2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster will arrive to U.S. this summer


Mercedes-Benz unveiled full details with pricing of the 2012 SLK at the Geneva Motor Show this week. The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK will be provided with three engines, all featuring direct injection and stop/start systems. Mercedes-Benz claims the new engines provide 25% increase in fuel economy compared to previous model.

Starting with the base model is the SLK 200 BlueEfficiency. It is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder powerplant producing 184 horsepower and mated to a seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission. With this powertrain setup, the Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 can sprint from 0-62 mph in 7 seconds and with a top speed of 147 mph.

Moving up is the SLK 250 BlueEfficiency that is equipped with the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, but has been tuned to produce 204 horsepower. It can dash from 0-62 mph in just 6.6 seconds and with a top speed reaching 151 mph.

And lastly is the top-of-the-line model, SLK 350 BlueEfficiency, which is equipped with a new 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 306 horsepower. It can sprint from 0- 62 mph in 5.6 seconds and with an electronic governed top speed of 155 mph.

As for fuel economy, both the SLK 200 and SLK 250 provide a fuel return of 38.6 US miles per gallon in a combined cycle. And the the SLK 350 has a fuel return of 33 mpg.

The Mercedes-Benz SLK in the U.S. will be slightly varied a bit from the European version in term of horsepower. It will be supplied in two versions, the 302-hp SLK 350 and the 201-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder SLK 250.

Although Mercedes-Benz continues to use a conventional steel suspension with with stiffer springs and dampers to provide the sportiness characteristic of the 2012 SLK, it also further enhanced the suspension system with the Dynamic Handling Package that has continuous adjustable damping to provide a stable and comfortable ride.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK will be priced at 38,675 euros for SLK 200 model, the SLK 250 at 44,256 euros, and the top-range model SLK 350 will be priced at 52,300 euros. While sales of the Mercedes-Benz SLK will be available in the U.S. by this summer, and pricing to be announced a month ahead of launch date.