Mercedes-Benz is launching the all-new 2012 SLK Roadster this Summer. Today the company unveiled the details. Aside from its hot new design the 2012 SLK also has a cool geek feature called Magic Sky Control. I was not an SLK fan, but the new SLK looks damn hot. The reason why I like the new SLK is the redesigned front. It looks mean with the big grill.
The Magic Sky Control in the panorama vario-roof lets you switch between light and dark transparency at the touch of a button. I know this type feature from privacy glass in offices. To have it in the car is pretty cool.
The new SLK embodies the role of the trend-setter like no other car", says 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 fuel station it will continue to provide an enormous amount of fun on the road in future, too, consolidating its status as a cult roadster."
There will be two models of the 2012 SLK available in its first year, both powered by direct-injection engines. The completely redesigned V6 engine in the SLK350 develops 302 hp from its 3498 cubic-centimeter displacement, using this power to accelerate in 5.4 (est.) seconds from 0 to 60 mph (top speed 155 mph). Later on in the model year, the SLK250 goes on-sale with a four-cylinder engine developing 201 hp from a displacement of 1796 cubic centimeters.
The SLK250 is equipped as standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and consumes an estimated 27 mpg (combined). From a standstill it reaches 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, and it has a top speed of 155 mph.
For the first time Mercedes-Benz is offering a choice of three variants of the lightweight-construction vario-roof for the new SLK: in just a few seconds this feature transforms the roadster into a coupe with a "fixed" roof at the touch of a button – and vice versa:
1) The standard version is a roof painted in the vehicle color.
2) Optionally available is a panorama vario-roof with dark-tinted glass.
3) The third option is a world premiere – the panorama vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL. This glass roof switches to light or dark at the press of a button. In light mode it is virtually transparent, offering an open-air experience even in cold weather. In its dark state the roof provides welcome shade and prevents the interior from heating up from the sun's rays.
The 2012 SLK-Class goes on-sale in the U.S. this summer.