about us | newsletter | contact | archive | members area
Hans Klemm, US Ambassador to Romania
"The Romanian economic environment has tremendous potential,"»
  News:      POLITICS   |   ECONOMICS   |   ENERGY   |   INVESTMENTS   |   APPOINTMENTS   |   GREEN   |   INFRASTRUCTURE   |   REAL ESTATE   |   AGRIBUSINESS   |   DRIVING   |   CITY LIFE   |   EVENTS   |

Mercedes SLK gets A-OK

The third generation of one of the hottest and most successful convertibles, the Mercedes SLK, is hitting the streets – in a big way! Trying to get away from the model’s image as a convertible for women, the designers of the 2012 SLK have put a lot of effort into changing its lines to give the car a more aggressive and muscular shape that will hopefully appeal to testosterone more than before. By Adrian Ion

September 2011 - From the Print Edition

Many call the SLK a baby SLS, and rightfully so if you only take into account the shape of the car: both inside and out, you will find a lot of design features that were implanted to the baby Merc from its super sporty brother.
Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Romania, I drove the diesel powered version, fitted with a 2.2 liter turbo-diesel and 204HP, which take the car to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and from 80 to 120 km/h in a decent 4.3 seconds. In terms of consumption, the manufacturer claims 4.9 liters per 100 km on combined cycle and emissions as low as 128 g/km of CO2, but in real-life driving you should expect around 11 liters in city traffic and about 6 on the highway. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI comes with 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission as standard. This will probably be the choice for most drivers, due to the fuel efficiency and lower running costs.
The other versions on offer are the SLK200 and SLK250, which have turbocharged 1.8-litre direct-injection engines, with the 200 pumping 181HP and the 250 reaching 201HP.
The SLK350, which has a 302HP 3.5-litre V6, is the top pick, at least until the AMG version completes the range.
The new SLK is much improved in many areas, from the now perfectly fitted and rattle-free metal roof to the roomier and high quality interior. One special feature I must mention is the air scarf that will be useful if you want to drive with the roof down on colder days, as it wraps a “scarf” of warm air through the headrest vents.
The boot is large enough for a couple of bags even with the roof down, with extra space sensibly being offered if the roof is kept closed.
The diesel version I test-drove offers a more than decent dynamic performance but I wouldn’t call it a sporty car. If you put the transmission in the Sport mode, the response of the car changes noticeably and becomes a nice boy’s toy. The twin turbo engine offers a great torque feeling and pulls the car in a constant manner up the red zone.
The closest rivals of the SLK that will vie for your money are the Porsche Boxter and the BMW Z4. Prices start at EUR 32,500 plus VAT for the SLK 200 and go up to EUR 43,950 for the SLK 350.



COMMENTS
There are 0 comments:

 
ADD A COMMENT
 
Name
Email
Comment
Validation Code
   
 
 

0 Comments  |  6846 Views
Daily Info
Michele Abbate was appointed as new CEO of Enel Energy and Enel Energy Muntenia

Michele Abbate is the new CEO of Enel Energy and Enel Energy Muntenia, the two companies owned by the Enel group in Romania.

CTP invests 15 million Euro in a new logistics park near Cluj-Napoca

The industrial parks developer CTP invests 15 million Euro in the development of a new logistics park near Cluj-Napoca. CTPark Cluj II will be located in Floresti and will hav...

AFI Europe to develop AFI Brasov by 2019, its third shopping mall in Romania

AFI Europe sets the cornerstone of AFI Brasov, the company's third shopping mall in Romania and announces the advancement of construction works.

Bog'Art to build IKEA's second store in Bucharest

IKEA has announced that Bog'Art will build its new store from Theodor Pallady area in Bucharest. The second store in Bucharest will be opened next year, following an investmen...

Romania's sovereign fund to be launched in 2018

Romania's first sovereign fund for development and investments (FSDI) will be available starting January 1, 2018 and it will finance the developments of infrastructure alongsi...

 
 
   
advertising

advertising

advertising

advertising

advertising

More on News
Over 19,000 business plans submitted for Start-Up Nation program

Start-Up Nation Government program attracted over 19,000 business plans and a new edition will take place next year, said Ilan Laufer, Minister for the Business Environment...

Sorin Grindeanu hails the support for CVM lifting before 2019

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu met at Victoria Palace with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The meeting was also attended by the Public Finance Minist...

PM Sorin Grindeanu: 5.7 per cent economic growth - confirmation that the measures taken by the Government are the right

The 5.7 percent economic growth registered in the first quarter of 2017, as compared to the first quarter of 2016, an evolution which exceeds the expectations of analysts a...

President Iohannis to hold political consultation to designate future PM

Parliamentary parties are invited today to the Cotroceni Presidential Palace for consultations with President Klaus Iohannis over the designation of the future prime minist...

Business Lease posts four million Euro turnover in the first semester of 2017

Business Lease, international company providing complete mobility solutions through Operational Leasing, Car Fleet Management and Rental in Romania, closes its first semest...

Chinese delegation seeks investment opportunities in Romania

Prime Minister Mihai Tudose discussed at the Victoria Governmental Palace on Thursday about the opportunities to invest in Romania with an official delegation of the People...

BVB second place in the region by number of IPOs in H1 2017

Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) is the second market in Central and Eastern Europe where initial public offers (IPOs) were successfully concluded in the second quarter of th...