A diesel version of the Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster is available for the first time in the shape of the new SLK 250 CDI.
The latest addition to the Stuttgart manufacturer’s sports car range is fitted with a 2143cc, 204bhp four-cylinder oil-burning engine.
Mercedes’ official performance figures claim 0-62mph in 6.7sec, a top speed of 151mph, 368lb ft of torque and fuel consumption of 57mpg. The stated CO2 emission figure is 128g/km and, like all SLK models, the 250 CDI features a stop-start system as standard.
Externally the new car is the same as the petrol variants, and retains the twin-exhaust system.
The car is fitted with the standard 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission, but a six-speed manual will follow in the second quarter of 2012.
There are also three suspension versions available: a conventional steel suspension, a sports suspension with a stiffer spring and damper set-up or a suspension with an electronically controlled, fully automatic damping system. The latter is part of the Dynamic Handling package.
Like the petrol-powered variants of the SLK, the 250 CDI is available with a choice of three versions of the vario-roof.
The 250 CDI will be available from 13 September. Although the UK price has yet to be confirmed, the car’s German cost will be 41,828.50 euros, which equates to around £36,770.