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2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK280 Review


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A three-quarter front view of a 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK280

In short: A fast and fun hard-top roadster.

Although not as quick as the SLK350, Mercedes' entry level roadster still boasts quick moves and the marvelous retractable hard-top that's still a treat to behold. The convertible's 228-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6 engine provides plenty of pep for the sprightly two-seater while still allowing the Mercedes-Benz SLK280 to achieve a respectable 27 mpg highway.

2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK280

A three-quarter rear view of a 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK280

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Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000 mile new vehicle warranty, 24 Hour roadside assistance program.

Base Price: $42,900 / As tested: $48,705

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Engine: 3.0-liter, 24-Valve Aluminum V6
Horsepower: 228 hp
Torque: 221 lb-ft

Transmission: Seven-speed automatic transmission

Safety: Three-Point seat-belt with pre-tensioners and dual-stage belt force limiters; dual front airbags; head-thorax airbags integrated into seat backrest; dual knee bags; Supplemental Restraint System with occupant sensor; steel reinforced cabin with front and rear crumple zones; Tele Aid Emergency Calling and Communication System; baby smart child seat recognition

Brakes: 11.8 ventilated with Floating One-Piston Caliper (F), 10.9 Solid Disc with Two-Piston Calipers(R); Power Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and Brake Assist

EPA City : 20 mpg
EPA Highway: 27 mpg

Handling: Speed-sensitive variable assist three-spoke multifunction power steering wheel with manual adjustment for height and reach, five-Spoke aluminum alloy wheels, 205/55 R16 tires(F); 225/50 R16 tires(R), independent Three-link front suspension, independent five-arm multi-link rear suspension

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(Updated 01/10/12 NW)