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2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    Six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    201 @ 5500
  • MPG(Cty):
    22
  • MPG(Hwy):
    32
  • Torque @ RPM:
    229 @ 2000
  • Displacement:
    1.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    44450
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The Mercedes SLK was announced in 1996, then put on sale in 1997. Up to this point, it has been through three different generation, and each generation the SLK borrowed styling elements from other Mercedes models, leaving it without its own identity. The first generation, for example looked like the SL, the second generation borrowed the nose of the SLR McLaren, and the third one features SLS-inspired headlights.

But even so, the SLK has proven itself to be a pretty cool roadster, and when the third generation launched on the market in 2011, Mercedes brought tons of innovative new features like panorama roof and Magic Sky Control.

The 2014 SLK is offered in two different versions: SLK250 and SLK350, with prices starting from $44,450. Sure, the SLK is a little pricey, but its standard features make it well worth the price.

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This is Not the Way to Trade your Mercedes SLK for a Tesla Model S

This is Not the Way to Trade your Mercedes SLK for a Tesla Model S

It was supposedly an accident, by we all know Mercedes drivers hate electric cars…

Imagine for a minute that you’re a Tesla salesman and beautiful San Francisco, California and just got back from your overpriced lunch. You take a deep breath and smell the air that is the glory of your liberated EV showroom. You’ve had a good week so far, sold a couple of cars, then all of the sudden: BAM, Crash, Smack. You look up, and there’s a Mercedes SLK staring you in the face with a (presumably) scared senior citizen behind the wheel rocking out to AC/DC and sporting his bald-man mullet. What the hell just happened here? Well, as much as I would like to report that some Mercedes driver has just had enough with all of this damn EV, ICE-killing drama that’s plaguing the automotive market place, I really have to report that this old man simply made a huge mistake while attempting to overtake some vehicles but using a bus lane.

As the story goes, our old friend was hoping to pass some traffic in a bus lane, but as it turns out that bus lane was about to end. He said that he thought it was a third lane, but come on – we all know better. He then panicked and tried to hit the brake, but put the accelerator to the floor instead. As a result, he jumped a curb, smucked a tree, shot across a crosswalk, took out a mail box, sign, and traffic control box, then wedge his SLK into a Tesla showroom. Fortunately, and we’re not sure how, nobody was seriously injured, but the Tesla showroom is now tasked with replacing a pair of ridiculously large 15-foot tall glass windows. A BMW 5 Series did take some minor damage as a result of the accident too, but it will likely drive another day. As for that SLK, well, It’s not likely it’ll see the light of day again.

On a different note, I have to say this vaguely reminds me of a certain South Park episode that addressed the concern with old folks behind the wheel. Now, not all seniors are bad drivers – I’m not going to be the guy that claims that – but this guy should certainly get an award for reminding us to watch out for Grandpa when he’s trying to find the nearest buffet, don’t you think? Check out the video that shows off the aftermath of this crazy accident below.

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2015 Mercedes SLK55 AMG "Performance Studio" Edition

2015 Mercedes SLK55 AMG "Performance Studio" Edition

Introduced for the 2012 model year, shortly after the redesigned, third-generation SLK was launched, the SLK55 AMG soldiered on without any significant changes through 2014. Although the previous model received a facelift in its fourth year on the market, the current SLK55 AMG sits in showrooms with the same exterior appearance and the same 5.5-liter V-8 engine under its hood. That’s likely to change sooner than later, but Mercedes-Benz has no plans to do that for 2015. Fortunately enough for those looking for a slightly updated model, AMG’s Performance Studio is trying to save the day with a bespoke take on the powerful roadster.

Sadly, the fact that the SLK55 AMG is long in the tooth is evident in this "Performance Studio" package as well. Exterior changes aren’t very significant, with only a new paint job, a set of wheels and a new exhaust up for grabs. The interior received a bit more attention and even a set of SLS AMG seats, but is that enough to make up for the lack of body updates? Read on to found the answer to that question.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLK55 AMG "Performance Studio" Edition.

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Video: MotorTrend Puts Jaguar F-Type V-6 S and Mercedes SLK55 AMG Head to Head

Video: MotorTrend Puts Jaguar F-Type V-6 S and Mercedes SLK55 AMG Head to Head

Grab a bag of popcorn boys and girls, MotorTrend’s latest episode of "Head 2 Head" is live on YouTube! Pitted against one another this time is the Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG and the Jaguar F-Type V-6 S. Both are convertibles, and both come with plenty of drop-top attitude.

Up first is the 2014 Mercedes SLK55 AMG, which is powered by a 5.5-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 making 415 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. The AMG mill is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear tires. The combination is good for a 0-to-60-mph run of just 4.2 seconds on its way to a 12.6-second quarter mile run at 113.3 mph. Around the skid pad, the Merc holds a 0.93 G of lateral acceleration.

The Jaguar F-Type V-6 S is similarly matched with the Mercedes, though its power comes from a V-6. The Jag’s supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 kicks out 375 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission does the shifting, while the rear tires lay power to the ground. The Jag has a respectable 0-to-60-mph run of 4.4 seconds and does the quarter mile in 13 seconds flat at 108.7 mph. The F-Type matches the SLK in road holding, laying down 0.93 G.

MotorTrend host Jonny Lieberman takes the two contenders to two of their natural habitats: the beach and the back roads. Both cars excel in both areas, though the SLK got negative remarks about its high doors, slow transmission, and lackluster interior. The Jaguar, on the other hand, got almost nothing but praise for its ridiculous exhaust, ZF-sourced eight-speed tranny, solid brakes, and smooth steering.

For more, just watch the video. Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

The Mercedes news keeps on rolling in with the latest bits of information regarding the next-generation SLK roadster, which will be renamed the SLC-Class starting with the 2016 model year. Destined for debut as a 2018 model, it’s reported the new drop top will feature a hybrid powertrain similar to the new C-Class sedan.

According to AutoExpress, the new SLC will also ride on the modular sports car architecture (MSA), just as the larger SL roadster. The new underpinnings will allow the SLC to accept a larger variety of engine and transmission options not currently available. That, combined with the C-Class’ plug-in hybrid powertrain, opens the possibilities for an all-wheel-drive option as well.

Living up to its name, the modular sports car architecture allows engineers to easily change the lengths, widths, and wheelbases. This will help differentiate the SLC from the larger SL-Class, while keeping engineering and manufacturing costs to a minimum. Even with the new platform, the SLC’s production will continue in the current factory in Bremen, Germany. The SL-Class will shift production to that location as well.

Mercedes’ crusade to improve fuel efficiency surely means some weight reduction over the current car. Weighing in at 3,163 pounds, the SLC is already a fairly light car, but could still stand to lose a few pounds. A reduced curb weight would also help it better compete again the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4 Roadster.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2018 Mercedes SLC-Class.

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Next Mercedes-Benz SL to Lose Retractable Hardtop

Next Mercedes-Benz SL to Lose Retractable Hardtop

If you’ve been a fan of the retractable hardtop on the Mercedes SL and, prepare yourself for some bad news. Apparently, the next-generation SL will be available only as soft-top models. The SLK, which will share its underpinnings with the SL in the next generation, will carry on with its hard top.

The changes are still significant enough that it could alter the look of the SL. But that’s the gamble Mercedes in trying to reduce the car’s weight. In some ways, that could be a boon for fans of the luxury roadster, as less weight means it will use its power more effectively.

Speaking of power, the next-gen SL and SLK models are also expected to be offered with new engines, including four- and six-cylinders for the SLK, and a new 3.0-liter, inline-six for the SL. Performance numbers haven’t been announced just yet, but the four-cylinder in the SLK is likely able to produce around 240 horsepower, with the six-cylinder ticked significantly higher at around 335 horsepower to 435 horsepower. As for the SL’s new inline-six, that baby could have 365 ponies on tap.

With all these changes in tow, don’t expect these changes to happen soon, as a next-gen SL isn’t expected until 2021.

Note: Current Mercedes SLK pictured here.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK CarbonLOOK Edition

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK CarbonLOOK Edition

As special edition-models go, Mercedes-Benz has proven that it’s more than capable of thinking outside of the bow with the arrival of a pair of special edition Merc models at the Geneva Motor Show.

One of these two models is called the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition, a surprisingly confusing name for an otherwise incredible car.

Notwithstanding that little peculiarity about this dark reaper of the night, the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition features a wide range of upgrades to the body, interior and performance, although that last part doesn’t come with any boost in engine output.

Be that as it may, the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition lives up to its name as a real-looker, if only for the fact that all that black on a sports roadster makes it looks so spine-tingly...evil.

The SLK CarbonLOOK Edition is available for a variety of models, including the SLK 200, SLK 250, SLK 350 and SLK 250 CDI at an extra cost of anywhere between €6,426 and €6,902 euros (incl. VAT), depending on the variant. Based on current conversions, that equates to around $8,820 to $9,500.

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Car Gift Idea: Carlsson SLK340 Limited Edition Chronograpgh

Car Gift Idea: Carlsson SLK340 Limited Edition Chronograpgh

Just in time for the holidays, Mercedes tuner extraordinaire, Carlsson, is offering a select few customers a chance to own a limited-edition timepiece. Called the SLK 340 chronograph, the same name of the one-off competition car built by Carlsson and presented at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the 99-piece chronograph features a decadent of luxurious pieces befitting its exclusive label.

The watch comes with an ionized matte-black stainless-steel bracelet that features two contrasting gloss-black link highlights. One look at the face and you’ll instantly be reminded of its motorsports inspiration, further emphasized by a red second hand, subsidiary dials, and luminous points and hands, making for an ideal watch to have in your wrist when in the dark.

The tachymeter scale on the bezel and the date display enhance the versatile appeal of the watch while the 45 mm diameter case was machined from stainless steel and treated with the same durable ionized matte-black finish of the stainless steel bracelet.

As was mentioned, the Carlsson SLK 340 chronograph is limited to only 99 units at &euro299 a pop, which is a little over $400 based on current exchange rates.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

The Mercedes SLK was announced in 1996, then put on sale in 1997. Up to this point, it has been through three different generation, and each generation the SLK borrowed styling elements from other Mercedes models, leaving it without its own identity. The first generation, for example looked like the SL, the second generation borrowed the nose of the SLR McLaren, and the third one features SLS-inspired headlights.

But even so, the SLK has proven itself to be a pretty cool roadster, and when the third generation launched on the market in 2011, Mercedes brought tons of innovative new features like panorama roof and Magic Sky Control.

The 2014 SLK is offered in two different versions: SLK250 and SLK350, with prices starting from $44,450. Sure, the SLK is a little pricey, but its standard features make it well worth the price.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 Radar Safety Edition

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 Radar Safety Edition

We could be really gracious and compliment Japan for all the special-edition Mercedes models it’s been getting in the past few months. Or we could be really jealous at all the attention the German automaker is showing for that country. Either way, it’s certainly fun to be a Mercedes lover in Japan these days.

Less than a month after introducing the Mercedes GLA-Class Edition 1 in Japan, Mercedes Japan has announced yet another limited-run model, this time for the SLK-Class.

The exact name of the model is the Mercedes SLK 200 Radar Safety Edition, which takes its name from the apparent inclusion of the Radar Safety Package into the list of features that drop-top sports car comes with. If you’re not too familiar with that package, it apparently comes with Brake Assist Plus, Blind Spot Assist, PRE-SAFE Brake, and Lane Keeping Assist.

In addition to the technological goodies it has at its disposal, the SLK 200 Radar Safety Edition also comes with a standard AMG Sport package to go with a an interior that’s been dressed in Bengal Red Nappa leather, complemented by black trims throughout the cabin.

No performance numbers were given, so expect the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine of the standard SLK 200, one that develops 184 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. This is good enough to cover 0 to 60 mph in seven seconds with a top speed of 149 mph.

Only 100 models of the SLK 200 Radar Safety Edition will be released, with each model priced at JPY6.33 million. When converted, that’s $64,800.

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2013 Mercedes SLK by Expression Motorsport

2013 Mercedes SLK by Expression Motorsport

The current Mercedes SLK (R172) was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and since then, aftermarket companies have paid lots of attention to it. Expression Motorsport is the latest one that has shown some love to the SLK. For this program, the German tuner came up with a pretty cool wide body aero kit that enhances both racing aesthetics and performance on the track.

The tuner started by adding larger openings in the front bumper and hood vents, helping improve the car’s engine cooling. If you think about it, the car really needed this update since its 302-horsepower, 3.5 liter direct injected engine needs all the air cooling it can get. Plus, for a better engine sound, the tuner also installed a double twin tip exhaust system.

The car sits on a new set of 20-inch wheels combined with a lowered suspension that offers the car a more aggressive look.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLK by Expression Motorsport.

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Carlsson Releases C-Tronic CB Kits For Mercedes-Benz Four-Cylinder CGI Engines

Carlsson Releases C-Tronic CB Kits For Mercedes-Benz Four-Cylinder CGI Engines

For all of you that have a Mercedes CGI turbocharged engine in your late-model Mercedes – engine codes M270, M271EVO and M274 – Carlsson has announced that it now offers CB kits to help bump power by up to 28 percent.

The base CB kit is an adapter plug that goes between the vehicle wiring harnesses and the factory ECU. This little nugget of joy communicates with the various electronic systems within your Benz, assessing the driving situation and conditions, and making adjustments to optimize power.

There’s no need to worry about reliability when you install this kit, as it includes safety checks that help prevent damage that some other tuning kits may cause. First, the CB kit waits for the engine oil temperature to reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) before the performance boosts activate. Secondly, the CB kit closely monitors the limits of the CGI engine (oil temperature, coolant temperature, etc.) and drops the ECU to its normal performance if these limits are reached.

This kit’s improvements range from a 24-horsepower gain in the A 180 and B 180 to a 42-horsepower gain in the A 250 and B 250.

For those that want some extra power from the M271EVO engine lineup, the CBS kit is available too, which adds a larger and freer-flowing intercooler to the base CB kit. The power increases from the CBS kit range from 35 horsepower in the C 250, E 250 and SLK 250 to 45 horsepower in the C 180.

When you purchase this kit, Carlsson further shows its dedication to keeping your Benz running by taking over the manufacturer’s drivetrain warranty for two years or 100,000 km (62,137 miles).

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2013 Carlsson SLK 340

2013 Carlsson SLK 340

Carlsson will unveil a one-off race car based on the new generation Mercedes SLK-Class at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The new race car will be used in national and international hill climb races in the E1 category, starting 2013 racing season.

The racecar has been developed from scratch on a body shell in an attempt to keep the weight down to only 1,719 pounds. Under the hood, you will find a 3.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers an impressive 610 horsepower and a peak torque of 317 pound-feet. The engine is mated to a Hewland transmission with a paddle shift.

Carlsson also installed an ultra-lightweight body kit made of carbon fiber and a set of BBS racing wheels sized 10-by-18 inches up front and 13-by-18 inches on the rear. A three-way adjustable KW competition suspension keeps the racecar on the tarmac and a high-performance brake system made of ultra-light material to drag it to a halt.

For the interior, the tuner installed a pair of racing seats from Fibreworks and a complex safety cage.

Full details will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Geneva.

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Mercedes is Giving Away a Lease on a 2013 SLK250

Yeah, the SLK250 isn’t quite an SLS AMG, but it’s still a damn-fine car with plenty of pop. Its 201-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-pot is enough to keep us all happy and Mercedes is doing its best to make one lucky person even happier with an SLK250 – for 13 months at least.

Mercedes-Benz is running a contest through its Facebook page that allows you to win a 13-month lease on this sharp-looking drop-top. All you have to do to enter is head over at the contest link and submit a photo of what your Mercedes-Benz summer would look like. No, it doesn’t have to include you driving a Benz, it can be you with “Mercedes-Benz” written in the sand.

You’re allowed to submit a photo every day until the contest is over. The contest ends on September 10th at 11:59 a.m. EST (one minute before noon for those that have issues with the 12 a.m. or p.m. deal). The winner will be picked on or around September 20th and will be notified via telephone, email, and U.S. mail. In addition to the car, Mercedes-Benz is kind enough to give you an additional $7,500 to offset the taxes you have to pay on the car – so thoughtful of them.

Now the bad part... Just like any lease, you are limited to a total of only 15,000 miles per year. So no cruising the beach all day and night trying to pawn this Mercedes off as yours, only to have your lie exposed just a year later when you pick up your new fiance in your 1975 GMC K1500... Not like you’d do that, right??

Anyways, head on over to Mercedes’ Facebook page and submit a picture to have the opportunity to borrow an SLK 250 for 13 months.

Click past the jump to check out all of the rules.

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2012 Mercedes SLK by Carlsson

2012 Mercedes SLK by Carlsson

This is not the first tuning package we’ve seen for the new generation SLK-Class, but when it comes to Mercedes models, Carlsson always seems to do an extraordinary job. And their package for the new SLK set to be revealed in Geneva next week is no exception. The new package offers an impressive exterior and interior kit, as well as an increase of 38 HP for the SLK250 version.

For the exterior, Carlsson added a new front spoiler, a carbon fiber RS front spoiler lip, and Carlsson grille inserts made from electro-polished stainless steel. For the rear, the package adds new skirt inserts, a new diffuser, and a new spoiler for increased downthrust. The car sits on a new set of 19" wheels combined with a new suspension system that lowers the car’s ride by 30 millimeters.

For the interior, the tuner put in Nappa Exclusive leather, Carlsson pedal overlays, Carlsson footrests, Carlsson door locking pins made from brushed aluminum, door sill panels, and a glass wind deflector with the laser-printed Carlsson logo.

A CB25 S performance kit takes care of the 1.8 four-cylinder engine by increasing the power from the standard 201 HP to 239 HP. The performance kit was combined with a new stainless steel rear muffler with four oval tailpipes.

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2012 Mercedes SLK55 AMG

2012 Mercedes SLK55 AMG

Shortly after the release of the 2012 Mercedes SLK-Class, members of the automotive community began wondering what the AMG versions would be carrying under their bonnets. After a few months of teasing and spying, Mercedes has finally released the details surrounding the 2012 Mercedes SLK55 AMG leading up to its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

With all the details and information we received about the car, it seems that most of them will come with the version we’ll see in Frankfurt, including changes like an improved hood/nose shape with a new front spoiler, a new air dam with larger intake inlets, and rectangular quad-tipped tailpipes. The Mercedes will also get its usual array of large and shiny forged alloy wheels, big brakes, AMG badging, and color options.

The 2012 Mercedes SLK55 AMG is powered by a new 5.5-liter V8 engine that will deliver 422 horsepower with a peak torque of 398 lbs/ft. This engine will be mated to a 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic with AMG SpeedShift technology.

UPDATE 12/29/2011: Mercedes has unveiled yet another new video of their latest SLK 55 AMG in action. Enjoy!

More details on the 2012 Mercedes SLK55 AMG after the jump.

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2012 Mercedes SLK 55 AMG Streetfighter Yellow

2012 Mercedes SLK 55 AMG Streetfighter Yellow

The 2011 Bologna Motor Show will play host to a special collaboration between Mercedes and Ducati that includes a special edition model from both companies.

On the side of the German automaker, the vehicle is based on the 2012 Mercedes SLK 55 AMG. Inspired by the new Ducati Streetfighter 848, the SLK 55 AMG comes dressed with a "Streetfighter Yellow" exterior paint finish, an extraordinarily unique and aesthetically pleasing color scheme that is available as an optional special color variant courtesy of the AMG Performance Studio. Other unique highlights of the SLK 55 AMG Streetfighter Yellow include an interior that has been dressed with Black Nappa leather with contrasting yellow stitching. This material can be found on the door center panels, the beltlines, armrests, leather-covered roll-over bars, dashboard, the shift lever gaiter, and the AMG Performance steering wheel. The yellow theme of the SLK 55 AMG Stealthfighter Yellow continues with illuminated AMG door sill panels that feature LED technology, further accentuating the overall theme of the most powerful SLK of all time.

Speaking of power, the SLK 55 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces an impressive 422 horsepower and 398 lb/ft of torque. Those figures translate to a 0-62 mph time of just 4.6 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

It may not have any performance boost, but you only need to look at the car to understand that even without power modifications, the SLK AMG 55 Stealthfighter Yellow is delightfully awesome.

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2012 Mercedes SLK-Class by Vath

2012 Mercedes SLK-Class by Vath

Fresh off of revealing their new tuning program for the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG, German tuning company Vath is pulling the wraps off their latest work: a comprehensive program for the 2012 SLK-Class.

The visual improvements done on the new SLK roadster include a new carbon front spoiler, a bootlid spoiler, a new rear diffuser, AMG-style tailpipes, and a new set of 20" tinted wheels with upgraded brake discs and calipers. Inside, Vath put in new aluminum sport pedals, Vath floor mats, and a modified instrument cluster, among other things.

For all the goodies that come with the aesthetic and aerodynamic modifications, the biggest part of Vath’s tuning program for the SLK includes power upgrades for all the engines in the SLK’s range, with the SLK55 AMG being the only exception.

The SLK200, with it’s 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, received a noticeable bump in output from the standard 184 horsepower to 210 horsepower and 229 lb/ft of torque with a new top speed of 150 mph.

Then there’s the SLK250, which is powered by a 2.1-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 204 horsepower. After the Vath power upgrade was put in, the sports car received an increased output of 244 horsepower and 265 lb/ft of torque with a top speed of 155 mph.

Finally, there’s the 3.5-liter V6-powered SLK350, which saw its own power increase from the standard model’s 304-horsepower output all the way up to 330 horsepower and 288 lb/ft of torque with a top speed of 167 mph.

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2012 Mercedes Benz SLK 200 Blue Efficiency by Project Kahn

2012 Mercedes Benz SLK 200 Blue Efficiency by Project Kahn

Project Kahn, a British tuning firm with eyes for Land Rover models, has switched its focus this time around to take a look at the brand new Mercedes SLK 200 Blue Efficiency. The tuner’s new package works on adding more power to improve performance and provide a unique sense of motor supremacy.

To achieve this, Project Kahn began with a full AMG sport pack, including front and rear bumpers and side skirts. The black exterior finish is molded into something a little more spectacular with a matte black and carbon finished grille, carbon front splitters, red calipers, matte black side vents, brushed aluminum roll bars, and a remote control roof. The interior was only slightly tweaked with a black and red quilted leather interior.

As for the engine upgrade, Kahn opted for a Brabus engine with a powerful, supercharged four-cylinder that increases the output by 30 HP and a plug-and-play auxiliary control module that adds another 26 HP. This brings the total output up to 240 HP. The Mercedes was then given a lowered suspension and a Kahn exhaust, as well as a 7g Tronic 7 speed automatic transmission.

The Mercedes SLK 200 Blue Efficiency by Project Kahn is priced at about £42,875, or about $58,854 at the current rates, give or take any additional modifications the customer chooses.

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2012 Mercedes SLK 250 CDI

2012 Mercedes SLK 250 CDI

Mercedes-Benz is debuting their new diesel-powered convertible at the Frankfurt Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz has announced that they will be debuting their updated model for their flagship SLK convertible at the Frankfurt Auto Show, but with an unprecedented twist by the German luxury brand: it’s a diesel.

That’s right, for the first time, the SLK will feature a turbocharged-four diesel engine. The 2012 SLK 250 CDI comes full of new features and a few drips of technology including their 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission, magic sky roof, and the airscarf.

More than just a few upgrades, the new super-sleep SLK offers an elongated ride lending to more cabin and trunk space, an improved steering control and braking system to handle the diesel oomph, and three other petrol engines if you so choose.

At $60,065, it’s one of the more expensive roadsters in its market, but promises to be fun, and of course, luxurious.

Hit the jump to read on about the 2012 SLK 250 CDI.

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2012 Mercedes SLK by Brabus

2012 Mercedes SLK by Brabus

While everyone is still waiting for the new Mercedes SLK55 AMG, German tuner Brabus has decided to give a little flavor to the recently launched SLK-Class. Their target was to provide a good idea as to what the future AMG model will look like, so they included exterior and interior updates and a few engine tricks to spice things up.

For starters, Brabus added a new front spoiler lip, side skirts, rear apron with new diffusers, and a boot lid wing. This was followed by new tailpipes and the obligatory new set of wheels, offered in 18", 19", or 20". The wheels can be ordered in a Mono block VI double spoke Design, Mono block A six-spoke Design, Mono block S double spoke Design, Mono block E 9, F, and Q series. We can’t imagine the interior was a major focus for this tuning project as there are not many changes from the standard SLK and the AMG model. Just as well, the tuner added leather upholstery, aluminum trims in matte finish, aluminum pedals, steel door sills, and floor mats with the Brabus logo.

What the AMG model will have that the standard SLK does not is a boost in power. Since the point of this package was to make a pseudo-SLK AMG, Brabus is offering two engine upgrade levels. The first includes an ECO PowerXtra cgi B20 that provides a jump of 26 HP and the second is the PowerXtra cgi B20 S that adds 41 HP, which leaves the SLK with 328 HP and 343 HP, respectively.

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New Mercedes Engine reported to power the new C class AMG

New Mercedes Engine reported to power the new C class AMG

In the modern age many models have been adorned with engines that feature turbochargers or superchargers in the pursuit of greater efficiency and higher speeds . Now with gas hovering close to $4 a gallon Mercedes Benz has carved their own path to introduce emissions reducing methods in addition to raising fuel efficiency . Mercedes Benz’s AMG division latest 5.5 liter V8 follows this automotive pied piper. This engine which makes its debut in the 2012 Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG will feature cylinder deactivation. This system according to Car and Driver" Cylinders 2, 3, 5, and 8 will deactivate depending on speed and engine load, but we’re told the engine will be able to run up to 3600 rpm in four-cylinder mode; if a changeover is required, it takes just 30 milliseconds to fire up the cylinders again." In order to save further fuel this engine is fitted with a start/stop system. But for don’t think for a minute it will become a sluggish elderly golf cart.

This engine even with all these efficiency adjustments this 5.5 liter V8 power plant pumps out a throaty 422 horsepower and a 398 ft/lbs of torque. This is a healthy 62 hp and 22 ft/lbs of torque increase over the outgoing SLK 55 AMG . The bad news is that if this is slotted into the next C63 it will represent a significant power reduction of 31 horsepower and 45 lbs/ft of torque.
We see this as a step forward for Mercedes and perhaps the beginning of the end for the big engined AMG Mercedes. Perhaps, this is the beginning of a new level of performance that turns away from V17 monster that runs on baby seal towards a more balanced car.

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2011 Mercedes SLK R172 Accurian RS by Piecha

2011 Mercedes SLK R172 Accurian RS by Piecha

Summer is just around the corner so to prepare your vehicle for those long rides on the beach, Piecha Design is offering their new "Accurian RS" package for owners of the Mercedes SLK. It doesn’t provide any extra oomph, but it will ensure the driver is riding in style with some nice exterior updates.

The new Accurian RS package combines a new front spoiler lip with lateral grids and a nifty cover that turns the grids into a three-part piece. The front of the Mercedes also gets LED daytime running lights on the right and left side before shifting the eye to the new side skirt covers and then the new rear diffuser (available in small or large versions). Still at the back of the car, the owner will receive QUADRO 4-tube mufflers on a reworked AMG styling rear apron and a classic rear spoiler lip. The car sits on black 19" wheels that are highlighted by the 25 mm lowering springs. The tuner is also offering a practical comfort top control, which allows for opening and closing of the top via the serial key. This feature will work for speeds of up to 37 mph.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

After quite a long time now, and many teaser images, Mercedes has finally dropped the official details on the 2012 Mercedes SLK Roadster. The model gets a totally new design, inspired by the legendary 190 SL from the 1950s, an innovative interior with features like Magic Sky Control.

The US market will get two petrol models - SLK 350 and SLK 250 - and, for the first time, a new 250 CDI model. Depending on the trim the new SLK will get a V6 or a four-cylinder engine, or the brand new diesel variant. The diesel powered Merc will get a 2.1 liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine dishing out 204 horsepower and 396 pound-feet of torque. These engines will be mated to a six-speed manual or a 7G‑TRONIC PLUS transmission. The fuel economy has been considerable improved, while the top speed is limited as usual at 155 mph.

UPDATE 10/13/2011 : Mercedes has unveiled new images of the new generation SLK-Class. Check them out in the gallery provided!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Mercedes SLK Roadster.

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Mercedes will bring new concept and new AMG model to NY Auto Show

Mercedes will bring new concept and new AMG model to NY Auto Show

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.

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2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK Final Performance RS by Piecha

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK Final Performance RS by Piecha

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.

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Magic Sky Control? Mercedes explains with new shots of the 2012 SLK

Magic Sky Control? Mercedes explains with new shots of the 2012 SLK

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.

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Next Mercedes SLK with Magic Sky Control spied

Next Mercedes SLK with Magic Sky Control spied

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.

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Next Mercedes SLK teased

Next Mercedes SLK teased

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.

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New Mercedes SLK AMG caught testing

New Mercedes SLK AMG caught testing

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.

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2012 Mercedes SLK rendered, again

2012 Mercedes SLK rendered, again

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.

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2010 Mercedes SLK Naked

2010 Mercedes SLK Naked

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.

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New Mercedes SLK coming in April 2011

New Mercedes SLK coming in April 2011

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).

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2012 Mercedes SLK rendered

2012 Mercedes SLK rendered

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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Mercedes SLK 200 has been dressed to crystalize

Mercedes SLK 200 has been dressed to crystalize

This Mercedes SLK 200 we found hanging out at the Elements Mall in Hong Kong is about as blinged up a car can ever get.

Dressed from head-to-toe in Swarovski crystal, there’s absolutely nothing subtle about this ride. Heck, even the car’s interior has been given the crystal treatment making us all wonder how somebody can go out on the streets of Hong Kong in this car and not get noticed.

We’re fans of adding a crystal touch on your car as long as its done with a great deal of restraint. Unfortunately, whoever made this crystal-decked SLK 200 doesn’t have the word ’restraint’ in his dictionary.

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Mercedes SLK R171 Performance RS

Mercedes SLK R171 Performance RS

Piecha Design has just revealed a new aerodynamic package for the current SLK. The kit includes a complete bumper including LED daytime headlights, a wide central spoiler sword and additional brake air channel, integrated fog lamps and lateral double gills. Additional modifications include side skirts with large air intake channels, LED skirt lamps, a new rear skirt with a wide grille insert, diffuser and additional under-floor wings.

The package is finished by 19 inch and 19/20 inch combination Piecha dp2 Phantom wheels. Also, the car has been lowered by 30 mm – not only for the perfect visual impression, but also to ensure the required wheel cover.

This kit provides the finishing touches to an already elegant Mercedes SLK bringing in the sporty look that will enthrall buyers everywhere.

Press release after the jump.

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Next Generation Mercedes SLK Rendering

Next Generation Mercedes SLK Rendering

There has been a lot of speculation on what the next generation Mercedes SLK will bring to the table. Many artists have even created renderings of what they think the third generation of the SLK will look like. This rendering, modeled after “carparazzi shots” shows a more retro feel than the previous models. Other visible changes are the new mirrors that improve forward visibility, different lights with LED turn and daytime running lights.

Mercedes’ baby roadster is highly anticipated yet slow to arrive. Talks about this new model go back as far as the eye can see and we are anxious to finally get a look at it. All we can say is if the actual car looks anything like the sexy rendering supplied to us then we cannot wait to take a cruise in that baby.

Unfortunately, not much has been said in regards to the specs for this vehicle so we must leave you with a promise to bring any further information as soon as we receive it.

Hit the jump for a second picture of the next generation Mercedes SLK.

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Mercedes SLK 55 AMG by VATH

Mercedes SLK 55 AMG by VATH

While waiting for the next generation SLK to come out of the Mercedes production facility, we have to "settle" for customized versions of the current sports car. The latest SLK to undergo a tuning set-up comes from VATH and is based on the SLK 55 AMG.

Naturally, the biggest changes that were made on the SLK can be found under the hood where the engine’s capacity has been improved to 5.8 liters and, when combined to a compressor, helps deliver an impressive 565 horsepower and 770 Nm of torque.

In addition to the engine upgrade, VATH also added sports pistons, sports distribution shafts, exhaust manifolds, catalysts of high-grade steel, sports exhaust silencers, polished cylinder heads, a sports air filter and a long-stroke crankshaft with the result of a top speed of 192 mph (up from the standard version’s 155 mph top speed).

Meanwhile the aerodynamic package includes, among other things, carbon front spoiler lips, varnished in black here, a rear diffuser and 19" polished rim wheels made from high-grade steel.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Mercedes SLK Grand Edition

2010 Mercedes SLK Grand Edition

Mercedes Benz has come up with a sultry special edition version of their compact hard top convertible, the SLK Grand Edition. The stylish package adds between 2300 and 3500 Euro to the base SLK and adds distinguishing designo graphite finish, exclusive 18 inch triple five spoke light weight alloy wheels, silver fins on the hood and color matched headlamp housings. On the inside, Mercedes Benz’s design team has added supple gray Nappa leather wrapped upholstery complete with embossed Grand Edition emblems in the seats as well as the newly developed AIRSCARF personal warming system integrated into the front headrests highlighted by red accent stitching. All in all the Grand Edition adds another layer of elegance to the Mercedes Benz SLK all at a great price.

Press release after the jump.

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Artist renders 2011 Mercedez-Benz SLK

Artist renders 2011 Mercedez-Benz SLK

The recent unveiling of the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Gullwing has been met with universal acclaim, so much so that talks of future Mercedes models being modeled after the car has began to circulate in and around a number of auto circles.

While nothing has been confirmed, it hasn’t stopped people from speculating as to whether the rumors have any weight on them. One car that’s been the subject of this constant speculation has been the next-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK, the brand’s ultra-chic compact hardtop-roadster. According to some people, the new SLK will bear styling similarities to that of the SLS AMG Gullwing and some others have – think creative visual artists – even gone to greath lengths to create a rendering of what they expect the new SLK will look like.

One such artist that has created his own take on the new SLK is Theophilus Chin with his work already being touted as a ‘mini SLS AMG Roadster’. Check out the photos and see for yourself Chin’s take on what the new SLK would look like.

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Video: 2012 Mercedes SLK spied testing

Video: 2012 Mercedes SLK spied testing

The future Mercedes Benz SLK has been caught on video. Set to be officially unveiled in 2012, the new SLK will be powered by both naturally aspirated and turbocharged gas burning engines and also a new turbo diesel unit. The AMG version will get an all new twin turbo 3.5 Liter V6 pumping out 470 HP in the compact roadster.

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2012 Mercedes SLK spied at Nurburgring

2012 Mercedes SLK spied at Nurburgring

The German luxury automaker, Mercedes Benz, has recently been spotted running laps around the Nurburgring in what appears to be the next generation SLK roadster heavily clad in automotive camouflage. With BMW coming out with the new Z4 roadster, it is very likely that the tri star company is ready to defend their position in the fun to drive small car segment with a new drop top SLK. The Mercedes Benz test engineers do an excellent job of disguising the SLK’s lines with the large panel over the hood amongst other tricks. The front end is much more squared off than the production model will be, as you can see by the driving lights hidden behind the holes in the faux front bumper.

Under the hood Mercedes will use their naturally aspirated gas burning V6 engine along with a range of smaller displacement turbocharged units. There are also rumors about a diesel engine to be used for the first time in the small runabout. Gone is the oversized hand built V8 and instead the AMG version will be powered by a 3.5 Liter twin turbo V6 that will put out somewhere around 470 HP.

This compact sports car ushered in the era of the hard top convertible, so what does Mercedes Benz have planned for the next generation of the SLK roadster? While we are still just speculating about the future equipment, it is not hard to dream about a fuel efficient green sports car derived from the lightweight open air two seat roadster. If diesel is becoming a possibility as an alternative fuel, it can’t be long before the German automaker begins playing around with electric propulsion.

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SLK-R from Expression Motorsport

SLK-R from Expression Motorsport

Expression Motorsport has developed three distinctive takes on the Mercedes Benz compact sports coupe, the SLK. The most aggressive being the R-Kit. Inspired by the SLR supercar, the body kit adds muscular attitude to the elegant Mercedes shape.

Technical details after the jump.

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Next SLK has problems during Nurburgring test

Next SLK has problems during Nurburgring test

Mercedes is rumored to be working on diesel and hybrid versions of the next SLK, so maybe its one those engine that tried to catch fire in this picture. Sure it may seem odd that this Merc had smoke coming out of the engine before completing one lap at the Nurburgring, but that’s exactly why test mules exist. Because this happened out testing, the same situation will likely not happen to any of Mercedes’ demanding customers.

The 2010 SLK will come with a new design including bigger front grille, LED running lights, and now possibly a fire extinguisher.

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Piecha Design SLK

Piecha Design SLK

The German tuners at Piecha Design go for the little touches with the Mercedes Benz SLK. This includes the “Intermedia” power converter, which replaces the senor underneath the gas pedal with the adjustable unit that improves acceleration. Also, the “Comfort Vario” roof module allows the hard top to be raised and lowered at speeds of up to 37 MPH.

More details in the press release after the jump.

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Mercedes SLK spy shot

Mercedes SLK spy shot

Mercedes can’t seem to keep its future sports cars under wraps. Not only have we seen a lot of spy shots and new info on the future SLS (formerly SLC), but now we’ve got one of the smaller, more afforadable future SLK.

When the new SLK hits the market in 2012, it will likely get a design updated to look more like the latest Mercedes family line. This should include a flatter grille like the one from the SL, and LED lights will be integrated into the lower half of the front bumper.

Some of the biggest news may be in the engine bay where Mercedes may offer an oil burner for the hardtop convertible. If given the green light, the likely candidate would be the 2.2-liter diesel unit already in service in the E-Class and C250. The engine produces 202 hp and 368b ft of torque, which could give this SLK a 0 to 60 mph time of about six seconds.

No word yet if the U.S. will be included in the new diesel SLK, but considering North America’s fear of diesel and love of power, we may just keep the 3.0-liter 224 hp gas engine for the base model.

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2009 Mercedes SLK 2LOOK Edition

2009 Mercedes SLK 2LOOK Edition

Mercedes revealed today at the Geneva Motor Show the special edition SLK 2LOOK, a model offered in either black or white colors. The special edition can be ordered with immediate effect in the engine variants SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR, SLK 300 and SLK 350 Sports Engine and adds an extra cost of 2100 euro. It will be limited to to 300 vehicles worldwide.

The SLK 2LOOK Edition is painted in either obsidian black metallic or the special finish designo mystic white and features 18 inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, discreet emblems on the wings.

The same contrasting black-and-white color scheme continues in the interior: sports seats in nappa leather – with the seat center panels in white and the contoured bolsters in black, the doors and center armrest are also in a contrasting black-and-white scheme.

Press release after the jump.

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Mercedes SLK V58K by Vath

Mercedes SLK V58K by Vath

Often times in their quest to transform a production car from stock, tuning companies end up overdoing it and produce cars that are just expensively ugly. There are times however when an example or two come away from a tuner without the appearance of trying too hard. One such example is the Väth V58K, an extreme interpretation of the Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG.

The German tuners deemed the 5.4-liter naturally aspirated engine found in the SLK 55 AMG to be insufficient for their needs. So they increased displacement to 5.8-liters and added a supercharger raising power from 360hp (269kW) to 560hp (421kW) and raising torque from 377lb-ft (510Nm) to 569lb-ft (770Nm). All this added power is enough to enable the car to sprint from 0-60 MPH (0-100km/h) in around 4 seconds. Only one second behind the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, and down from the 4.9 seconds that it takes the stock SLK 55 AMG. The car is now capable of achieving a maximum speed of 186mph (300km/h) an improvement over the electronically limited 155 MPH that comes from the factory.

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Mercedes SLK Gullwing rendering

Mercedes SLK Gullwing rendering

Mercedes may be going smaller with the gullwing. We’ve already seen plenty of spy shots and renderings of the upcoming SLC, but now we’re hearing rumors about a smaller SLK-sized gullwing sports car. But this little flyer has a twist, it will be a gas/electric hybrid.

So what would prompt Mercedes to make a smaller gullwing car? Could it be the initial buzz about the SLC that would make it want to have a more affordable vertical-door car? Actually no. The gullwing design allows the car to have a higher door line (like on the original 300 SL) so that it can hide some of the batteries for the green technology. This will help keep some weighty items in the middle of the car and less likely to effect handling.

An ideal set up for this car would include the 3.5-liter V6, which currently makes 305 hp in the SLK, combined with an F1 racing style KERS regenerative braking system. This car could have the ability to yield around 40 mpg and also provide real competition to the Porsche Cayman S and Audi TT RS.

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2010 Mercedes SLK to receive diesel engine

2010 Mercedes SLK to receive diesel engine

An inside source at Mercedes has told Automotive news that the next generation SLK will be fitted with an optional diesel engine. It will have the same 2.2L four-cylinder turbo diesel engine found in the current C250 CDI. The power plant is rated at 204hp with 369lb-ft of torque. In the C-Class sedan returns fuel-economy of 54.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 138g/km.

The new diesel is "perfect" for the SLK, the source told Automotive News. Output is high, it runs smoothly, and it’s appropriately fuel-efficient for the times, he said. At the other end of the spectrum, the AMG model is expected to pick up the hand-built 6.2L V8 engine found in the C63.

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Mercedes SLK 55 AMG by Rex Accelero

Mercedes SLK 55 AMG by Rex Accelero

Rex Accelero, a tuner that is not yet as well known as Brabus or Carlsson, unveiled its latest creation: a new wide body for the Mercedes SLK 55 AMG. The main idea of the kit is the extensions: the front fenders have been extended by 2.5 inches per side while the rear fenders have been extended by 2.75 inches.

Due to the fact that the vehicle you see is a prototype, the engine remained the same 5.5 liter V8 engine capable to deliver 360 hp, but don’t worry, according to the manufacturer the modifications will boost the engine to 500 hp taking out in this way the ”standard” SLK55 AMG. The kit consists of a new hood with a mean look, a re-designed front bumper, new side sills, a re-designed rear bumper with integrated carbon fiber air diffuser for better stability and a carbon fiber trunk spoiler.

Also, a new H&R sport springs system was installed lowering the car with over 25 millimeters. Although we said that the car is only a prototype, the good news is that the manufacturer says it will be accepting orders beginning in September.

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Mercedes SLK by Chrometec

Mercedes SLK by Chrometec

Although many of you folks may not know about the German tuning house Chrometec, the kit you will see for the Mercedes SLK will definitely remain in your mind. The stylish kit gives a plus of sporty looks to the vehicle. Including a new front bumper, new side sills and a really beautiful rear bumper with carbon fiber air diffuser, the kit is completed by a new exhaust system, which gives the engine a new sound. Also, in order to confer better handling new stylish 20” alloy wheels were added. No words about the price yet!

More photos and video after the jump!

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Mercedes SLK by Inden Design

Mercedes SLK by Inden Design

Everybody knows that the Mercedes SLK is already a chic vehicle but with the new customization program from Inden Design the German vehicle shows even more sportivity. The new kit features a re-designed front bumper with new fog lamps and rear bumper featuring an air diffuser with integrated exhaust system.

In order to improve the handling of the car a new suspension kit that lowers the vehicle with up to 30 millimeters was added together with 19 inch alloy wheels. The sound of the engine was also improved due to the new AMG exhaust system.

Price of the kit: 3250 euros.

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Mercedes SLK Passion 08: The Driver

Who said women can’t drive? This latest Mercedes SLK commercial from China wants to prove the contrary! She’s hot and a good driver! Are you interested gentlemen?

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