Mercedes is applying the finishing touches to its all-new SLK as the popular folding hard-top roadster enters its latter stages of development at the Nurburgring.
This test car is the second lightly disguised SLK to be spotted in the past month. Although at first glance it appears similar to its predecessor, the new SLK features overhauled styling dominated at the front by a large oval shaped grille inspired by the look of the new CLS revealed at last week's Paris motor show.
Dimensionally, the two-seater new roadster has grown, but not by much. Length is up by 31mm at 4131mm, width extends by 33mm to 1808mm and height is up by a scant 9mm at 1304mm – all of which has served to liberate greater interior accommodation and boot space.
It’s underneath the aluminium and steel body, though, where Mercedes-Benz concentrated much of its development work. “We wanted to give the SLK a more sporting flavor without compromising its inherent comfort,” project leader Jürgen Weissinger told Autocar last month.
Among the chassis developments are wider tracks and variable damping control that will be offered as part of an optional agility package.