2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Introduction


The Mercedes-Benz SLK is styled like a scaled-down SL-Class model. Fitted with a retractable hardtop, the SLK melds roadster excitement with Mercedes-Benz comfort.

Introduced for the 2011 model year, the SLK will be redesigned and renamed SLC for 2017.

For its part, the 2016 SLK gets a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as standard equipment, replacing the previous 1.8-liter engine. The new 2.0-liter engine in the 2016 SLK300 makes 241 horsepower and 273 foot-pounds of torque and can reach 60 mph from a standing start in fewer than 6 seconds. Fuel efficiency has improved, and the SLK300 is EPA-rated at 25/32 mpg City/Highway.

No changes for the 2016 SLK350, which comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 302 horsepower, mating with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Topping the roster is the SLK55 AMG, packing a V8 that sends 415 horsepower to a sharper-shifting AMG Speedshift transmission.

For 2016, a newly available AMG Carbon Styling Package conveys a dark, technical, appearance. AMG bodywork is offered as an option for the 2016 SLK300.

With the retractable hardtop up, the cockpit is tight, quiet and refined, a little too tight for taller drivers. Mercedes-Benz offers distinct features to enhance the top-down experience, such as Airscarf, which blows warm air at the driver’s neck.

Basically maintaining the same profile through its lifespan, the SLK evolved into quite a graceful sports car. Redesigned for 2012, the third-generation model slips between the original blocky design and the overly styled second generation.

Exterior dimensions classify the SLK as a subcompact, but it’s actually a roadster with a traditional long hood and rear-wheel drive. Though aimed at a different audience that its main rivals, the BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster, the SLK provides stimulating drivability for daily commutes, as well as the precision performance that can turn a weekend trek into an adventure. Because of the retracting roof, trunk space trails that of soft-top competitors.

All models include Attention Assist, which senses if you’re growing drowsy. The mbrace2 telematics assists with roadside emergencies.

For 2016, blind-spot assistance is a standalone option. The Driver Assistance Package includes blind-spot assistance and adds Pre-Safe, Distronic Plus smart cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive highbeam assist. Optional front/rear parking sensors permit automated parallel-parking, with the driver operating only the gas and brake pedals.

Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Options, model availability and actual dealer price may vary. See dealer for details, costs and terms.

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