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By Cars.com Staff
September 6, 2013
Mercedes' third-generation SLK roadster offers a folding hardtop, but there's also the option of Mercedes' Magic Sky Control, a glass roof panel with variable transparency. The SLK is available in three trims: the turbo four-cylinder SLK250 that can be had with a manual transmission, the 302-horsepower V-6 SLK350 and the high-performance SLK55 AMG powered by a big 5.5-liter V-8. Competitors include the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster.
New for 2014 For 2014, all SLK models now come equipped with a panoramic sunroof, but the company's Magic Sky Control with variable transparency remains an option. (Skip to details on the: SLK55 AMG)
SLK's grille sits low and well ahead of the headlights
17-inch wheels; 18-inch wheels available
LED daytime running lights and taillights
Available sport appearance package
Available adaptive bi-xenon headlights with washers
Available keyless access system
Available rear spoiler
5.8-inch center screen houses the stereo and available navigation displays
Available Harman Kardon premium stereo
Aluminum trim; available wood trim
Flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls
Available wood-and-leather steering wheel
Available leather seats; heated seats available
Available neck-level heating vents embedded in seatbacks
Available Magic Sky Control, a glass pane that can be electronically switched to be transparent or opaque
Trunk volume measures 10.1 cubic feet with the folding hardtop raised and 6.4 cubic feet with it lowered
Under the Hood
Turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 201 hp and 229 pounds-feet of torque (SLK250)
Available 3.5-liter V-6 with 302 hp and 273 pounds-feet of torque (SLK350)
SLK250 comes with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic; SLK350 comes only with the automatic
SLK350 has Eco stop-start fuel-saving technology
Available parking assist
Electronic stability control with traction control
Mbrace2 in-car telematics
Adaptive high-beam assist
SLK55 AMG The high-performance SLK55 AMG features the only V-8 powertrain offered on the roadster. The AMG model pairs with a seven-speed AMG automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddles.
The SLK55 AMG also features an available AMG Handling Package that has a limited-slip differential, performance suspension and steering wheel, and package-specific 18-inch AMG wheels in either silver or matte black.
AMG-specific wheels, air dam, spoiler lip and chrome-plated twin tailpipes
Center-console analog clock
Aluminum trim and pedals
AMG-specific steering wheel
Unique instrument cluster
Sport bucket seats
Standard Magic Sky Control roof
Stop-start technology and cylinder deactivation for better mileage