2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$44,150-$63,200
$41,060-$58,776
16 /CITY / 23 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • New \"Edition 10\" anniversary model
Overview
German luxury vehicle maker Mercedes-Benz launched its compact, 2-seat roadster, the SLK, as a 1998 model. Among the car's key features were its remarkable design and a hardtop that folded itself under the trunk lid at the touch of a button. The car entered its second generation in 2004 and bore direct design cues from the Mercedes-powered McLaren Formula One racecar. The 2008 production run will be brief because the greatly updated 2009 SLK is scheduled for launch in April 2008. The SLK comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty that includes 24-hour roadside assistance.

Model Lineup
Only 700 of the \"Edition 10\" anniversary SLK cars will be produced. The car is designed to celebrate the SLK's 10th anniversary on the American automotive market. The \"Edition 10\" is available on either the SLK280 or SLK350, and includes 17-inch \"chrome-shadow\" wheels; tinted tail lamps; red stitching on black leather seats; Mercedes' Airscarf heating package; a 7-speed automatic transmission; and Edition 10 badges. The SLK280 and SLK350 come with a retractable hardtop; leather upholstery; in-dash CD player as part of a 9-speaker audio system; 3-spoke and leather-covered steering wheel with multi-function controls; a tilt-and-telescoping steering column; 8-way manual sport seats; dual-zone climate control; cruise control; remote locks; power windows; heated exterior mirrors; intermittent windshield wipers; and dual cupholders.

The SLK55 AMG, a vehicle specially crafted by Mercedes' in-house high-performance group, adds AMG-design premium leather, Sirius satellite radio, power-adjustable steering column, power seats with 3-position memory, remote operation of the hardtop with the Smart Key, heated windshield washer nozzles, garage door opener and AMG badges.

Powertrain
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK280 is powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 228 hp and comes standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox. A 6-speed automatic transmission is available. The EPA rates the car at 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway with the automatic.

The Mercedes-Benz SLK350 carries a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that provides 268 hp that goes to the rear wheels through a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. In addition to having more power, the SLK350 has larger brakes, wheels and tires than the SLK280. The EPA fuel economy ratings are 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway.

The Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG comes with a 5.5-liter V-8 engine that produces 355 hp. The engine also provides 376 lb.-ft. of torque. With a 7-speed AMG Speedshift automatic transmission, the car is capable of sprinting from a standing start to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, the maker claims. The SLK55 AMG is a high-performance vehicle EPA-rated at 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway.

The AMG version of the SLK comes with specially tuned suspension, 13.6-inch front brakes inside 18-inch wheels wrapped by high-performance tires. The car also gets special aerodynamic bodywork and a sport exhaust system.

Safety
All 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK models come with anti-lock brakes with brake assist and anti-skid, anti-spin Electronic Stability Program. They also have dual integrated roll bars, front and knee air bags and side air bags designed to protect both the torso and head. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash tested the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK.

Technology
Airscarf is Mercedes' optional technology designed to extend the open-air driving season into cooler months. It builds a neck-level heating system into the seatbacks and blows warm air from the head restraints. The system is designed to automatically maintain the warm airflow as vehicle speed changes.

What Changed for 2008:

  • New \"Edition 10\" anniversary model
Overview
German luxury vehicle maker Mercedes-Benz launched its compact, 2-seat roadster, the SLK, as a 1998 model. Among the car's key features were its remarkable design and a hardtop that folded itself under the trunk lid at the touch of a button. The car entered its second generation in 2004 and bore direct design cues from the Mercedes-powered McLaren Formula One racecar. The 2008 production run will be brief because the greatly updated 2009 SLK is scheduled for launch in April 2008. The SLK comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty that includes 24-hour roadside assistance.

Model Lineup
Only 700 of the \"Edition 10\" anniversary SLK cars will be produced. The car is designed to celebrate the SLK's 10th anniversary on the American automotive market. The \"Edition 10\" is available on either the SLK280 or SLK350, and includes 17-inch \"chrome-shadow\" wheels; tinted tail lamps; red stitching on black leather seats; Mercedes' Airscarf heating package; a 7-speed automatic transmission; and Edition 10 badges. The SLK280 and SLK350 come with a retractable hardtop; leather upholstery; in-dash CD player as part of a 9-speaker audio system; 3-spoke and leather-covered steering wheel with multi-function controls; a tilt-and-telescoping steering column; 8-way manual sport seats; dual-zone climate control; cruise control; remote locks; power windows; heated exterior mirrors; intermittent windshield wipers; and dual cupholders.

The SLK55 AMG, a vehicle specially crafted by Mercedes' in-house high-performance group, adds AMG-design premium leather, Sirius satellite radio, power-adjustable steering column, power seats with 3-position memory, remote operation of the hardtop with the Smart Key, heated windshield washer nozzles, garage door opener and AMG badges.

Powertrain
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK280 is powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 228 hp and comes standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox. A 6-speed automatic transmission is available. The EPA rates the car at 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway with the automatic.

The Mercedes-Benz SLK350 carries a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that provides 268 hp that goes to the rear wheels through a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. In addition to having more power, the SLK350 has larger brakes, wheels and tires than the SLK280. The EPA fuel economy ratings are 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway.

The Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG comes with a 5.5-liter V-8 engine that produces 355 hp. The engine also provides 376 lb.-ft. of torque. With a 7-speed AMG Speedshift automatic transmission, the car is capable of sprinting from a standing start to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, the maker claims. The SLK55 AMG is a high-performance vehicle EPA-rated at 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway.

The AMG version of the SLK comes with specially tuned suspension, 13.6-inch front brakes inside 18-inch wheels wrapped by high-performance tires. The car also gets special aerodynamic bodywork and a sport exhaust system.

Safety
All 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK models come with anti-lock brakes with brake assist and anti-skid, anti-spin Electronic Stability Program. They also have dual integrated roll bars, front and knee air bags and side air bags designed to protect both the torso and head. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash tested the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK.

Technology
Airscarf is Mercedes' optional technology designed to extend the open-air driving season into cooler months. It builds a neck-level heating system into the seatbacks and blows warm air from the head restraints. The system is designed to automatically maintain the warm airflow as vehicle speed changes.
Available Trims for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 3.0L (2dr Roadster) Transmission Automatic MSRP 44150.00 Engine 3.0L/183 City/Hwy MPG 18/24
Name 3.5L (2dr Roadster) Transmission Automatic MSRP 49450.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/23
Name 5.5L AMG (2dr Roadster) Transmission Automatic MSRP 63200.00 Engine 5.5L/332 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
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INTERIOR
  • 8-way adjustable sport seats w/silver painted magnesium trim, height adjustable head restraints
  • Leather upholstery
  • Silver trim
  • Center console w/enclosed storage
  • Retractable dual cupholders
  • Velour carpeting & floor mats
  • Stainless-steel door sill trim
  • Rubber-studded brushed stainless-steel pedals
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped 4-way tilt/telescopic sport steering wheel-inc: audio controls, multi-function display controls
  • Black gauges w/white markings, silver instrument tubes
  • Electronic analog speedometer, tachometer, fuel level, quartz clock
  • Digital odometer, Touch Shift gear & mode selection
  • Multi-function display in instrument cluster-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, digital speedometer, coolant temp, maintenance system, audio status, reminder & malfunction messages, driver-programmable settings
  • Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System Plus display-inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders, brake-pad wear
  • Audible reminders & messages-inc: exterior lamp failure, low fuel, engine oil, coolant, washer fluid, release parking brake, headlights on, remove key from ignition
  • Touch turn signals (flashes (3) times w/1-touch)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Pwr windows-inc: 1-touch express up/down, 1-button raising/lowering of all windows via pwr top switch
  • SmartKey infrared remote-inc: trunk open, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock, driver-programmable auto-lock
  • Cruise control
  • Tele Aid GPS system-inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock, automatic alarm notification alert, collision notification
  • AM/FM/Weatherband radio w/CD player, fiber-optic communication among components
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control-inc: dual rotary controls, electrostatic dust & pollen filters, active charcoal filter, tunnel mode w/1-touch closing of all windows, REST mode w/engine heat recirculation feature or cabin ventilation, dash-top diffuser vent
  • Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff based on time & driving speed & exterior temp
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Courtesy lamps w/delay shutoff
  • Dual front reading lamps
  • Night security illumination
  • Leather-trimmed shift knob
  • Parcel net in RH footwell
  • Pockets in doors
  • Illuminated carpeted trunk
  • AMG 8-way pwr heated sport seats-inc: silver painted magnesium trim, 3-position memory, 4-way lumber support, height adjustable head restraints
  • AMG 2-tone premium leather upholstery
  • AMG aluminum trim
  • Velour carpeting & AMG floor mats
  • Stainless-steel door sill trim w/AMG insignia
  • 3-spoke AMG leather-wrapped 4-way pwr tilt/telescopic sport steering wheel-inc: audio controls, multi-function display controls, aluminum shift paddles, easy-exit feature, memory
  • AMG gauges w/red needles
  • Electronic analog speedometer, AMG tachometer, fuel level, quartz clock
  • Multi-function display in instrument cluster-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, digital speedometer, coolant temp, maintenance system, audio status, reminder & malfunction messages, driver-programmable settings, engine oil level check
  • SmartKey infrared remote-inc: trunk open, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock, driver-programmable auto-lock, hard top raise/lower
  • Auto-dimming mirror
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Ambient lighting-inc: center console, footwells, door entrance lamps
  • AMG leather shift knob
EXTERIOR
  • Electro-hydraulic retractable steel hardtop
  • Formula 1-style nose w/color-keyed grille crossfins
  • Variable-focus halogen headlamps-inc: polycarbonate lenses, light-sensing auto-on headlamps, automatic lamp substitution
  • Halogen front fog lamps
  • Single rear red fog lamp
  • Driver-programmable daytime running lamps
  • Pwr heated mirrors w/integrated LED turn signals
  • Aero-blade windshield wipers w/heated washer system
  • Red & white rear lamps w/LED brake & taillamps
  • Formula 1-style nose w/black grille crossfins
  • AMG Formula 1-style front air dam w/mesh air intakes, side skirts, rear apron
  • Color-keyed AMG rear lip spoiler
  • Pwr heated mirrors-inc: reverse tilt down RH mirror, auto-dimming LH mirror, memory, integrated LED turn signals
  • Smoked-tinted rear lamps w/LED brake & taillamps
MECHANICAL
  • 3.0L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
  • 6-speed fully synchronized manual transmission w/direct-action short throw shifter
  • Electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Independent 3-link front suspension-inc: coil springs over gas-pressurized shock absorbers, anti-dive geometry
  • Independent 5-arm multi-link rear suspension-inc: separate coil springs, shock absorbers, anti-squat, alignment control
  • Front/rear lowered ride-height & stabilizer bars
  • P205/55R16 front high performance tires
  • P225/50R16 rear high performance tires
  • 16" x 7" front 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 16" x 8" rear 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 1-piston ventilated front & 2-piston solid rear disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes system (ABS) w/brake assist system
  • 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
  • 7-speed electronically controlled driver-adaptive automatic transmission w/ Touch Shift
  • P225/45R17 front high performance tires
  • P245/40R17 rear high performance tires
  • 17" x 7.5" front 10-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 17" x 8.5" rear 10-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 2-piston perforated & ventilated front & 2-piston solid rear disc brakes
  • AMG 5.5L SOHC 24-valve V8 engine
  • 7-speed electronically controlled driver-adaptive automatic transmission w/AMG SpeedShift, Touch Shift
  • AMG sport suspension
  • P225/40R18 front high performance tires
  • P245/35R18 rear high performance tires
  • 18" x 7.5" front AMG multi-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 18" x 8.5" rear AMG multi-spoke aluminum wheels
  • AMG 6-piston perforated & ventilated front & 4-piston perforated & ventilated rear disc brakes
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes system (ABS) w/brake assist system
    • Driver & front passenger dual-stage airbags w/passenger adaptive airbag, Occupant Classification System
    • Head & thorax side-impact airbags
    • Knee air bag
    • 3-point shoulder belts w/emergency tensioning device (ETD) & belt force limiter
    • Electronic stability program (ESP)
    • Illuminated emergency interior trunk release
    • Driver-programmable daytime running lamps
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