Mercedes Benz SLK 2LOOK The black dashboard is made from a textured, soft-touch material for a practical but comfortable feel.
The black dashboard is made from a textured, soft-touch material for a practical but comfortable feel. Some of the interior upgrades seen during the last revamp have been retained for the Mercedes Benz SLK 2LOOK. The three-spoke, multifunctional steering wheel for example and the new 3D bezels that surround the crisp chronograph-style instrument dials.
The Mercedes Benz SLK 2LOOK's centre console houses the standard Audio 20 system comprising radio and single CD player, nine speakers, a 5-inch full-colour screen, which in radio mode, is reminiscent of an old fashioned tuning bar but using buttons to change stations, in place of a dial. The system also features a telephone pad, and also comes with Bluetooth hands-free. There are plenty of audio upgrades available including the Harman Kardon Logic7 system, which greatly improves the clarity and sound quality, especially during open-top driving.
The central tunnel seems quite high when ensconced in the hip-hugging sports seats but the stubby, short-throw gear shift falls nicely to hand, as does the equally short parking brake handle. Just ahead of this is the button for the vario roof.
It takes 22 seconds for the hard-top to open or close, moving in balletic fashion from coupe to roadster or vice-versa. The Mercedes Benz SLK 2LOOK has a transparent wind deflector between the seats in place of the standard fabric and although heated seats are an option across the range, as is the AIRSCARF both are included in this Special Edition. The AIRSCARF blows heated air through a vent in the seat, at neck level. It has three settings and helps to keep you snug and warm for open-top motoring on crisp, bright winter days.
2008 also saw some changes to the exterior. At the front, where there was one large intake, there is now a modified air-dam, resembling a 'splitter' and a more pronounced 'V'. The three-pointed star is a little more prominent thanks to sharper contouring and the overall effect is almost brutally aggressive and altogether sharper. The same can be said of the rear end with its new diffuser-style, lower bumper and AMG-inspired darkened tail light lenses.
Although the 16-inch alloys are the norm for the Mercedes Benz SLK 200 Kompressor, the 2LOOK gains 18-inch, twin-spoke alloys in Titanium Silver or Chrome Shadow and the car is further differentiated by black surrounds to the light clusters and a 2LOOK badge.
The words 'crisp' and 'sharp' have appeared quite a lot in this report and for good reason, but they apply to more than cosmetic features. The Mercedes Benz SLK 2LOOK's steering is exceptionally 'crisp' and positive. It feels a tad weighty but not overly so - more a comfortingly solid feel that goes with the taut handling, which is best experienced on that open road and fast bends. It also goes a long way to illustrating why the SLK is something of a cult car.
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|