Model range and equipment - The allure of the roadster summed up in three letters

  • New generation of the leading compact roadster
  • Vibrant dynamism, innovative cutting-edge technology and extremely high-grade looks and feel
  • SLK driving pleasure powered by an eight-cylinder engine for the first time
  • Exclusive equipment and unique new features available as options
Over 308,000 delighted customers in every corner of the world, more than 40 international awards and a position as the global leader in its market segment give the outgoing SLK-Class an extremely impressive CV.
The Mercedes-Benz Roadster has been setting standards in its class since its arrival in autumn 1996 – not just by virtue of its ground-breaking technological prowess but also thanks to a rather different attribute: its emotional appeal.
The SLK has captured the hearts of the public like scarcely any other car and demonstrated that driving is also about passion and joie de vivre. In many cases it was love at first sight which prompted customers to make a spontaneous decision to purchase, a compulsion to experience and enjoy the driving pleasure on offer in the Mercedes sports car.
By the end of the first full sales year, over 55,000 SLK models had rolled off the assembly line - 50 percent more than originally planned. With a conquest sales rate of roughly 42 percent in the major European markets, the two-seater won over a wave of new customers for Mercedes-Benz, making it one of the protagonists in the Stuttgart auto maker’s first strategic product initiative.
Design aesthetics, technical excellence and exemplary levels of safety underpin the construction of the compact Mercedes roadster, which has long since taken on a cult image in the modern era. Strong demand for the SLK in the used-car market, where it is one of the lowest-depreciating models, provides ample evidence of this popularity.
Eight years after the first SLK premiere, the second generation of the Roadster is set to take the world by storm in spring 2004. As stimulating, refreshing and concentrated as an Italian espresso, the new Roadster displays its sporting prowess in much stronger terms than the outgoing model. Underpinning these enhanced performance credentials are the powerful new engines, a sporty suspension set-up, more direct steering and a precise six-speed manual transmission. Inspired by styling elements from the latest racing cars, the exterior design of the roadster continues the dynamic theme and identifies the SLK-Class as a fully-fledged member of the Mercedes-Benz sports-car family.
The Roadster also builds on the proven strengths of its predecessor – in the shape of a further developed, space-saving varioroof, for example, even more innovative safety features and unique new systems such as AIRSCARF neck-level heating, bi-xenon headlamps with cornering light function and the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission for the SLK 350 (all optional).
These are the key ingredients in an impressively bold automotive character, one which Mercedes-Benz is using to write a new chapter in its long and illustrious history in roadster construction. Dynamism, emotional appeal and innovation are etched into the SLK design, making promises which the compact sports car goes on to keep through every kilometre of every journey.
Standard equipment, including new safety systems and an improved varioroof
Three variants of the SLK-Class will be available from European Mercedes-Benz sales and service outlets and dealerships from the end of March 2004. With its TWINPULSE four-cylinder engine, the SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR combines impressive power with exemplary economy. Both faster and developing more torque than the outgoing model with the same output, it uses only 8.7 litres of petrol per 100 kilometres – around eight percent less fuel – in the European driving cycle.
However, the new sports Roadster offers a lot more in terms of its agility, high-class looks and feel, comfort and range of standard equipment, which includes the following features:
  • 16 Light-alloy wheels: 7 J x 16

  • Adaptive airbags for driver and front passenger

  • Armrest between the seats with stowage compartment on underside

  • Automatic child seat recognition

  • Automatic heating system with dust filter and separate temperature control

  • Belt tensioners

  • Central display in the instrument cluster with trip computer

  • Central locking

  • Cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC

  • ESP® with anti-lock braking system, acceleration skid control and Brake Assist

  • Fabric draught-stop

  • Folding seat backrests

  • Fuel tank (70 litres)

  • Headlamp Assist

  • Head/thorax side airbags

  • Heated and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors

  • LED tail lights and brake lights

  • Luggage net in passenger footwell and on the rear panel (driver's side)

  • Manual seat height adjustment

  • Multifunction steering wheel, leather

  • Occupancy sensor in passenger seat upholstery

  • Outside temperature display

  • Power windows

  • Projection-type headlamps

  • Remote boot lid opening via key

  • Rev counter

  • Roll-over bars for driver and passenger

  • Service interval indicator ASSYST

  • Silver-coloured sports gearshift lever

  • Silver-coloured trim elements

  • Six-speed manual transmission

  • Sports pedals with rubber studs

  • Sports seats with magnesium frame

  • Stowage box on the rear panel

  • TIREFIT tyre repair kit

  • Two-stage belt force limiters

  • Varioroof with heated rear window
The new SLK 350 offers everything that you would expect from a full-blooded sports roadster: spirit, poise and undiluted driving pleasure. Under the bonnet, the newly developed six-cylinder engine gives the SLK a particularly powerful heartbeat, one which sets the driver’s pulse racing the second the key is turned. One press of the accelerator and you’re hooked, the V6 powerpack accelerating the two-seater from 0 to 100 km/h in only 5.6 seconds and impressing with its exceptional responsiveness. Maximum output of 200 kW/ 272 hp is reached at 6000 rpm – pace-setting figures in this displacement class.
Impressive torque of 350 Newton metres is available as low down as 2400 rpm and remains constant up to 5000 rpm, which also allows a quite different, yet also typically roadster, pace of driving: relaxed, enjoyable cruising – forever in the reassuring knowledge that all you have to do is touch the accelerator lightly to unlock the engine’s imposing pulling power.
The technical make-up and equipment features of the SLK 350 are a reflection of the performance-based character of this model variant. The V6 model comes with the following items of standard equipment not included in the SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR:
  • 17-inch light-alloy wheels in five-spoke design

  • Battery with increased capacity

  • Enlarged brakes with perforated front brake discs

  • Interior lighting package

  • Mixed-size tyres (front: 225/45 R 17, rear: 245/40 R 17)

  • THERMATIC air conditioning
With the SLK 55 AMG, the second generation of the Mercedes compact Roadster has produced a car which gives even the sports car elite a run for their money. No other model in this vehicle class can compete with the 265-kW/360-hp output and 510 Newton metres of torque generated by the top-of-the-range SLK. The V8 engine at the source of this prodigious power also has the distinction of being the only eight-cylinder unit available in this market segment. The standard equipment package for the AMG model is equally as exclusive, and includes the following items not offered in the SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR:
  • 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission with AMG-SPEEDSHIFT and steering-wheel gearshift buttons

  • 18-inch Mercedes-AMG light-alloy wheels in multi-spoke design

  • AMG bodystyling with special front apron and spoiler lip on the boot lid

  • AMG instrument cluster

  • AMG sports seats

  • AMG sports suspension

  • Battery with increased capacity

  • Darkened tail lights

  • High-performance braking system with perforated composite brake discs at front

  • Interior lighting package

  • Longitudinal gills on bonnet

  • Mercedes-AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel

  • Mixed-size tyres (front: 225/40 R 18, rear: 245/35 R 18)

  • Nappa leather upholstery

  • Radiator grille with black-painted cross fins

  • Seat heating

  • Stainless steel door sills

  • THERMATIC air conditioning
AIRSCARF, 7G-TRONIC and THERMOTRONIC available exclusively from Mercedes-Benz
New technical developments and innovations from luxury-class Mercedes-Benz models are available as options for the SLK, further improving comfort and active safety and enhancing the value of the sports Roadster. The range includes:
  • 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission (for SLK 350)

  • AIRSCARF neck-level heating for driver's and passenger's seats

  • Audio 20 CD radio with nine speakers

  • Audio 50 APS radio with CD navigation system

  • Bi-xenon headlamps with cornering light function and headlamp cleaning system

  • CD changer in the glove compartment

  • COMAND APS with DVD navigation function, integrated radio and DVD drive

  • Electrically adjustable seats with memory function

  • Fine wood trim (for SLK 200 KOM-PRESSOR and SLK 350)Five-speed automatic transmission (for SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR)

  • Headlamp cleaning system

  • Heated steering wheel

  • Infrared remote control for the varioroof

  • Interior lighting package (for SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR)

  • Leather upholstery (for SLK 200 KOM-PRESSOR and SLK 350)

  • Nappa leather upholstery in tobacco brown (for SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR and SLK 350)

  • PARKTRONIC parking assistance system

  • Rain sensor

  • Sound system (380 watts) with surround sound and eleven speakers

  • Speed-sensitive steering

  • Sports suspension (for SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR and SLK 350)

  • Steering-wheel gearshift buttons (for automatic transmission)

  • THERMATIC air conditioning (for SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR)

  • THERMOTRONIC luxury automatic climate control

  • Tyre pressure loss warning system

  • Tyres with run-flat system
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  • D260827