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Mercedes Benz SLK

Mercedes Benz SLK

Mercedes had never built a small, affordable sportscar prior to the 1996 SLK, but in creating the car, took on the likes of Porsche, BMW, Alfa and MG in what was fast becoming a very popular new market. The car therefore needed to be lightweight, handle well and offer a style-conscious appearance. Mercedes kept the car rigid, strong yet light by using magnesium and high-strength steel in the unitary construction. Suspension was multi-link rear and double-wishbone front, while the roof was an engineering masterpiece. In 25 seconds the handsome fixed top would turn into a complex folding arrangement that went into the trunk. With the roof down there was little wind buffeting due to excellent aerodynamics and a rear wind deflector. The 140ci (2.3-liter) four-cylinder engine received a supercharger which livened up the car, making the most of its superb chassis.

Mercedes Benz SLK Specifications

Top speed:143 mph (229 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.5 sec
Engine type:In-line four
Displacement:140 ci (2,295 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:193 bhp (144 kW) @ 5,300 rpm
Max torque:200 lb ft (271 Nm) @ 2,500 rpm
Weight:2,922 lb (1,328 kg)
Economy:17.3 mpg (6.1 km/I)
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