Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class (R170)

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Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class (R170)
1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor Automatic 2.3.jpg
Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor pre-facelift
Overview
Manufacturer
Production September 1996 – December 2003
Assembly
Designer
Body and chassis
Class Sport compact
Body style 2-door roadster
Layout Longitudinal front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,400 mm (94 in)
Length 3,995 mm (157 in)
Width 1,715 mm (68 in)
Height 1,289 mm (51 in)
Kerb weight 1,195–1,461 kg (2,630–3,220 lb)
Chronology
Successor Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class (R171)

The R170 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is the first generation of the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class range of compact luxury roadsters produced by Mercedes-Benz between 1996 and 2004.[1]

SLK stands for the company’s design mission to create a sportlich (sporty), leicht (light) and kurz (compact) roadster,[2] and is based on a shortened platform of the W202 Mercedes C-Class.

It was replaced by the Mercedes R171 SLK in 2005.[3]

Development and launch[edit]

The R170 Mercedes SLK is based on the SLK I Concept and SLK II Concept, which is a two-seater roadster concept car that features a folding metal electro-hydraulic roof, dubbed 'vario-roof' by Mercedes, and takes 25 seconds to operate.[4] A German design patent was filed on 30 September 1993, with the final production version of the SLK introduced at the Turin Motor Show on 22 April 1996.[5][6]

The R170 SLK is based on the W202 C-Class platform, sharing many drivetrain and chassis components, as well as using a shortened version of the floor pan.[7] The wheelbase is also identical to the wheelbase of the 190SL and 300SL, at 2,400 mm (94 in).[8]

The platform of the R170 Mercedes SLK is also used by the Chrysler Crossfire, which shares 80% of its components with the car.[9][10]

Equipment[edit]

Standard equipment includes power heated seats, power windows, power steering, dual-zone climate control, automatically dimming mirrors, and alloy wheels. Safety features include front and side driver and passenger airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control.[11] Models could also be optioned with the AMG body design package, thats features body colour side skirts, chromed tailpipes, and 17-inch AMG alloy wheels. Wider wheels were also available on SLK230 Kompressor models.[12]

Models[edit]

SLK200, SLK200 Kompressor[edit]

SLK 200 Kompressor facelift

The SLK200 was exported and sold exclusively to Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, and Greece, and was only available with the Getrag five-speed manual transmission in most countries.[13] After the 2000 facelift, the SLK200 Kompressor was introduced to the worldwide market, replacing the SLK200.

Engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0-100 km/h
SLK200 1996–2000 M111.946
2.0 L I4
100 kW (134 hp)
@ 5,000 rpm
190 N⋅m (140 lb⋅ft)
@ 3,700–4,500 rpm
9.3 s
SLK200
Kompressor
1996–2000 M111.943
2.0 L I4 supercharged
141 kW (189 hp)
@ 5,300 rpm
270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,500–4,800 rpm
7.7 s
2000–2004 M111.958
2.0 L I4 supercharged
120 kW (161 hp)
@ 5,300 rpm
230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,500–4,800 rpm
8.2 s
SLK230
Kompressor
1996–2000 M111.973
2.3 L I4 supercharged
142 kW (190 hp)
@ 5,300 rpm
280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,500–4,800 rpm
7.4 s
2000–2004 M111.983
2.3 L I4 supercharged
145 kW (194 hp)
@ 5,500 rpm
280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,500 rpm
7.2 s
SLK320 2000–2004 M112 E32
3.2 L V6
160 kW (215 hp)
@ 5,700 rpm
310 N⋅m (229 lb⋅ft)
@ 3,000–4,600 rpm
6.9 s
SLK32 AMG 2001–2004 M112 C32
3.2 L V6 supercharged
260 kW (349 hp)
@ 6,100 rpm
450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft)
@ 4,400 rpm
5.2 s

SLK32 AMG version[edit]

SLK32 AMG

The SLK32 AMG was introduced in 2001, designed to rival the BMW M Roadster and Porsche Boxster S.[14] The car featured the same M112 engine as in the SLK320, but has a helical twin-screw supercharger and water-to-air intercooler.[15]

The SLK32 AMG introduced Mercedes’ new ‘SpeedShift’ 5G-Tronic (automatic) transmission, that allow for manual shifting of the gears, and faster automatic downshifts before overtaking.[16] There was no manual transmission option available for the SLK32 AMG.

The SLK32 AMG features a more angular steering wheel, AMG instrument dials, an updated front and rear bumper with larger air intakes, and larger brakes; from 300 mm (12 in), upgraded to 334 mm (13 in) in diameter.[17] SLK32 production started from January 2001, to March 2004. A total of 4,333 were produced; 979 were sold in Germany, 2,056 were imported to the US, and 263 to the UK.[18]

Model year changes[edit]

1998[edit]

  • Passenger airbag will now automatically deactivate if Mercedes-branded child seat is fitted[19]

1999[edit]

  • Storage net, automatic-dimming rear view mirrors, and vehicle motion sensing alarm added[20]
  • Manual transmission and AMG body design package options introduced[21]

2000 facelift[edit]

Production for facelift models began after February 2000. Major changes include:

  • Exterior design changes including: redesigned front and rear bumpers, a redesigned silver grille and tailights,[22] body-colour painted side-skirts and door handles,[23] integrated indicators in wing mirrors,[24] and stainless steel trim in the exhaust[25]
  • Interior design changes including: a restyled steering wheel and transmission shifter, and more supportive sports seats[26]
  • SLK230 Kompressor engine updated, SLK320 introduced, and SLK200 Kompressor replaces SLK200 and now introduced for worldwide market[27]
  • Electronic stability control upgraded[28]
  • The fuel tank volume was increased from 45 L (12 US gal) to 53 L (14 US gal)[29][30]

2001[edit]

  • Six-speed manual transmission introduced, replacing the existing five-speed manual transmission[31]
  • SLK32 AMG high performance variant introduced[32]

Production volumes[edit]

The following are production figures for the R170 SLK[33][34]:

Model Total
SLK200 44,846
SLK200 Kompressor 125,873
SLK230 Kompressor 102,754
SLK320 33,416
SLK32 AMG 4,333
Total: 311,222

Awards[edit]

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