2012 MERCEDES BENZ SLK ROADSTER
Mercedes finally released the last pieces of the SLK puzzle. 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK claimed to offer a 25% increase in fuel economy compared to the previous model, in Europe, the SLK will be available with three engines, all of them featuring direct injection and stop/start systems.
Mercedes-Benz SLK will come with a conventional steel suspension, while optional goodies include a sports suspension with harder springs and dampers and the Dynamic Handling Package with continuous adjustable damping, further refined by a better steering system and torque vectoring brakes.
Comfort aside from the innovative (and optional) Magic Sky Control panoramic glass-roof, owners will also be able to enjoy the benefits of the Airguide draught-stop and Airscarf heating system, ensuring that open-top motoring is possible even in cold weather. Safety offers better protection, complemented by active features, such as PreSafe and Presafe Brake.
The base model’s shoes is the SLK 200 BlueEfficiency variant, powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder powerplant, capable of 184 hp. Mated to a seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission, the four-pot needs just 6.1 liters of gasoline per 100 km (38.6 US mpg) in the combined cycle. The SLK 200 sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7 seconds and has a top speed of 237 km/h (147 mph).
Next up is the SLK 250 BlueEfficiency, fitted with the same engine, but tuned to deliver 204 hp. It accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.6 seconds and maxes out at 243 km/h (151 mph). Furthermore, the extra oomph doesn’t take its toll at the pump, as the SLK 250 consumes 6.2 lt/100 km (38 US mpg).
And the top of the line-up will be the SLK 350 BlueEfficiency, motivated by a newly developed 306-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. The bevy of technology found under the bonnet helps the range-topping SLK return good mileage as well (7.1 lt/100 km or 33 mpg) and sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.6 seconds. Top speed is pegged at 250 km/h or 155 mph.
For US the new generation of Merc’s roadster model will be offered in two variants, the 302HP SLK 350 (0-60mph in 5.4 sec) and the 201HP 1.8-liter four-cylinder SLK 250 (0-60mph in 6.5 sec, 27mpg combined with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox).
2011 MERCEDES BENZ SLS AMG E-CELL CONCEPT
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell Concept has the big news, the announcement that it will enter production within the next couple of years. The customers will be able to order it from their Mercedes-Benz dealers from 2013 onwards.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-CELL is the most technically advanced super sports car in the 125-year history of the automobile, and shows just how fascinating electromobility can be.
Under bonnet, high-revving, synchronous electric motors, which can reach 12,000 rpm, producing a combined output of 526 hp (392 kW) with a peak torque of 880 Nm (649 lb-ft) of torque, enough to catapult the E-Cell to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4 seconds or almost as fast as the stock SLS’ 571 hp V8 gasoline engine (3,8 seconds).
Also support by E-Cell’s drive is also comprised of a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery featuring a modular design and a maximum electric load potential of 480 kW. Aside the power outlet, the 400-volt battery can also be charged by the regenerative braking system.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell is electric sports car. By positioning the electric motors as close to the wheels as possible and carefully placing the battery modules throughout the chassis, engineers managed to obtain a near-perfect weight distribution. The new front suspension, boasting a multilink setup with pushrod damper struts, is another feature usually found on high performance cars, alongside the oversized ceramic composite brakes.
Finished in a fluorescent “AMG lumilectric magno” paint, the body has been fitted with an extensive aerodynamic kit. The 10-spoke 19-inch AMG alloys, shod in 265/35 front and 295/30 rear tires, round up the exterior appointments.
While in interior there’s a new instrument cluster and center console housing a 10-inch display, used to operate all audio, climate and navigation functions. Other touches include the black/white nappa leather combination, sport seats and steering wheel.