• Apr 22, 2011
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster has received a substantial makeover for 2012, with reworked powertrains and more masculine sheetmetal. The SLK350's new 3.5-liter V6 helps back up that fresh dose of manliness with 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, thanks to the addition of direct injection. Having driven the roadster, we found the upgrades help make the car more entertaining to drive, and now we can put a price tag on these refinements.

Mercedes-Benz has announced that the 2012 SLK350 will start at $55,675 (*including $875 in destination charges). That's a $1,500 increase over the 2011 model – a fair shake considering the updates. For comparison's sake, the folding hardtop SLK350 carries an MSRP that's $4,800 more than the Audi TTS Roadster and $950 more than the BMW Z4 sDrive35i. It does, however, continue to price out lower than the similarly powered Porsche Boxster S, which starts at $58,600. The SLK350 goes on sale on June 1.

If $55,675 is too rich or too powerful for your blood, you can opt to wait until February for the SLK250. Unfortunately, Mercedes hasn't announced pricing for the SLK250, but we do know that it will feature a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. Now, about that AMG...



[Source: Mercedes-Benz]


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      vakane
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow u guys are complaining about a brand new convertible MB is 50k...?? and Im shocked to see that they even have a convertible thats 50k and is not a c class....which his sibling the sl500 was expensive as hell and it whats cuz of the powerplant... this is in MB world is quite decent to be honest.
      rectalpoison
      • 3 Years Ago
      This will be the ugliest 50k+ car on the market when it his the showrooms in June.
      futuramautoblog
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will take the Z4 instead of this ugly duckling. Thank you very much.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @futuramautoblog
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      • 3 Years Ago
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        icerabbit
        • 3 Years Ago
        I was kinda shocked to read the American SLK is now $52K. But, that currently converts to 36K Euros. I think the low dollar can indeed be blamed for more expensive European imports.
          icerabbit
          • 3 Years Ago
          @icerabbit
          10 year Euro - USD history, for those who are interested. http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=USD&to=EUR&view=10Y
        mikoprivat
        • 3 Years Ago
        To nick...you may be a Mercedes connoisseur, but you need more homework done on your currency knowledge and economics in general. The Mercedes slk350 in Germany STARTS at 53000 Euros, so if my modest math is correct , you can buy the Mercedes of your dreams with your devalued dollars at a min. 40% savings in the USA. Maybe you should think before writing next time...you can certainly avoid sounding ...well, incompetent
      Darex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Must be driven barefooted only.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      This benz model has always been junk. Im sure the new one isn't any better.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Budweiser has always been junk, and their new iterations are never any better.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks so much better than the older ones. That dash that looks like the SLS makes it a bargain I think.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      rmkensington
      • 3 Years Ago
      And how much is a Miata that is just as much fun to drive?
      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      was hoping that the AMG version would be a performance bargan but seeing how high this starts, how can it be...
      HollyWood Hogan
      • 3 Years Ago
      They are nuts at that price.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Less of a chick car, more of a budget SL now. I'm saying budget because even if this car is overpriced compared to competitors, the SL's price is still absurd.
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