The new Mercedes Benz SLK-Class Roadster was launched in the UK in the summer of 2004 replacing the successful first-generation model which enjoyed sales of over 308,000.
The new SLK serves as a symbol for the new, dynamic brand image of Mercedes Benz. and is even more alluring, more powerful and sportier than ever.
Four models are available the 4-cylinder 200 KOMPRESSOR, 280 V6, 350 V6 and the range topping V8 SLK 55 AMG delivering 360 bhp. Transmissions range from the 6-speed manual standard on the 200 KOMPRESSOR, 280 and 350 (5-speed automatic transmission available as a £1,450 option on the 200 KOMPRESSOR). 7G-Tronic the worlds first 7-speed automatic transmission for passenger cars is available as a £1,770 option on the 280 and 350 models and is standard on the SLK 55 AMG.
Prices start at £28,045 for the SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR and rise to £50,530 for the SLK 55 AMG.
With tough competition in the form of the Audi TT Roadster, BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster we tested the SLK 350 to find out if Mercedes Benz's new roadster iS-Class leader material.
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