The SLK has always been an interesting proposition in terms of styling cues. An we’re not saying that just because it is a magician that pulls a coupe roof out of its cabrio hat. The SLK has offered a design that is best described as being “smart”. The third generation follows the same pathway, taking things even further.
It’s no cliche - the SLK is now mature and this has brought a robotic image to it. We really like its angular styling cues, which also offer the impression of force. As for the “smart” image, it’s simple - you just look at this car an feel it’s packed with goodies. And it’s not just the angular shapes that give you the idea that you’re riding on a robot instead of driving a car - the details, such as the air intakes on the hood and the air vents on the sides are also important.
The most striking element is the upward front grille: you see it and your brain is instantly overwhelmed with emotions, as it strongly resembles that of the SLS AMG supercar.
The rear end doesn’t manage to be as impressive as the front of the car, but we can’t say that the SLK can be entered into the “one-end-only” beauty category.
The vehicle we tested was fitted with the AMG exterior package, as well as with LED headlights, riding on 18-inch rims. All these rather subtle changes made a world of difference - it’s like comparing an athlete waiting to take off the line with a casual jogger.
The Germans have paid a lot of attention to details. For example, the wind protection now comes via two transparent panels that are attached to the rollover protection elements (you have to rotate them by hand). Your eyes will love this feature, but only until you get inside the car and they become a bit watery, as this solution is not the most practical one.Continue reading
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