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  • 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 performance breakthroughs 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 hardtop easy.

  • 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