The Mercedes-Benz SLK Story to Date

With over a half-million sold worldwide, the Mercedes-Benz SLK has been a success story since it was first introduced as a concept car at the Turin Auto Show back in 1994. Production models arrived in 1997. To honor the SLK’s 10th Anniversary, the SL Market Letter published the article, “Mercedes-Benz SLK – A Home Run!” that outlines the features and changes in the SLK since it was introduced.

Below we focus our discussion on the SLK AMG and provide excerpts of the SL Market Letter article (published in quotes below with John Olson’s permission).

2002 SLK32 AMG2002 SLK320 AMG Mercedes-Benz | AMG Market

Introduced during 2001, the 2002 SLK32 AMG was the first SLK to wear the “AMG” badge. Originally priced at $55k, it features a supercharged and inter-cooled V6 engine that produces 332 lb-ft of torque.

2002: Enter the SLK32 AMG with a whopping 349 HP (0-60 in 4.8 seconds). Three engine choices: 1) 192 HP four valve, supercharged 4 cylinder, 2) 215 HP V6 and 3) the AMG V6. The SLK32 AMG’s engine has twin spark plugs per cylinder for maximum combustion. A newly engineered five-gear “SpeedShift” boasts 35% quicker automatic shifts. The SLK32 AMG uses lower (numeric) transmission gears and a 3.07:1 rear axle for an electronically limited top-speed of 155 mph….

The AMG supecharger is the Lysholm-type (screw type), which provides boost virtually from idle speed. The AMG variant has reinforced suspension and newly designed wheels for better brake cooling. Brakes became 13.15″ diameter vs. 11.8″ standard. Revised air dams/spoilers minimize and balance aerodynamic lift front-to-rear and top speed. A small lip spoiler at the trailing edge of the trunk lid reduces rear airlift by more than 50%. AMG interiors introduce more bolstered seats, unique two-tone leather and dark birds-eye maple wood. AMG instruments are finished in silver. The warranty included free adjustments and regularly scheduled maintenance for the full four years or 50,000 miles. [warranty ended in 2006].

The anti-lock brakes include Mercedes’ Electronic Brake Assist, traction control, and Electronic Stability Program (ESP). Drivers can switch the ESP off to more thoroughly enjoy track events and autocross competitions.

Note: The SL Market Letter has re-published the SLK article on their website as an example article from the SL Market Letter (newsletter). You can subscribe to the SL Market Letter here.
*Excerpts of the article are published here with the publisher’s permission.

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