2015 SLK- Class
Unchart a course. SLK 250. Take the reins of 201 turbo-fed horses with a
short-throw 6-speed manual
or paddle-shifted 7-speed
automatic. Take curves in
stride with staggered 17"
wheels and a sport-tuned
suspension. And take in the
sky with a standard power-
retractable Panorama roof.
SLK 350. A 302-hp V-6 can
turn sunshine into a 60-mph
breeze in 5.4 seconds.1 Its
18" wheels and AMG body
styling turn heads whenever
you pass by. Its heated seats
and AIRSCARF® neck-level
heating system can turn a
cool evening into the perfect
time for a top-down drive.
SLK 55 AMG. A handcrafted
415-hp V-8 is as invigorating
as it is refreshing. A team of
can whisk you from 0 to 60
in 4.5 seconds — yet return
up to 28 highway mpg.2 An
AMG Handling Package lets
you elevate its performance
till it’s almost off the charts.
When your everyday routines start to box you
in, open up an SLK roadster. Nothing sets you
free like a sports car — especially one that can
trace its roots to history’s first checkered flag.
After 121 years of racing, the thrill of winning
is a Mercedes-Benz ritual. And it’s why the
thrill of driving an SLK will never feel routine.
SLK 350 shown on cover with optional designo Diamond
White metallic paint, and Lighting and Sport Packages.
SLK 350 shown above with Mars Red paint, and optional
Driver Assistance and Lighting Packages. Please see
endnotes at back of brochure.
When a Daimler-powered car won history’s first official auto race,
it marked not the completion of a mission but its commencement.
Mercedes -Benz sports cars have kept on racing ahead ever since.
Countless innovations in power, handling and aerodynamics add
up to one neverending pursuit: to advance the pure joy of driving.
It started on
the finish line.
Deep within every Mercedes-Benz roadster is a tradition of
being breathtaking. Its heritage may extend back to the very
origins of motorsports, but it’s really one of reaching farther
ahead, faster with every lap, and of having more fun along
the way. Even in the seriousness of Formula 1,® where an
SLK has paced countless races as its official Safety Car, the
joys of performance are undeniable and tangible. In racing,
however, each finish line is the starting point of what’s next.
What Mercedes-Benz engineers have learned in competition
can be found not just in the free-revving, pavement-clinging
responsiveness of an SLK. It’s also evident in its highly rigid
body, and the protective nature of its safety systems—many
of which made their sports-car debut under the Three-Pointed
Star. It’s most apparent, however, in the way the passion for
open-air driving endures at Mercedes-Benz—even under the
increasing demands of progress. Actually, because of them.
From the roofless yet record-setting racecars of the 1910s
to the the iconic midcentury SL, what has always defined a
Mercedes-Benz roadster — or racecar — are the bonds that
instantly form: between driver and car, car and road, road
and sky, and all of you in harmony as one. It’s what each
precisely tailored detail of the SLK’s two-seat cockpit has in
common with every move of its agile chassis: the ability to
transcend time, and touch your soul, like no other roadster.
SLK 250 shown with Mars Red paint, Ash/Black interior,
and optional automatic transmission, KEYLESS-GO, and
Driver Assistance, Lighting, Premium and Sport Packages.
Back when some sports cars didn’t even have glass side windows,
the SLK’s forefather offered both an elegantly tailored soft top and
a stylish detachable hardtop. The SLK’s signature power top is the
ongoing evolution of two core Mercedes-Benz beliefs: Truly great
design is always in style. And a true sports car is always in season.
It made the
When the first SLK debuted nearly 20 years ago, it brought
the convertible top into a new modern age. At the time, it
was the only car in production factory-engineered with a
power retractable hardtop, but it started a trend that swept
the industry. Today, while there are countless conceptually
similar roofs on the market, the 3rd-generation SLK hardtop
continues to lead the way with its sleek design, its smooth
and swift operation, and its two see-through configurations.
The SLK’s heated glass rear window somersaults as the top
is lowered beneath the double-hinged trunklid. The result is
a space-efficient nesting of its components, preserving more
than 60% of the cargo space. It also creates a trunk whose
proportions are elegant on the outside, and generous on the
inside. But the litmus test of any roadster’s design is whether
its style vanishes the moment its top comes into view. Few
roadsters transform into a coupe as seamlessly as an SLK.
In profile, the SLK’s muscular shoulders are free of unsightly
shut lines, for a clean look whether the top is up or down. It
takes less than 20 seconds to raise or lower the roof — from
a console switch or remotely from outside. 3 And even with the
power hardtop up, you can still take in the sky. The standard
Panorama roof integrates a lightweight tinted see-through
panel. The optional MAGIC SKY CONTROL® lets you darken
its glass panel electrically — a Mercedes-Benz exclusive.
SLK 55 AMG shown with optional Iridium
Silver metallic paint, PARKTRONIC, and AMG
Handling Package with Matte Black wheels.
Please see endnotes at back of brochure.
When it comes to enduring performance, Mercedes-Benz has a long record of over-
delivering on both potential and passion. Unlike promises and hearts, however, speed
records are something everyone tries to break. In 1954’s Mille Miglia, legendary driver
Stirling Moss and his equally iconic 300 SLR racecar achieved more than a racing win.
Averaging 98.5 mph, they set a 10-hour, 7-minute, 48-second course record that still
stands. It’s a fitting symbol of something else that’s never been broken: The promise
within every Mercedes-Benz sports car to win hearts as passionately as it does races.
Promises, hearts, and once
in a while, a world record.
SLK 350 shown with optional Lunar Blue metallic paint,
Sahara Beige leather, KEYLESS-GO, and Lighting Package.
There’s far more to the performance data of the SLK
than a list of numbers. The data behind the data tells
an even richer story. Consider the 0–60 figure for any
SLK. It couldn’t happen without high-pressure Direct
Injection reaching 2,900 psi — so it can squeeze more
power from each atom of fuel. It’s cleaner and stronger
because the multispark ignition can fire each spark
plug a second, third or even fourth time — all in a single
millisecond — for more effective combustion. In the
SLK 250, you get instant, lag-free torque from a turbo
that spools up to 150,000 rpm with lightning speed.
And because every SLK’s rear wheels are an inch
wider than the fronts, its driven tires can better turn
traction into acceleration. Which brings us back to go.
The SLK is a network of precise elements, intricately
woven to create something greater than data. It’s a
complex collaboration with a delightfully simple result,
whether you’re unleashing its eager revs, untangling
a tight curve, or just unwinding from a hectic day.
More than the sum,
and then some.
Light heavyweight. Compact in size and
light in weight, the 201-hp inline-4 in the
SLK 250 delivers a big punch from just
1.8 liters of size. With a quick-spooling
intercooled turbo, high-pressure Direct
Injection and rapid-multispark ignition, it
puts all of its 229 lb-ft of peak torque on
tap from 2,200 to 4,300 rpm. The result
is immediate throttle response in almost
any situation, along with an impressive
sense of responsibility. Or to put that in
numbers: 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds,1
and up to 33 mpg on the highway.2
Precision powerhouse. The 3.5-liter
V-6 under the SLK 350 hood enlists a
team of powerful advances to convert
a trickle of fuel into a torrent of torque.
The Direct Injection’s ultrafine yet highly
pressurized fuel spray and multispark
ignition team up to generate ferocious
power in a manner that’s both leaner
and greener. With 302 hp and 273 lb-ft
of peak torque, the SLK 350 can rush to
60 mph in just 5.4 seconds, yet return
up to 29 mpg on the open highway.
Idle smarter. While you’re waiting for
a light to change or for traffic to get
going, an ECO Start/Stop system on
the SLK 350 can automatically shut off
its engine, helping save fuel and reduce
overall emissions. An illuminated “A”
symbol lets you know when the engine
is paused. When you’re ready to go, the
V-6 automatically fires back to life as
you lift your foot from the brake, or the
instant you press the accelerator.
Mood changer. Sports-car purists will
appreciate the 6-speed manual gearbox
that’s standard on the SLK 250. Its short
throws and precise action make every
shift as invigorating as the free-revving
response that results. That said, opting
for the 7-speed automatic — standard on
the SLK 350 — takes nothing away from
the roadster experience. It continually
adapts its shift points to your driving
style, and offers pushbutton Sport, ECO
and Manual settings. Shift paddles on
the steering wheel put gear changes
at your fingertips, including full manual
control even in Sport and ECO modes —
simply by using the paddles. Automatic
shifting resumes a few seconds after you
let go — but if you