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Mercedes SLK Roadster news - Merc's New Year makeover - 2008
Like every good
fashionista, the Mercedes SLK has had a New Year makeover. It’s a subtle one,
mind - a couple of visual tweaks here, a modicum of engine fettling there.
Due to go on sale in the
UK from April, the revised SLK gets new bumpers front and back, bigger door
mirrors - all the better for checking one’s coiffured locks, darling - and
AMG-style darkened tail lights. Told you they were subtle changes.
The SLK’s three engines
have been tweaked, too, for greater economy and a smidge more power. The
3.5-litre V6 in the SLK 350 has been upped to 305bhp and 265lb ft of torque,
while the SLK 200 now puts out 184bhp, up some 21bhp. While the SLK 280’s power
remains the same, fuel consumption and carbon emissions are down.
The V8 in the SLK 55 AMG
remains untouched, however - in fact, the only alterations to the mental
roadster are the same cosmetic enhancements as the stock SLK, a new steering
rack and a mildly revised instrument cluster.
No matter - brute pace and
the ability to rearrange even the most sedate haircut into an Amy
Winehouse-style beehive never go out of fashion.