Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class (R172)

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Mercedes-Benz R172[1]
Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY Sport-Paket AMG (R 172) – Frontansicht, 1. April 2011, Velbert.jpg
Manufacturer Daimler AG
Production 2011–
Assembly Bremen, Germany
Designer Il-hun Yoon (2007, 2008)
Body and chassis
Class Sports car (S)
Body style 2-door retractable hardtop
Layout FR layout
Related Mercedes-Benz W204
Mercedes-Benz C207
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz R171

The third generation of Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class (series R172) was launched in Stuttgart in January 2011,[2] with a subsequent public launch at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show,[3] with international sales starting spring 2011. It is the successor of R171 series of roadsters which was originally launched in 2004.

Initial release[edit]

Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY roadster (Germany)
Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY roadster (Germany)

The design follows the themes of both the first and second generations, but incorporating headlamp design from the 190 SL roadster from the 1950s, and front end inspired by Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé and Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Series 218.[4]

"Edition 1" model includes special paint finish SHAPE in glacier grey, panoramic vario-roof, Dynamic Handling package, AMG bodystyling, two-tone designo nappa leather with contrasting topstitching, AIRSCARF, ambient lighting and more.

Orders began in from 17 January 2011, and arrived to dealer showrooms on 26 March 2011. Early models include SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY, SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY, SLK 350 BlueEFFICIENCY.[5] US models went on sale in summer 2011 as 2012 model year vehicles.

For 2014 model year, minor changes were made to standard equipment, and AMG Sports package renamed to AMG Line.

Roadster Pure (2011-)[edit]

It is a version of SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY with 7-speed automatic transmission, panoramic vario-roof, and the multimedia system COMAND Online. 18-inch light-alloy wheels in 5-twin-spoke design, lowered sports suspension by 10 mm, LED daytime running lights, metallic paint and leather heated seats.

SLK 250 CDI (2011-)[edit]

It is the first version of SLK-class vehicle with diesel engine. Ordering of SLK 250 CDI began on 13 September 2011. Early models include 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, followed by six-speed manual transmission models in the second quarter of 2012. A BlueEFFICIENCY version of the SLK 250 CDI with 6-speed manual transmission was added to the range in the spring of 2012.[6] SLK 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY with 7-speed automatic transmission is sold in Germany and the UK.The dimensions of the car is : Length 4134mm, Width 1817mm, Height 1303mm, Wheelbase 2430mm .

SLK 55 AMG (2012-)[edit]

The SLK 55 AMG was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show,[7] and went on sale in January 2012.[8][9]

It is powered by the M152 engine, rated 421 PS (310 kW; 415 hp) @ 6,800rpm and 540 N·m (398 lb·ft) @ 4,500rpm, and equipped with AMG cylinder management, start/stop function, sports exhaust system with integrated exhaust flaps, AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, AMG sports suspension with torque vectoring brakes and AMG direct-steer system, 3-stage ESP, ventilated and perforated brake discs on all wheels with 360 x 36 mm front and 330 x 22 mm rear brake discs.


The third generation continues with the two-piece metal folding roof known as a Vario Roof, which includes a choice of a roof painted in the vehicle colour, a panoramic vario-roof with dark-tinted windows, or the panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL, which contains glass roof that can be switched to light or dark.


Petrol engines
Model Years Type Power@rpm Torque@rpm
SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 1,796 cc (110 cu in) I4 turbo (M 271 DE 18 AL) 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp)@5250 250 N·m (184 lb·ft)@1800-4600
SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 1,796 cc (110 cu in) I4 turbo (M 271 DE 18 AL) 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)@5500 310 N·m (229 lb·ft)@2000-4300
SLK 350 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 3,498 cc (213 cu in) V6 (M 276 DE 35) 306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp)@6500 370 N·m (273 lb·ft)@3500-5250
SLK 55 AMG 2012- 5,461 cc (333 cu in) V8 (M 152 DE 55) 421 PS (310 kW; 415 hp)@6800 540 N·m (398 lb·ft)@4500
Diesel engines
Model Years Type Power@rpm Torque@rpm
SLK 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2012- 2,143 cc (131 cu in) 16V I4 2-stage turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)@4200 500 N·m (369 lb·ft)@1600-1800

ECO start/stop is included for all engine models.[10]


Petrol engines
Model Years Types
SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic (7G-TRONIC PLUS)
SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic (7G-TRONIC PLUS)
SLK 350 BlueEFFICIENCY 2011- 7-speed automatic (7G-TRONIC PLUS)
SLK 55 AMG 2012- 7-speed automatic (AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS)
Diesel engines
Model Years Types
SLK 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 2012- 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic (7G-TRONIC PLUS)


Model Years 0-100 km/h (62 mph)
acceleration (second)
Top speed Emissions CO2
SLK 200 2011– 7.3 239 km/h (149 mph) 158 g/km
SLK 250 CDI automatic 2011– 6.7 243 km/h (151 mph) 132 g/km
SLK 250 automatic 2011– 6.6 243 km/h (151 mph) 153 g/km
SLK 350 automatic 2011– 5.6 249 km/h (155 mph) (electronically limited) 167 g/km
SLK 55 AMG automatic 2012– 4.1[11] 280 km/h (170 mph) (electronically limited) 195 g/km


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