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Mercedes-Benz delivers its second generation SLK roadster Down Under

7 Sep 2004

ALWAYS a good looker and a breakthrough car in its own way thanks to the retractable metal roof, the original SLK is now making way for generation II. While the fundamental design philosophy is unaltered, there are many significant changes to the mechanical package that make this a better car, while the styling is simply outstanding. Initially, we get two engine variants in Australia - a supercharged 1.8-litre and a brand-new 3.5-litre V6. Both have their attributes and their issues, while big dollar petrol-heads can look forward to the AMG V8 hot-rod in the second quarter of 2005.
Model release date: 1 September 2004 to 1 May 2008

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Mercedes-Benz SLK

Released: February 97
Ended: September 04
Family Tree: SLK-class

Launched in Europe in 1996, the original SLK roadster arrived in Australia in February 1997. Initially available in 142kW/280Nm supercharged 2.2-litre SLK230 Kompressor guise for $98,500, the SLK range grew with a 100kW/190Nm 2.0-litre SLK200 ($87,300) in November 1997. A facelifted SLK range in July 2000 comprised a 120kW/230Nm supercharged 2.0-litre SLK200 Kompressor ($86,600), the 145kW/280Nm SLK230 Kompressor and the V6-powered 160kW/310Nm SLK320. The range-topping SLK32 AMG arrived here in September 2001, priced at $154,400.

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