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Nico Rosberg and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK – Click above to watch the video after the jump

One of the benefits of having an F1 team at your disposal is that, in the off season at least, you've got some of the world's best professional drivers on call for test driving duties. And promotional detail, too.

In this case, we're talking about Mercedes-Benz – specifically its upcoming 2012 SLK and star driver Nico Rosberg. Vehicle engineer Michael Scheer shot some footage riding shotgun in the new roadster around Monte Carlo as Rosberg gave us a glimpse of what to expect from the new SLK, demonstrating as well that trick Magic Sky Control tinting roof. Check it out in the video after the jump.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz via YouTube]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This was one of the creepiest ads I have ever seen.
      And seeing as this is a chick car, it really should have had a couple of girls doing this.
      I don't know any man that has ever owned one of these.

      On a positive note, it looks a 1000 times better inside and out than the previous SLK.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jokes and bad camera work aside, I'm thrilled to see this tech finally trickle down to (relatively) cheaper convertibles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What tech are you talking about exactly?
        I'm a huge fan of that bold new SLS inspired grill. I think I like that fascia even more than the C-class's O.O
        • 4 Years Ago

        The Magic Sky glass roof, it used to be an option on only the Maybachs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nico is such a stud/twink (I'm not really sure which but I would either way)!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I didn't know that tinty thing existed! My mind is blown.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont care how casual it is supposed to look. But if you do any promotion for a new Mercedes with a formula 1 driver you need better camera skills and editing than this. This was just embarrassing, I do however like the look of the car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        just like politics, you can't do it right for everyone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think they used the camera angles and poor editing on purpose to try to be edgy, hip, or youthful. I imagine they're trying to make this video look like a playful YouTube video..except it involves two grown men...doesn't work, clearly. It seems like they're trying to stray away from being technical (read, "boring", to those uninterested in engineering [not me]) while still giving the engineer himself the credit they deserve/wanted, so they just have a garish, metrosexual formula 1 driver give his "impressions" to make things more interesting. Id prefer a dreary informative video to something bland and artificial like this or their SLS E-Cell video with David Coulthard any day. We know it's contrived, you're not fooling anyone. I don't know how they could even be satisfied with this. I never want to hear that music or see a center console stroked that way ever again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ive started to notice every automaker rocking the 2 bottom spoke silver steering wheel design...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Plot was thought out, and direct. I see they went with a new edgy camera work, and while I understand it, I highly disapprove. But the acting. Too stiff, I didn't feel good character development and although there was some emotion it lacked the spirit of other MB Works. Overall 4/10. Perhaps engineers should stick with engineering and advertisers should stick with advertising.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "what's up with the camera?"
      "oh don't worry I'm just filming with it"

      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes Mercedes! A nearly 40+year old concept, 30 year old prototype, 15 year old design, 10 year old technology, is in your roof!! Sweet!

      Nice looking car though. I can't say anything bad about that. Like it much more than the previous SLK. And yes! no push button start, but a good old fashioned twist key!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mercede's Push Button start is actually called a SmartKey and it's basically the key end of a key with a button on the other side. You can easily pull it off if you want and use a regular key.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is like a bad porno
        • 4 Years Ago
        Especially that background music.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What kind of pornos are you watching?? They are talking very flatly because thats how those two men speak.
        • 4 Years Ago

        there's no such things as bad porno. giggidy
      • 4 Years Ago
      An honest SLK test would have a 20+ girl "driving" in high heels, talking on her cell phone, texting on her BBerry, NAV searching for overprice coffee and staring at herself in the rearview mirror.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And flipping her hair and applying lipstick in the visor mirror at every other light, holding up traffic. SLK's really are girl cars haha
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