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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK
Toronto, Ontario – The all new Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class luxury sports car made its Canadian debut to the media at the 2011 Canadian International Auto Show on Thursday. The third generation SLK features a unique glass sunroof, called MAGIC SKY CONTROL, which switches to light or dark at the touch of a button.
The SLK’s new styling features an upright radiator grille and clearly defined headlamps that resemble that of the legendary 190 SL from the 1950s, but also create a visual link with the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG “gullwing model” and the new CLS. In spite of the steeper front and the larger frontal area, the SLK’s coefficient of drag has been cut to just 0.30 from 0.32.
There will initially be one model of the SLK available at market launch, powered by a new 3.5-litre V6 engine with direct injection offering 302 hp and a 0 to 100 km/h time estimated at 5.6 seconds.
The new SLK’s standard Dynamic Handling package includes a suspension with continuous adjustable damping. Also included in the Dynamic Handling package is the Direct-Steer system and the Torque Vectoring Brakes developed by Mercedes-Benz.
“The new SLK embodies the role of the trend-setter like no other car,” said Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of
Mercedes-Benz Cars. “I am convinced that with its passionate design, its high-quality interior and its modesty at the filling station it will continue to provide an enormous amount of fun on the road in future, too, consolidating its status as a cult roadster.”