NEW ENGINES FOR ICONIC ROADSTER: Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster receives new engines and transmission for 2015. Image: Quickpic
Mercedes-Benz has refreshed its local SLK roadster line-up with new new engines and transmissions in 2015. Most of the changes to its iconic two-seater are located under the bonnet.
In terms of power the SLK gains two four-cyclinder variants, SLK 200 and 300, of the automaker's 1991cc turbopetrol.
The SLK 200 is capable of 135kW/300Nm (up by 30Nm compared to the outgoing unit) while the new SLK 300 (replaces the SLK 250) is rated at 180kW/370Nm (improved by 30kW/60Nm).
The SLK 200 is equipped with a new six-speed manual while the 300 a nine-speed 9G-Tronic auto. The new auto, the automaker says, "comes with a newly designed, sporty direct select lever on the centre console, as well as paddleshifts". The nine-speed auto is available as an option for the 200.
All the SLK engines, including the SLK 350 and SLK 55 AMG, are equipped with stop/start.
NEW LEDS, WI-FI
The roadster sports new LEDs in a rod design and an LTE-capable aerial allowing for faster internet connectivity accessed through the command online multimedia system.
In terms of safety its equipped with attention assist, distronic plus, collision prevention with auto proximity control. Adaptive brake assist, blind spot assist and lane keeping assist are available as an option.
The optional dynamic handling package included adaptive damping, cornering assist and lowers suspension by 10mm.PRICES
SLK 200 - R645 700
SLK 300 - R720 000
SLK 350 - R851 200
SLK 55 AMG - R1 105 900