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Leaked promo film accidentally shows Merc's all-new SLK ahead of its official debut at Geneva
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9 December 2010

This is Mercedes-Benz’s new SLK, accidentally revealed when a French promotional film leaked onto the internet for a few hours over the weekend.

There’s enough detail in the footage to see the new car’s more aggressive front end, including a prominent oval-shaped grille, and the sharper lines in its tail.

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The new SLK grows compared with the old car; it’s 31mm longer, at 4131mm, and 33mm wider, at 1808mm. It’s a little taller too, at 1304mm. Mercedes insiders say these modest increases have all been used to improve interior accommodation and boot space.

Mercedes is promising a more focused experience than on the outgoing model, helped by wider tracks and variable damping control that will be offered in an optional agility package.

The line-up will comprise the SLK200 (184bhp, 44.1mpg), SLK250 (204bhp, 45.5mpg), SLK350 (306bhp, 39.8mpg) and SLK250 CDI (204bhp). But while Mercedes’ performance division AMG has chosen a twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 to power the new S63, CL63 and CLS63 AMG models, the baby roadster will get a new normally aspirated, 5.5-litre motor.

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It’s expected to deliver around 422bhp, or 62bhp more than the 5.4-litre V8 used by the outgoing SLK55 AMG - and to improve on its fuel economy, thanks to the introduction of a cylinder cut-off mechanism that works during part throttle loads.

The SLK’s public debut is scheduled for the Geneva motor show in spring 2011 - although this premature leak of so much footage may yet prompt the manufacturer to officially release information ahead of this date.

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Pistachio 7 December 2010

Re: New Mercedes SLK unveiled

Stick, Ugly, With, Beaten.....re-arrange words to suit. What have they done. The cars are supposed to get better looking not uglier. You guys should do a history pix line of the SLK. And this is supposed to get sales back from Audi ????

230SL 7 December 2010

Re: New Mercedes SLK unveiled

Looks like the same guy worked on this who did Joan Rivers facelift.

kdwilcox 7 December 2010

Re: New Mercedes SLK unveiled

The Special One.

' puts Boxster in its place', i am no Porsche fan but come

on.

The Boxster would blow both the Z4 and TT off the road

with no problem,as for looks,well,yes all three would put

the Boxster in its place,mind,thats not hard to do,is it!


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