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Contemporary Motor Cars Mercedes-Benz 2013 SLK Brochure

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  • 2013



    SLK 350 shown above with Mars Red paint, and optional KEYLESS-GO, Panorama roof, PARKTRONIC, and Lighting and Sport Packages. SLK 55 AMG shown at right with optional Diamond White metallic paint, KEYLESS-GO, PARKTRONIC, AMG Handling Package with Matte Black wheels, and Lighting Package.

  • Every car is created with a purpose in mind. For most, it is merely to transport you from one place to another. A sports car, however, is born to transform your spirit and shift your

    state of mind. Nearly 60 years ago, Mercedes -Benz introduced a new kind of sports car the coupe/roadster. With both a detachable hardtop and folding soft top, it was the first

    convertible whose enthusiasm no longer waned with the fading summer sun. Four decades later, the first SLK reimagined that concept with its signature retractable hardtop, and its

    repeatedly advanced whats expected of a roadster ever since. For 2013, the SLK-Class reaffirms the purity of its purpose: To inspire a unique and intimate bond between you, the

    winding road below and the blue sky above. And to demonstrate a deep affection for all three in its responsive performance, resplendent style, and respect for the environment. In

    every measure of a sports car from power to poise to passion the SLK is engineered to transform what a roadster can be, while staying true to what it was always meant to be.

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  • SLK 250 shown above with optional Steel Grey metallic paint, Panorama roof, and Lighting, Premium 1 and Sport Packages. Please see endnotes at back of brochure.

  • OPEN FOR PLEASURE.An SLK wastes no time getting down to the business of driving enjoyment. In less than

    20 seconds, its retractable hardtop which comes in three varieties whisks into the

    trunk. Its three advanced Direct Injection engines turbo-4, V-6 or AMG V-8 respond

    even more quickly. In a mere millisecond, they can tune their high-pressure fuel spray

    with near -molecular precision, while rapid -multispark ignition fires up to four times in

    sequence. Three slick- shifting transmissions a 6-speed manual with the turbo-4, and

    two types of paddle -shifted 7-speed automatic let you turn every rev into a revelation,

    to wield more torque with less fuel and fewer emissions. As soon as you open up an SLK,

    you can instantly feel the three of you driver, car and road becoming one.

    Close-ratio. For instant response at any rpm, both the short-throw 6-speed manual gearbox in the SLK 250 and the driver -adaptive 7-speed automatic offer a broad range of ideally spaced gearing. Along with ECO and Sport modes, a true Manual mode and paddle shifters let you shift the 7- speed without taking a hand from the thick 3 -spoke steering wheel.

    First-rate. For more rewarding response from its speed-sensing power steering, the innovative Direct- steer system varies the steering ratio based on how far you turn the wheel. It quickens response in corners, yet offers precise on-center feel, inspiring straight - line stability at higher speeds, and easier steering effort during lower- speed maneuvers.

    Performance -rated. For more tenacious grip under acceleration without sacrificing crisp steering feedback, the rear wheels and tires of every SLK are a full inch wider than the fronts. In addition to the standard wheels, there are numerous optional 18" designs including race-bred AMG wheels for the SLK 250 and SLK 350 as part of the Sport Package.3

    SLK 250. A 201-hp 1.8 - liter turbo-4 teams up with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or paddle-shifted 7-speed automatic to deliver 60 mph in a brisk 6.5 seconds,1 along with equally refreshing efficiency of up to 33 mpg highway.2 Staggered-width 17" 5 -spoke alloy wheels and tires team up with a nimble sport- tuned suspension.

    SLK 350. An invigorating 302-hp V-6 is paired with a 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters and 18" 5-spoke wheels.3 With a new ECO Start/Stop system, it can reach 60 in 5.4 seconds1 or return up to 29 highway mpg.2

    SLK 55 AMG. A handcrafted 5.5- liter AMG V-8 wields 415 hp with the finesse of a 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT transmission. AMG Cylinder Management and ECO Start/Stop can deactivate four or eight cylinders whenever theyre not needed, for up to 28 highway mpg.2 Torque Vectoring Brake and 18" AMG wheels3 dig into corners.

  • SLK 350 shown with Mars Red paint, Ash/Black leather and optional KEYLESSGO, and Lighting and Sport Packages. Please see endnotes at back of brochure.

  • Imagine winning the worlds first automobile race in 1894. Sweeping the 1914

    French Grand Prix. Capturing the checkered flag in the legendary Silver Arrow.

    Or pacing Formula 1 in one of the many AMG models that have served as its

    official Safety Car since 1996. Achieving any one of these would no doubt prove

    inspiring. Accomplishing them all thats inspirational. True to its rich sporting

    heritage, the 2013 SLK invokes its racing soul while evoking new passion for the

    road ahead. Its iconic Star-and-crossblade grille, powerful hood and muscular

    fenders blend classic roadster proportions with superior aerodynamics and a

    supremely confident stance. And like the gullwing doors of the famed 300 SL,

    the SLK has a signature of its own: its trendsetting folding roof, also available

    with a tinted transparent panel or electronically variable tinted glass a first

    for a retractable hardtop. At the touch of a button, the glass roof turns clear

    and every star in the sky becomes yours. But no matter how you configure your

    SLK, every Star thats ever crossed a finish line will be shining on you as well.

    Acrobatic. A perpetual highlight of the SLK is watching its power-operated hardtop somersault into the trunk in under 20 seconds. The heated rear window pivots as the car transforms from sleek coupe to open-air roadster. This allows it to nest with the trunklid, leaving more than 60% of the 10-cubic-foot luggage space available when youre traveling with the top down. And with the Premium 1 Package (standard on the SLK 350 and SLK 55 AMG), you can even operate the roof from outside the car, via the SmartKey remote.

    Scenic. With a see-through panel of UV-blocking, high-strength tinted polycarbonate, the Panorama roof option offers a view of the sky as you enjoy the comfort of a closed coupe. It power-folds into the trunk just as compactly as the standard roof.

    Magic. A Mercedes -Benz exclusive, optional MAGIC SKY CONTROL is an innovative evolution of the Panorama roof concept. When electrical current is applied, particles within the glass panel line up, allowing light to pass. Switch it off and the particles scatter randomly, blocking light. In its darkened state, the thermal energy entering the cabin on a sunny day is less than that of a household light bulb. And even in the transparent setting, the glass effectively blocks both UV and infrared rays, helping to keep the cabin cooler.

    Athletic. The Sport Package adds further muscle to the SLK 250 and SLK 350. Along with 18" AMG wheels,3 this option adds an aggressive front air dam with bold mesh air intakes, chiseled side sills and rear valance, as well as darkened headlamps.


  • Look at the list of safety features in most any car today, and youll see the history of Mercedes -Benz. Thats because our engineers

    have been leading the way in safety for more than 60 years, with the first crumple zone among many thousands of patents. Over the

    decades, theyve pioneered a portfolio of safety breakthroughs that went on to become industry standards like the Antilock Braking

    System (ABS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and emergency-sensing Brake Assist. The engineering depth of the 2013 SLK-Class

    not only helps it to perform better in a collision, it helps it perform better, period. Its exceptionally rigid body is welded from stronger,

    lighter materials like ultra-high -strength steel, aluminum and magnesium. Its brakes intelligently respond to how the driver uses the

    throttle and the windshield wipers. It watches for signs of driver drowsiness. And its advanced restraint systems and dual roll bars are

    designed to keep their guard up even when the top is down. In situations where every second matters, so does every safety first.


    SLK 250 shown with optional Iridium Silver metallic paint, PARKTRONIC, and Lighting, Premium 1 and Sport Packages. Please see endnotes at back of brochure.


    ATTENTION ASSIST. By continually monitoring a variety of driving behaviors, this Mercedes-Benz innovation can audibly and visually alert the driver if it detects signs of drowsiness on long trips. More than 70 variables are measured in the first minutes of each drive, to establish a pattern and determine the warning thresholds accordingly.4

    LED lighting. Brilliant white LED Daytime Running Lamps and LED taillamps help make your presence and your actions more immediately apparent to other drivers on the road. For the brake lamps, the light -emitting diodes illuminate more rapidly than conventional bulbs a benefit that can offer added reaction time to a driver behind your SLK.

    Bi-Xenon headlamps. With the available Lighting Package, Bi-Xenon headlamps generate light thats perceived more like natural daylight than with halogen lamps. Active Curve Illumination swivels their beams as you turn the steering wheel, to improve illumination into corners