2003 SLK-ClassNew Car Test Drive
Right out of the box, the Mercedes-Benz SLK won North American Car of the Year honors. That was in 1997, and the little German roadster has gotten better and better ever since.
The Mercedes-Benz SLK underwent a major makeover for the 2001 model year with redesigned exterior, interior and with the addition of an optional V6 engine. For 2002, Mercedes-Benz has launched the SLK32 AMG, a hot-rodded version that offers 349 horsepower.
Yet the SLK maintains its reasonable price structure. This four-season sports car was introduced in 1997 with a base price of $39,700. Five years later, the base price for the 2002 model is only $39,400.
All SLK models are two-seat roadsters with an amazing full power folding steel weatherproof top.
For 2002 the SLK is available in three versions:
The SLK230 Kompressor, powered by a 192-horsepower supercharged four-cylinder engine, is priced at $39,400. Standard equipment includes state-of-the-art safety equipment as electronic stability control and side-impact airbags. Heated mirrors and a Bose sound system come standard, along with high-performance tires and front and rear fog lights.
SLK320, with a 215-horsepower normally aspirated V6, is $44,800. It adds the V6 engine, wood trim for the interior, power seats and a telescoping steering wheel.
New for 2002 is the SLK32 AMG for $54,900. In addition to its hot-rodded, supercharged V6 engine and AMG SpeedShift automatic transmission programming, the SLK32 AMG gets a special aerodynamic body kit, heated seats, monoblock alloy wheels and Z-rated high-performance tires.
New for 2002 is a redesigned Sport option package ($4,200) for the SLK230 and SLK320 that includes side sills, a front air dam, rear fascia, projector-beam fog lights and AMG alloy wheels.