As 2009 comes to a close, we're going to go back to the early part of 2008.
As 2009 comes to a close, we're going to go back to the early part of 2008. In April of that year, the new and improved Mercedes Benz SLK Roadster was launched with the promise of better fuel economy, improved emissions and an "even more emotionally charged driving experience".
However, in June of this year (2009), Mercedes Benz decided to offer something for the summer - the special edition Mercedes Benz SLK 2LOOK. Potential customers who like exclusivity might be pleased to learn that there were only 150 2LOOK cars available in the UK. That was the original intention but I have since found out that in response to the demand, the 'run' was increased to 450 units. It makes it a little less elite but you are unlikely to see two in the same area.
The Mercedes Benz SLK 2LOOK takes the base SLK 200 Kompressor and adds some special goodies, but the main caveat is that you have to like black and white as that is the theme. For a start, the bodywork comes in Calcite Black or White but Obsidian Black Metallic is an option and the exotic designo Mystic White is available as a special order, adding a hefty £1,830 to the price. The test car came in this colour and although it is listed as metallic, it has more of a pearlescent, satin finish, which is very attractive.
The standard Mercedes Benz SLK 200 Kompressor has an OTR price of £29,445, while this Special Edition carries a price tag of £31,235. That is before some of the optional extras have been added. A quick calculation shows a price difference of £1,790 but the actual customer benefit is more in the region of £2,395. Exclusive and a bargain.
The Mercedes Benz SLK range underwent a substantial facelift in 2008, during which the 200 Kompressor gained new 16-inch alloys with a 5-spoke design and powered and heated door mirrors, twin chrome tailpipes, chrome framed foglamps, a car-wash-friendly aerial on the rear wing, green tinted glass, sports seats and a good many other things, except leather upholstery.
The seat covering and door panel are some of the most outstanding and distinguishing features of the Mercedes Benz SLK 2LOOK. The seats continue the black and white theme with white designo, fine nappa leather upholstery as the main colour and broad, black-leather edging running around the outer edge and shoulders. This is embellished with contrasting top-stitching and beautiful as it is, my first thoughts were penguin and how difficult would it be to keep clean?
This same soft leather can also be found covering the rake- and reach-adjustable steering wheel and the centre armrest-cum-storage. The roof lining is in black and the Mystic white exterior colour is carried over inside the cabin, in the form of a strip that breaks up the fascia. Furthermore, the Mercedes Benz SLK 2LOOK has black, velour carpets with white edging and 2LOOK logo.
Mercedes Benz SLK-Class Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mercedes Benz SLK 2LOOK|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.6 Seconds|
|Top Speed||147 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||47.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 23/11/09)||£31,235|