January 8, 2004
Mercedes-Benz unveils redesigned SLK sports car
Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new SLK-Class sports car on
Wednesday. It’s scheduled to go on sale in Europe in March.
The new two-seater has grown by 72 mm in length and 65 mm in width. It features an
improved convertible hardtop design that transforms the roadster into a coupe in
just 22 seconds, and new head-thorax sidebags, adaptive front air-bags and two-stage
belt force limiters.
The SLK will offer a choice of three new engines with horsepower ranging from 163 to
360. This includes – for the first time – an eight-cylinder supplied by
Mercedes-AMG. As well, Mercedes engineers have added more refinement to the
suspension, steering and manual transmission.
A world’s first is a new Airscarf neck-level heating system. This delivers a flow of
warm air from the headrests at the touch of a button. Automatic climate control,
bi-xenon headlamps with cornering light, COMAND and the unique 7-speed automatic
transmission add to the new features available as options on the SLK.