Looking for a Mercedes SLK Number Plates?
Posted on May 18, 2011 by Number Plates
There are currently three generations:
1: R170 launched in 1996
2: R171 in 2004
3: R172 in 2011
The SLK was one of the first modern retractable hardtop convertibles, the SLK followed the 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyder and preceded other retractable hardtops such as the Peugeot 206cc, Lexus SC, Pontiac G6 and the Chrysler Sebring.
The SLK-Class was launched in 1996 on the new R170-platform. The SLK 230 Kompressor launch model was designed to compete with the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z3. Based on the 1994 concept SLK I shown at the Turin Motor Show and the SLK II from the Paris Motor Show, it featured an unusual folding hardtop. It was powered by a 193 hp 2.3 L supercharged I4 engine and a choice of automatic transmission or 5-speed manual transmission. The steel roof provides added protection normally found in a coupe with the enjoyment of a convertible at the same time. The technology was considered advanced as its rivals still had folding cloth tops.
In 2000 the SLK received a facelift which included new front and rear bumper designs, body-coloured side skirts and the introduction of new wing mirrors incorporating indicators. The range was expanded to include a new entry-level model .In July 2004 a Special Edition was launched prior to the replacement with the new R171 SLK in 2005. The R170 lived on as the Chrysler Crossfire until 2008, sharing substantial elements of the SLK including engines and interiors.
Mercedes-Benz R171 (2004-2008)
The second generation SLK vehicle was unveiled in 74th Geneva Motor Show in March 2004 with a new body, new engines and new interior. Known by its code name R171, the exterior featured a new Formula One-inspired front design, and also took design cues from the Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA concept car from 2000. For 2005 the SLK was named one of Car and Driver Ten Best and won the Canadian Car of the Year’s Best New Convertible award.
Mercedes-Benz announced the new SLK in the autumn of 2010, several months prior to its official 2011 launch, allowing car magazines to drive disguised test cars. The company took the unusual step of issuing several press releases in October and November 2010 announcing new features such as “Magic Sky Control”.
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