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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 Review

Hot Hardtop Convertible

A three-quarter front view of a red 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

In short: A luxurious 2-passenger hardtop convertible.

While the previous generation SLK failed to impress with its 185-horsepower 4-cylinder, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 comes ready to play with a throaty 3.5-liter direct-injected V6 that supplies a healthy 302 horses. Inside the cozy yet comfortable two-passenger cabin, a booming eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming and HD radio provide the perfect soundtrack to your top-down travels.

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile drivetrain warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile corrosion warranty; 24-hour roadside assistance program

Base Price: $54,800 / As tested: $65,875

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertibles

Engine: 3.5-liter V6 engine with direct injection
Horsepower: 302 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 3,500-5,250 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters

Curb weight:
3,397 lbs
Wheelbase: 95.7 in
Length/Width/Height: 162.8/79/51.2 in
Turning circle: 34.5 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: 3-link front with antidive geometry and stabilizer bar; 5-arm multi-link rear with antisquat geometry and stabilizer bar

Traction: electronic stability program

0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City:
20 mpg
EPA Highway: 29 mpg

two-stage dual front airbags; driver and passenger knee airbags; head airbags; thorax airbags

Likes: quality build; performance; style

Dislikes: price; mpg; cramped quarters


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