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silver-arrow
12-03-2010, 07:13 PM
http://www.autojunk.nl/2010/12/new-mercedes-slk-commercial

IcedG35
12-03-2010, 07:52 PM
looks kind of stumpy opposed to the long more elegant profile of the Z4

the future
12-04-2010, 10:28 AM
http://www.autojunk.nl/2010/12/new-mercedes-slk-commercial

Mercedes has lost the hang of it.

And that not only since today.

carenthusiast
12-04-2010, 11:25 AM
the SLK doesn't look young anymore :(

Reppu
12-04-2010, 01:07 PM
the SLK doesn't look young anymore :(

Perfect description!. In my opinion The Z4 obliterates this on the looks department.

Ascariss
12-04-2010, 02:17 PM
meh, they tried making it more aggressive but it didn't work out 100%. I was hoping for something good but merc did not deliver.

btw what is the car he is passing at 2 min? new B or A class?

silver-arrow
12-04-2010, 02:35 PM
btw what is the car he is passing at 2 min? new B or A class?

saw that too...its the new B-Class

the1
12-04-2010, 03:03 PM
LOL! It's a Peugeot 207. :)

I hate the new SLK. It looks forced and kitschy.

Comrade
12-04-2010, 04:58 PM
looks kind of stumpy opposed to the long more elegant profile of the Z4
Just the word I was looking for to describe this car.

The Z4 is awesome. I think it has Aston Martin-like presence. Very masculine looking roadster.

CosworthKid
12-04-2010, 06:02 PM
I like it even though i am not blown away. The tech is impressive though

swizzle
12-04-2010, 09:00 PM
Yay a big huge truck face!!!! Woo hoo!!

MBsam
12-04-2010, 10:02 PM
Bahahaha SO true Swizzle! You can just see the coffee fueled design session that produced that result...

"More light pipes, get me more light pipes. Where are the LEDs?! More LEDs!! More projector beams too! Moreeeeee." Now take all the elements and times them by 2. Perfect."

2o6
12-04-2010, 11:26 PM
This looks terrible. You have a truck nosed overstyled face that is scaled wrong for the car, a rear end with big tail lights and lotsa LED's and fussy design features paired with a comparatively smooth profile. And to top it off, it looks really stumpy.

effew
12-05-2010, 12:37 AM
Wow, this is... yeah... Anyways, hopefully it gets a decent engine (4.6L Twin-Turbo V8), either way I'm gonna be in the market for a used SL65 now that I know the SLK isn't getting any better.

swizzle
12-05-2010, 05:02 AM
The only way to sell this vomit is to offer HUGE engines....Yet another example of Mercedes messing up.

Blackraven
12-05-2010, 09:51 AM
The only way to sell this vomit is to offer HUGE engines....Yet another example of Mercedes messing up.

Well, it seems a bit too early to tell but I think they did well with this model. Range topper with most likely be the AMG version with the 5.5 liter twin turbo V8 (with AMG performance package to boost power and torque)

:)

mick78
12-05-2010, 11:00 AM
Yay a big huge truck face!!!! Woo hoo!!

Surely being the weakest part of a mdiocre redesign. To me that looks like a "pimp me" version of the outgoing model, no new proportions or anything, not looking any more modoern, just with more decoration like vents and LEDs and stuff...

The design hits the rock bottom with the front bumper however, boxy and with gapping holes everywhere, looking like some cheap tunning kit for a ies hot hatchback....

I'm not entirely in love with the Z4 (i think the old, which I really didn't like initially but grew a lot on me, had some very distinct style), but it is altogether a so much nicer design, my decision time between those two could be measured in nano seconds. Even a Audi TT and Alfa Spider, though being FWD and thus entirely wrong for a Roadster, are much more preferable products for me....

ocn75
12-05-2010, 01:06 PM
It doesn't look that bad. The front is definitely the weakest aspect of the design, but it's hardly a disaster.

swizzle
12-05-2010, 02:35 PM
The front looks like it belongs to a car two sizes larger. Between this, the bland TT, and the fussy and temperamental Boxster, BMW will be laughing all the way to the bank over Z4 sales.

MBsam
12-05-2010, 08:14 PM
I donno...what I like so much about the current TT is that it has a big face and an aggressive presence while still being restrained and understated. It really has exquisite detailing. The Boxster's the boring one. The Z4 the fussy one.

Oz Astra
01-13-2011, 10:11 AM
http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story/4108790B1A943696CA2578170006244B/$file/Mercedes-Benz_SLK_large.jpg?OpenElement

Third-generation Mercedes SLK revealed ahead of third-quarter launch in Australia

13 January 2011
By RON HAMMERTON
MERCEDES-BENZ’S new-generation SLK roadster has jumped out of the box in Europe ahead of its rolling launch that is set to start at the German car-maker’s 125th anniversary celebrations in Stuttgart later this month, followed by a public unveiling at the Geneva motor show in March.

Three weeks after images were leaked on the internet in a video from Europe, eight official studio pictures of the evolutionary, SLS-inspired two-seater have been published, revealing that the new, third-generation model will retain its famous folding hardtop, which the SLK pioneered in this category.

This time, however, the roof will come with a choice of conventional steel panel or two types of sunroof – tinted glass or top-shelf electro-magnetic variable tint glass.

Promising “very competitive pricing”, Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed that the new model will be launched in Australia at the end of the third quarter this year, probably after a high-profile Australian International Motor Show unveiling in Melbourne in July.

The Australian branch of the luxury German car-maker has also confirmed that it will offer at least one version of Benz’s turbo-charged 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, along with at least one six-cylinder engine, probably the 3.5-litre direct-injection V6, in the SLK350.

The 223kW V6 SLK350 is said to accelerate to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds – slightly faster than the current equivalent.

Fuel economy is greatly improved, thanks to a range of fuel-saving measures such as idle-stop, delivering 7.1 litres per 100km, compared with 9.3L/100km for the current SLK350.

The V6 model will come standard with a new seven-speed automatic transmission, apparently dispensing with the current SLK350’s six-speed manual alternative.

However, the manual six-speed cog-swapper will be retained for four-cylinder models, alongside an automatic alternative.

The four-cylinder petrol models will be called SLK200 and SLK250, depending on which version of the turbo 1.8-litre engine they are equipped with – the 137kW standard tune or warmer 150kW version.

The entry-level SLK200 has a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 7.0 seconds, 0.6 faster than the current 200 Kompressor.

Whether Australia will get the SLK200 or SLK250 – or both – at launch remains to be seen.

At launch at least, the current 3.0-litre V6 powerplant has gone missing, with the four-cylinder SLK250 seemingly taking the place of the SLK300 in the line-up.

Mercedes-Benz says the 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel is also under consideration for Australia. Currently, no diesel SLK is offered in Australia, but with the growth of demand for diesel in all quarters of the market, this might change.

The company adds that it has no information yet on any hot AMG variant, which European reports speculate should get Benz’s AMG’s acclaimed twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8, but without turbo-charging.

Inside the new SLK, the dash has been remodeled in a style similar to the big-brother SLS.

As GoAuto has already reported, the new SLK will be loaded with a raft of Mercedes-Benz’s latest safety gear, including its Pre-Safe system that alerts the driver to an imminent collision and, if necessary, applies emergency braking.

In addition to the regular set of airbags, the SLK gets a new ‘headbag’, which provides lateral protection for the head impact area, as well as an additional thorax airbag in the seat backrest that protects the upper body in the event of a side impact.

Another new standard feature will be ‘Neck-Pro’ crash-responsive head restraints, developed by Mercedes to support the front occupants’ heads in the event of a rear impact and reduce the risk of whiplash.

Pedestrian safety has also been enhanced by sensors in the front bumper that register an impact and immediately raises the bonnet by 85mm to create additional space between the bonnet and the components in the engine compartment. This results in comparatively lower impact for the pedestrian’s head, reducing the overall risk of injury.

Other systems announced by Mercedes-Benz for the SLK include a camera that detects speed limit signs and displays them on the speedo, an ‘intelligent light system’ with five modes for different driving conditions, and a post-crash supplement to the Pre-Safe system that can automatically provide interior lighting, lower the side windows by 50mm for better ventilation and (where memory is fitted) raise the steering wheel.

Last year, Mercedes sold 338 SLKs in Australia, up 13.8 per cent on 2009. Rival Audi sold 646 TTs, while BMW found homes for 299 Z4s.

Current pricing for the SLK starts at $91,450 for the 1.8-litre SLK200K, rising to $119,690 for the SLK350 and on to $177,410 for the top-whack SL55 AMG.


from www.goauto.com.au

haji
01-13-2011, 10:40 AM
I think its okay.
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the1
01-13-2011, 11:38 AM
Proportions are wrong and details over the top!

http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/upload/24784/images/11NewMercedesSLKfirstpictures2011.jpg
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AMG
http://media.autoweek.nl/m/m1fyv54b4l6l_800.jpg
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IFa
01-13-2011, 12:01 PM
Still can't get over the front. I have to say the side profile looks great with the top down. I still think that the interior is a bit of an insult to SLS customers who surely wouldn't like seeing a cheaper car having practically the same interior design.

the1
01-13-2011, 12:37 PM
A MUCH cheaper car. Sharing the interior styling with the SL would have been acceptable, but the SLK???

IcedG35
01-14-2011, 04:09 AM
the front looks a lot like a BMW 6 series but with a Mercedes grill. overall very nice, especially the interior.

SV
01-14-2011, 05:20 AM
The front and rear are okay, but the side is amateurish at best. It's like they slapped on a set of generic fender vents and called it a day - apart from that unremarkable/unfortunate aspect, the rest of the car's flanks are, unusually for Mercedes, woefully under-adorned. And good Lord that door cutline is atrocious.

On the other hand, I'm not surprised at all by how ill-fitting and awkward the AMG/sport lower air dam is; it's a problem that seems to afflict most of Merc's recent efforts.

This is just a frustrating design on many levels because while there's the potential for a good-looking car here, it's destroyed by some mind-bogglingly idiotic decisions.

CosworthKid
01-15-2011, 11:31 AM
I think the rear view is gorgeous and also the SL-style interior is great but the rest is a mixed bag

Blackraven
01-15-2011, 06:39 PM
Looks fantastic. Am also digging this Magic Sky Roof thing.

Great job Mercedes Benz :)

pjl35
12-16-2015, 02:00 PM
Official - 2017 SLC. Thread title update might be in order.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qBGfIr2Ys4g/VnCev04IL5I/AAAAAAABRcU/2sbEjrmzh30/s800/2017-Mercedes-SLC-8.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uLbyB_rdOvM/VnCepYjdR8I/AAAAAAABRZI/6WF6cEy82cY/s800/2017-Mercedes-SLC-1.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MtJbZSf3LoU/VnCevUq5buI/AAAAAAABRcI/JCQkxnho_ho/s800/2017-Mercedes-SLC-7.jpg

http://www.carscoops.com/2015/12/2017-mercedes-benz-slc-brings-new-face.html

swizzle
12-16-2015, 02:33 PM
I find it yawn inducing.

Ascariss
12-16-2015, 08:57 PM
Not sure if this is an improvement, the rear looks ok. front is ok as well, overall doesn't excite me or bore me.

Fixed thread.

swizzle
12-17-2015, 02:37 AM
It looks like a 10 year old car is the problem. It sells so poorly, I wonder why they even bothered,

paranoidgarliclover
12-17-2015, 02:57 AM
I like the exterior changes, but the interior looks pretty dated, compared to other MBs. The enlarged screen also means that the air vents aren't properly aligned w/ the center console anymore (which is minor, but kind of inelegant).

ocn75
12-17-2015, 05:24 AM
It looks like a 10 year old car is the problem. It sells so poorly, I wonder why they even bothered,

Agreed. Looks to be a pointless makeover.

ndjan
12-17-2015, 11:50 AM
I like the exterior, even if they are trying to hard to make it butch. The interior though...

disap.ed
12-17-2015, 12:25 PM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MtJbZSf3LoU/VnCevUq5buI/AAAAAAABRcI/JCQkxnho_ho/s800/2017-Mercedes-SLC-7.jpg

This screen positioning. It freaks me out.

mick78
12-17-2015, 01:48 PM
This screen positioning. It freaks me out.

Great to see another asymmetry freak ;)

About the car: The front end is better, though obviously less metal changed than in the SL, as it looks more coherent there. Still don't like the rear lights, and the asymmetric screen is weird once seen.

The renaming is stupid, SLK was well known, and the last SLC was a SL based LWB coupe for four, and not a sales success too. If the naming scheme was carried out consequently fine, but like it is (the GLE is unrelated to the sedan, the GLS is actually just a pipmed out GLE LWB), the name makes little sense for me.

I wonder whether the SLC will have a replacement at all, the roadster market seems pretty dead, unlike previous generations this model doesn't seem to sell in noticable figures.

pjl35
12-17-2015, 01:57 PM
I like the exterior changes, but the interior looks pretty dated, compared to other MBs. The enlarged screen also means that the air vents aren't properly aligned w/ the center console anymore (which is minor, but kind of inelegant).

It's always been like that since this generation debuted. Here's the 2012, screen size appears to be the same:

http://img2.netcarshow.com/Mercedes-Benz-SLK-Class_2012_1024x768_wallpaper_50.jpg

This screen positioning. It freaks me out.

Agreed. I've hated that aspect of this car forever. Any car that has some weird asymmetry in the center stack drives me crazy. The Durango, the Accord (to a lesser extent, but still noticeable), and the new Astra have similar problems.

swizzle
12-17-2015, 02:29 PM
...I wonder whether the SLC will have a replacement at all, the roadster market seems pretty dead, unlike previous generations this model doesn't seem to sell in noticable figures.

The Germans need to rethink the SLC, Z4, and TT. All are terrible sellers and it's not because the roadster market is dead but because the cars in the segment are patently wrong products. I would argue that their price versus performance relationship is the issue. All three need to be repositioned down market and probably need to grow slightly in size.

The SLC should be one of Mercedes' entry-level-priced vehicles and perhaps offered as a conventional coupe in addition to the convertible.

The Germans are probably too snobby to create a sporting vehicle that aims for the Mustang GT / Camaro SS price range. That segment has a lot of buyers waiting to throw down their dollars. Build the right vehicle, they will come.

IcedG35
12-17-2015, 08:48 PM
looks nice in these pics: http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/autos-luxury/2017-mercedes-benz-slc-class-first-look-review/ar-BBnB3Bj?fullscreen=true#image=1

wonder if this means they'll go all out on the naming convention and rename the SL the SLS.

pjl35
12-17-2015, 09:10 PM
looks nice in these pics: http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/autos-luxury/2017-mercedes-benz-slc-class-first-look-review/ar-BBnB3Bj?fullscreen=true#image=1

wonder if this means they'll go all out on the naming convention and rename the SL the SLS.

i think they've stated that the SL name is staying put.

paranoidgarliclover
12-17-2015, 09:50 PM
The Germans are probably too snobby to create a sporting vehicle that aims for the Mustang GT / Camaro SS price range. That segment has a lot of buyers waiting to throw down their dollars. Build the right vehicle, they will come.

Which is why the Integra, FR-S/BRZ, 3000GT/Stealth, RX-7, Celica, Supra, 240SX, Probe, Eclipse are all still around? The only car in this category that still exists outside of the Mustang and Camaro is the 300Z, and even the Z and the Camaro were MIA for a few yrs, no? And I can't say that I see any new 300Z's driving around.... This segment had its heyday about 20 yrs ago. We'll see how long small crossovers are the fashion....

I think the Mercedes SLC still serves a purpose as a boulevard cruiser. I don't know what the hell BMW is thinking w/ the Z4, but the upcoming tie-in w/ the Supra replacement should be interesting....

IcedG35
12-17-2015, 09:56 PM
Which is why the Integra, FR-S/BRZ, 3000GT/Stealth, RX-7, Celica, Supra, 240SX, Probe, Eclipse are all still around? The only car in this category that still exists outside of the Mustang and Camaro is the 300Z, and even the Z and the Camaro were MIA for a few yrs, no? And I can't say that I see any new 300Z's driving around.... This segment had its heyday about 20 yrs ago. We'll see how long small crossovers are the fashion....

I think the Mercedes SLC still serves a purpose as a boulevard cruiser. I don't know what the hell BMW is thinking w/ the Z4, but the upcoming tie-in w/ the Supra replacement should be interesting....

leave boulevard cruising to the sedan based coupes and convertibles. The SLC should compete with the boxter and the AMG GT should be the new SL, especially now that there's an S coupe/convert.

swizzle
12-18-2015, 02:33 AM
Which is why the Integra, FR-S/BRZ, 3000GT/Stealth, RX-7, Celica, Supra, 240SX, Probe, Eclipse are all still around? The only car in this category that still exists outside of the Mustang and Camaro is the 300Z, and even the Z and the Camaro were MIA for a few yrs, no? And I can't say that I see any new 300Z's driving around.... This segment had its heyday about 20 yrs ago. We'll see how long small crossovers are the fashion....

I think the Mercedes SLC still serves a purpose as a boulevard cruiser. I don't know what the hell BMW is thinking w/ the Z4, but the upcoming tie-in w/ the Supra replacement should be interesting....

Your handy mix of current and discontinued vehicles--that you purport being in the Mustang GT / Camaro SS class--simply are / were not.

The FRS/BRZ, 240SX, Probe, Eclipse, Celica were/are below the Mustang GT / Camaro SS class and arguably do not / did not acquit well on the price/performance sweet spot.

The 3000GT, Stealth, Supra, and RX7 were--in their day--priced well above the Mustang GT / Camaro. They died because you could have a rock-em-sock-em Mustang GT for less or a Corvette for the same price.

The 300Z (sic) is a sales dud due to ugly styling, stupid pricing, and reliability issues (fragile transmissions and fail-prone brakes).

None of the vehicles you mentioned directly targets / targeted the Mustang GT / Camaro SS class, thus (1) comparison is / was illogical, but (2) their dismal sales are / were not surprising.

;)

paranoidgarliclover
12-18-2015, 09:30 AM
Your handy mix of current and discontinued vehicles--that you purport being in the Mustang GT / Camaro SS class--simply are / were not.

The FRS/BRZ, 240SX, Probe, Eclipse, Celica were/are below the Mustang GT / Camaro SS class and arguably do not / did not acquit well on the price/performance sweet spot.

The 3000GT, Stealth, Supra, and RX7 were--in their day--priced well above the Mustang GT / Camaro. They died because you could have a rock-em-sock-em Mustang GT for less or a Corvette for the same price.

The 300Z (sic) is a sales dud due to ugly styling, stupid pricing, and reliability issues (fragile transmissions and fail-prone brakes).

None of the vehicles you mentioned directly targets / targeted the Mustang GT / Camaro SS class, thus (1) comparison is / was illogical, but (2) their dismal sales are / were not surprising.

;)

How did the Probe, Eclipse, and Integra (which you convenient left out) not "acquit well" in terms of price performance? The top-of-the-line Eclipse GSX and the Integra GS-R from the early/mid 1990s both provided the accelerative power from 0-60 and to the quarter mile of a Mustang GT (http://www.ssmoparmuscle.com/speedcomp.htm) for roughly the same price (I checked the NADA guide for 1991 and 1992). The Probe was about half a second slower in the same tests but also retailed for the same price as the Mustang (and presumably offered more comfort and livability).

Presumably the Japanese cars handled better, too, since the Mustang and Camaro were known more for power than for handling.

The "regular" Corvettes were actually roughly the same price as the top of the line 300ZX and Supra Turbo (at around 1992), and the Japanese cars offered similar performance (http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/toyota-supra-turbo-instrumented-test). Presumably they also offered better reliability and higher-quality interiors. BTW, I think Car and Driver is currently testing a long-term Corvette and states that it stinks as a car (vs. simply as a track-day tool).

I doubt something like a Camaro or Mustang would sell well outside of the U.S.

But, if you want to argue that the (previous gens) Mustang and Camaro have no direct competition b/c the Japanese and Germans don't make crude RWD cars w/ horrid suspensions and stuffed w/ ancient engines then you'll certainly get no argument from me.

:)

pjl35
12-18-2015, 01:13 PM
Getting a tad off-topic folks... if you want to debate all of these other vehicles that may or may not have competed with the Mustang/Camaro, start a new thread.