Advertisement

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

From Academic Kids

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Manufacturer:DaimlerChrysler AG
Production:1998 – present
Class:Sports car
Body Styles:5-door Coupé convertible
Competitors:Porsche Boxster
BMW Z4
Audi TT
Mazda Miata
Chrysler Crossfire
R170 (1998 model)
Missing image
Mercedes_SLK_200_schwarz.jpg
Mercerdes-Benz SLK 200 R170

Production:19982004
Engines:2.3 L I4
3.2 L V6
Related:Chrysler Crossfire
R171 (2004 model)
Missing image
Mercedes_SLK_200_K_R171.jpg
Mercedes-Benz SLK R171

Production:2004 – present
Engines:3.5 L V6
5.5 L V8
Length:4082 mm (160.7 in)
Width:1778 mm (70 in)
Height:1298 mm (51.1 in)
Curb weight:1465 kg (3230 lb)

The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a small luxury 2-door roadster. The name was chosen to reflect the company's intentions for the car - that it be Sportlich (sporty), Leicht (light), and Kompakt (compact). There have been two generations of SLK cars from Mercedes-Benz.

The vehicle is perhaps famous for its folding hardtop. While it did not pioneer it, the SLK revived its usage in modern automobiles. It was soon followed by the Peugeot 206 CC, Lexus SC 430 and its larger brother, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

1998

The R170-platform SLK was introduced in 1997 for model year 1998 as the SLK 230 to compete with the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z3. Setting it apart was its folding hardtop, but this added weight, denting the performance of the 185 hp 2.3 L supercharged I4 engine and automatic transmission. The SLK was on Car and Driver's Ten Best list for 1997.

A 5-speed manual transmission was added for 1999, but it was the introduction of a 215 hp 3.2 L V6 and 6-speed manual transmission in the 2001 SLK 320 that really brought the Sportlich to the car.

An AMG model was added in 2002, with a 349 hp supercharged version of the 3.2 L V6. This SLK32 AMG was the best-performing SLK ever, and was a suitable challenger for the BMW M Roadster and Porsche Boxster S. All Mercedes SLK's were built in Bremen, Germany. The very first Mercedes SLK was completed on January 29, 1997. The final 2004 Mercedes SLK was completed on April 7, 2004.

2005

The SLK was updated in 2005 with a new Formula One-inspired appearance and serious performance. The new R171-platform SLK was again on Car and Driver's Ten Best list for 2005, and it won the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Convertible award. Highlighting its potential appeal to women, New Zealand's Lucire magazine announced it as its 'Car to Be Seen in' for 2005. The current SLK is built in Bremen, Germany. The very first 2005 SLK was completed on May 24, 2004.

Models of the new SLK include:

  • SLK 200 Kompressor - 1.8 L 120 kW (163 hp DIN) engine, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) 7.9 seconds, top speed of 143 mph.
  • SLK 280 - 3.0 L (2996 cc) 170 kW (231 hp DIN) double overhead cam V6 engine, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) 6.3 seconds, top speed 155 mph.
  • SLK 350 - new 3.5 L (3498 cc) 200 kW (272 hp DIN) V6 engine, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) 5.5 seconds, top speed 155 mph (electronically limited).
  • SLK 55 AMG - 5.5 L (5439 cc) 265 kW (360 hp DIN) V8 engine, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) 4.9 seconds, top speed 155 mph (electronically limited).

External link

Template:Commons

fr:Mercedes-Benz Classe SLK sv:Mercedes-Benz SLK


Template:Mercedes-Benz vehicles

Navigation

Academic Kids Menu

  • Art and Cultures
    • Art (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Art)
    • Architecture (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Architecture)
    • Cultures (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Cultures)
    • Music (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Music)
    • Musical Instruments (http://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/List_of_musical_instruments)
  • Biographies (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Biographies)
  • Clipart (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Clipart)
  • Geography (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Geography)
    • Countries of the World (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Countries)
    • Maps (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Maps)
    • Flags (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Flags)
    • Continents (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Continents)
  • History (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/History)
    • Ancient Civilizations (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Ancient_Civilizations)
    • Industrial Revolution (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Industrial_Revolution)
    • Middle Ages (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Middle_Ages)
    • Prehistory (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Prehistory)
    • Renaissance (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Renaissance)
    • Timelines (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Timelines)
    • United States (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/United_States)
    • Wars (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Wars)
    • World History (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/History_of_the_world)
  • Human Body (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Human_Body)
  • Mathematics (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Mathematics)
  • Reference (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Reference)
  • Science (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Science)
    • Animals (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Animals)
    • Aviation (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Aviation)
    • Dinosaurs (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Dinosaurs)
    • Earth (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Earth)
    • Inventions (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Inventions)
    • Physical Science (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Physical_Science)
    • Plants (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Plants)
    • Scientists (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Scientists)
  • Social Studies (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Social_Studies)
    • Anthropology (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Anthropology)
    • Economics (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Economics)
    • Government (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Government)
    • Religion (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Religion)
    • Holidays (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Holidays)
  • Space and Astronomy
    • Solar System (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Solar_System)
    • Planets (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Planets)
  • Sports (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Sports)
  • Timelines (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Timelines)
  • Weather (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Weather)
  • US States (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/US_States)

Information

  • Home Page (http://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php)
  • Contact Us (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Contactus)

  • Clip Art (http://classroomclipart.com)
Toolbox
Personal tools