Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), also known as "sticker" price, is a recommended selling price that automakers give a new car that is above the invoice price paid by the dealer. It is a price that does not include any options that can be added to a particular car style. When shown as a range, the prices are starting MSRPs, without options, for multiple styles for that model.
This price range reflects the Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value for all trim levels, but not necessarily all available options.
The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Mike Hanley
April 29, 2008
Vehicle Overview For 2009, Mercedes-Benz's small retractable-hardtop roadster gains some styling changes inside and out, and the SLK350's V-6 engine gets a boost in power. The updated SLK-Class hits dealerships in the spring of 2008. Competitors include the BMW Z4 and Audi TT.
Exterior The biggest change in the appearance of the SLK-Class is its lower bumper, which now features a dramatic split in the middle that brings to mind the front wing of a Formula One racecar — just like the SLK's pronounced nose does. The lower rear bumper has been restyled, too, but it's not nearly as dramatic as the front one.
Interior As with the exterior, the SLK-Class' two-seat cabin receives some minor updates. There's a new multifunction three-spoke steering wheel, and the car is available with an optional iPod connector that allows you to control your iPod with the car's audio system controls. A Harman Kardon audio system is also optional.
Under the Hood The 3.0-liter V-6 in the base SLK300 makes 228 horsepower, while the 3.5-liter V-6 in the SLK350 now makes 300 hp thanks to revised internal components. That's 32 hp more than the V-6 made last year. The top-of-the-line SLK55 AMG features a 355-hp, 5.4-liter V-8.
The SLK300 is the only version of the roadster that's offered with a manual transmission — a six-speed gearbox. The other two variants of the car come with a seven-speed automatic, which is optional for the SLK300.
Safety Antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and side-impact airbags are standard.
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