.

The send-off package includes a distinctive front-spoiler bumper with integrated LED daytime running lights, wedge-shaped side skirts with air intakes, a rear bumper with a wide grid core and diffuser vane, and a rear spoiler lip. The vehicle also carries Piecha dp2 Phantom rims in a 19 inch (front) & 20 inch (rear) size with the use of 225/35 front tires and 265/25 rear tires.

The package also includes lowering springs from H&R, a new set of dp2 Phantom rims, black anodized aluminum aero wings, and special wind deflector with the signed “Final Performance RS Edition” logo. These additions are pretty cool, but the highlight of the vehicle is the legendary PIECHA power converter. This converter allows the vehicle to take in all of the power of the engine without even thinking twice about it. We’d love to tell you the amount of power this converter is facilitating, but Piecha have yet to announce these numbers.

Press release after the jump.

We’ve already caught a glimpse of the future Mercedes SLK featuring the brand’s new Magic Sky Control system with a spy shot captured a little over a week ago, and although finally seeing the technology cleared up the questions we had about its aesthetics, the whole technology part is still a little unclear. In an attempt to part the clouds of uncertainty, Mercedes has released a series of images that they are hoping will explain this phenomenon.

Magic Sky Control is in fact a transparent glass roof that can be darkened on demand in a matter of seconds. It’s like the transitional lenses people wear that go from clear to dark when stepping out into the sun. It works by using electrically-governed particles that shift to allow only a certain amount of UV light into the car. The technology is said to help keep away UV and infrared rays and can reduce the 1,000 watts per square meter into a measly 50-200 watts. Bringing that shade to the interior of the vehicle should make for quite a pleasant driving experience during those warm, sunny days.

The images provided by Mercedes include results from testing performed on the new Magic Sky technology. The tests were done at temperatures higher that 50 degrees Celsius in the shade, and, with an open roof, the load from the sun in the heat of Death Valley reached 1000 to 1100 W per square meter. With the transparent glass roof it dropped to 200 W, and when the roof was switched to darkened mode with MAGIC SKY CONTROL, it dropped to 40 to 50 W – 1/20th of the original value.

Don’t get too excited though; the Magic Sky Control doesn’t come cheap. The price for this technology is an extra 2,000 euro ($2,700 at the current exchange rates) on top of the base price for the car.

Press release after the jump.


Thefirst teaser image of the next generation Mercedes SLK already revealed that the future sports car will be offered with a new system called "Magic Sky Control," but the full-on look of the technology has been spied in these first shots taken of the future Mercedes . Kind of deflates the importance of the teaser image, doesn’t it?

The transparency of this panorama roof is controlled by electrically-governed particles that can shift to adjust how much light is filtered into the car. The technology is said to help keep away UV and infrared rays and can reduce the 1,000 watts per square meter into a measly 50-200 watts. Impressive, but you can’t get it for free. The price for this technology is an extra 2,000 euro ($2,700 at the current exchange rates) on top of the base price for the car.

The base SLK should have around 230 HP from a six-cylinder motor, while the higher end versions could get a 3.5-liter. There were rumors about a turbocharged four-cylinder, but that doesn’t seem likely.

The AMG version will probably have the new 5.5-liter turbocharged V8.


As you probably know by now, the next generation SLK will be making its world debut sometime next year. And as these things go, Mercedes will be pulling the same teaser image nonsense that we have seen time and time again (Lamborghini Sesto Elemento ring a bell?). The first teaser for the future sports car reveals a glass roof for the SLK which Merc says can be adjusted thanks to a new system called "Magic Sky Control" seen here on a pre-production SLK R 172 prototype.

The transparency of this panorama roof is controlled by electrically-governed particles that can shift to adjust how much light is filtered into the car. The technology is said to help keep away UV and infrared rays and can reduce the 1,000 watts per square meter into a measly 50-200 watts. Impressive, but you can’t get it for free. The price for this technology is an extra 2,000 euro ($2,700 at the current exchange rates) on top of the base price for the car.

Meanwhile, the Mercedes SLK is still scampering about with its bland black camouflage , so we’ll have to wait for more teasers to appear to get better details for the next generation sports car.


The next Mercedes SLK AMG has been caught testing for the first time. The future model is codenamed R172 and will be inspired by the F800 Concept unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The car will feature a large, trapezoidal front grille similar to the one from the SLS AMG supercar, a rear spoiler also similar to the one from the SLS ,and a new side vent. There are also larger wheels and brakes, a more aggressive air intake on the front spoiler, and quad-exhaust tips.

The car will replace the current SLK55 and will most likely be powered by the same V8 engine found in the C63 AMG that delivers a total of 457bhp.

However, before the AMG version, we will see the standard SLK Roadster go on sale in April 2011. It will be offered with a diesel engine and a four-cylinder 2.1 twin-turbo engine producing 204 hp and 500 Nm.

Source: Autocar

The next generation Mercedes SLK is expected to make its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Until then all we can do is make suppositions on what it will look like and what engines will be placed under the hood.

The latest render comes from the German magazine AutoBild, who suggests that the 2012 SLK will take its DNA design language from the new SLS AMG sports car. The latest spy shots also reveal the next SLK will feature a F1 nose, a less optical tapered rectangular grille, a large chrome bar, and an optional glass roof.

For the first time ever, the SLK will be offered with a diesel engine and a four-cylinder 2.1 twin-turbo engine producing 204 hp and 500 Nm. The SLK 250 CDI will be well equipped to tease the Audi TT Roadster TDI and Alfa Romeo Spider . The SLK 350 CGI will be powered by the new 306 hp V6 engine and will be aimed at models like the BMW Z4 .

Sales will begin in April 2011.

Source: AutoBild

Mercedes Italy has unveiled the special edition SLK Naked, a model inspired by nature and sport and aimed for the young audience. It will be limited to only 99 units and will be offered exclusively with the engine from the 184 hp 200 Kompressor . The official debut will be made at the World Ducati Week on June 10-13, 2010.

The SLK Naked will be offered with customizable options including 18" 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels, burnished headlights and tailights, an AMG rear spoiler, and an air conditioning THERMATIC automatic. The SLK also features options such as a sophisticated sound system 20 dual tuner, MP3, Bluetooth handsfree, and 9 speakers.

It will be available in white limestone, Palladio Silver, Grey, and Black oxidising, or, on request, Silk Cashmere White, Grey, and Grey Alani platinum. The interior gets aluminum inserts and nappa leather.

The Mercedes SLK Naked starts off at a price of 40,900 euros in Italy.


In a recent interview with Automotive news, Mercedes’ U.S. boss talked about the company’s future, and we have to admit, it looks promising. First he confirmed that the new generation SLK will be unveiled in 2011: "We will get a lot of new product in 2011, and it will be spread over the year. We’ll have a new SLK on the market in April and a new M class midyear. We still have fresh product — the E class won’t be too old."

Next, for those of you waiting for a diesel engine on the US market, we can confirm that the first to offer one will be the E-Class this September. It will be followed by C-Class and GLK. The next B-Class, on the other hand, will be offered with new four-cylinder engines (same as the 2013 C-Class).


When Mercedes unveiled theMercedes SLK back in 1996 it proved to be a very successful model. Then, the Merceds received a facelift in the second generation back in 2004 that left us with a revised body and enhanced performance. This second generation SLK went on to considered one of Car and Driver’s Ten Best and won the Canadian Car of the Year’s Best New Convertible award. Unfortunately, it seems we have arrived at another fork in the road that can leave a withering SLK or allow it to transform, yet again, into the popular vehicle it once was. Mercedes seems to have chosen the latter route and recent spy shots reveal some pretty impressive changes.

Of course, the brand new SLS AMG will serve as model for the next generation Mercedes SLK. We also noticed that Mercedes has decided to ditch the F1 nose. That, together with a less optical tapered rectangular grille, a large chrome bar, and an optional glass roof leave us pretty satisfied with the model.

The SLK will welcome a diesel engine for the first time and in 2012 with also see a four-cylinder 2.1 twin-turbo engine producing 204 hp and 500 Nm. The SLK 250 CDI will be well equipped to tease theAudi TT Roadster TDI and Alfa Romeo Spider. A SLK 350 CGI will be powered by the new 306 hp V6 engine and will aim at models like the BMW Z4 .

The new SLK will be revealed by the end of the year and sales will begin in early 2011.


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