2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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What's New for 2013:
  • Standard Mbrace 2 telematics system
  • New turn signal and cruise control stalks for all models
  • Automatic stop/start feature for SLK350
  • SLK350 adds premium surround-sound system, heated front seats, and an AirScarf neck-heating system
  • Optional Adaptive High-beam Assist technology
  • Sun-reflective leather swapped out for MB-Tex leatherette on SLK250
  • Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brake discontinued
  • Dynamic Handling package discontinued

Exterior Features
The Mercedes-Benz SLK is a 2-seat luxury sports car equipped with a power-retractable hardtop and sold as the SLK250, SLK350, and the SLK55 AMG. The SLK55 AMG performance model is discussed in a separate article.

When the original SLK debuted for the 1998 model year, it popularized the power-retractable hardtop roof for convertibles, and today this feature is found on many models. Additional standard equipment includes LED running lights, rain-sensing wipers, power heated exterior mirrors with power-folding feature, and staggered-width 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Interior Features
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK250 is equipped with aluminum interior trim, flat-bottomed power tilt/telescoping sport steering wheel, 8-way power front sport seats wrapped in MB-Tex leatherette upholstery, memory for the front seat positions, air conditioning with a max-cool function, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener. Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming is also standard, along with Mbrace 2 telematics and an 8-speaker stereo featuring HD Radio, weatherband reports, USB port, and an auxiliary audio input jack.

The 2013 Mercedes SLK holds 10.1 cubic feet of cargo with the top raised. With the top lowered, the car can carry 6.4 cubic feet of cargo.

Optional Features
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 model is equipped with 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic transmission with shift paddles mounted to the steering wheel, and remote power-retractable hardtop operation. Leather heated seats are also standard for the SLK350, along with an AirScarf neck-heating system, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, and a premium surround-sound audio system with satellite radio and an iPod/MP3 interface.

The SLK250 can be equipped with a Premium 1 package that adds heated front seats, AirScarf, remote top operation, and a premium surround-sound audio system with satellite radio and an iPod/MP3 interface.

Both versions of the 2013 Mercedes SLK can be upgraded with the Multimedia package (voice-controlled navigation system, real-time weather and traffic reports, CD/DVD changer, SD card reader, 10GB Music Register hard drive, Gracenote media database); Sport package (Solar Red ambient cabin lighting, AMG 18-inch wheels, AMG body styling kit); Trim package (wood/leather steering wheel, wood/leather shift knob, hand-polished Burl Walnut interior trim); and the Lighting package (bi-xenon headlights, Active Curve Illumination, Adaptive High-beam Assist, headlight washers, cornering lights).

Numerous stand-alone options are also offered for the SLK, including 18-inch aluminum wheels (SLK250), leather seats (SLK250), premium leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation system, and a choice of a panoramic glass roof and a panoramic glass roof with Magic Sky Control. The SLK can also be upgraded with front and rear park-assist sensors with Advanced Parking Guidance, AirGuide wind stop, Keyless Go passive entry with push-button ignition, rear spoiler, analog dashboard clock, and illuminated doorsill plates.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Mercedes SLK250 comes standard with a direct-injection, turbocharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower and 229 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter peaking between 2,000 rpm and 4,300 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a 7-speed automatic transmission available as an option. The automatic includes shift paddles and an ECO driving mode. Mercedes says the SLK250's turbocharged 4-cylinder takes the car from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

The 2013 Mercedes SLK350 is equipped with a direct-injection, 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering 302 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter peaking between 3,500 rpm and 5,250 rpm. A 7-speed automatic transmission is standard, and includes paddle shifters and an ECO driving mode. Mercedes says the SLK350 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK models are:

  • SLK250 with manual transmission: 22/32/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • SLK250 with automatic transmission: 23/33/26 mpg
  • SLK350 with automatic transmission: 21/29/24 mpg

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK is equipped with 8 air bags, stability and traction control, and 4-wheel-disc brakes with brake assist and Adaptive Brake technology. Adaptive Brake offers hill-hold assistance, a brake hold function for idling at stoplights, panic braking preparation when the driver suddenly releases the accelerator pedal, and a brake disc drying function when driving in the rain. Rain-sensing wipers and Attention Assist drowsiness detection technology are also standard, along with Neck-Pro crash-responsive head restraints that reduce whiplash.

Safety-related options include front and rear park-assist sensors, and headlights offering Active Curve Illumination and Adaptive High-beam Assist technologies.

As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 Mercedes SLK.


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  • Name SLK55 AMG (2dr Roadster) Transmission Automatic MSRP 67990.00 Engine 5.5L/333 City/Hwy MPG 19/28
  • Name SLK350 (2dr Roadster) Transmission Automatic MSRP 55400.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 21/29
  • Name SLK250 (2dr Roadster) Transmission Automatic MSRP 42900.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 23/33
  • Leather seat upholstery w/sun-reflective coating
  • 8-way pwr adjustable sport seats w/memory & 4-way pwr lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • NECK PRO active head restraints
  • Cloth windscreen
  • Center console -inc: enclosed storage
  • Retractable dual cupholders
  • Velour carpeting
  • AMG floor mats
  • AMG door sill trim
  • Rubber-studded brushed stainless-steel pedals
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped 4-way tilt/telescopic sport steering wheel w/memory -inc: mounted audio & multi-function display controls
  • AMG 3-spoke performance steering wheel/pwr adjustment & aluminum shift paddles
  • Black gauges w/white markings, silver instrument tubes
  • Electronic analog speedometer, tachometer, fuel level, quartz clock
  • Digital odometer, touch shift gear & mode selection
  • AMG instrument cluster w/RACETIMER
  • 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, headlamps on, remove key from ignition
  • Touch turn signals (flashes (3) times w/1-touch)
  • Pwr windows -inc: 1-touch express up/down, 1-button raising/lowering of all windows via pwr top switch
  • Pwr door locks
  • SmartKey system -inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, drive away automatic locking
  • SmartKey infrared remote -inc: trunk open, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock, roof activation
  • Infrared remote roof automation
  • HomeLink garage door opener
  • Cruise control
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Single-zone climate control w/max cool function
  • AIRSCARF ventilated headrests
  • Analog dash-top clock
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff based on time & driving speed & exterior temp
  • Aluminum trim
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Courtesy lamps w/delay shut-off
  • Dual front reading lamps
  • Night security illumination
  • Locator lighting
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Parcel net in RH footwell
  • Pockets in doors
  • Illuminated carpeted trunk
  • Enclosed storage on rear cabin wall
  • Floor mats
  • Stainless-steel door sill trim
  • MB-Tex seat upholstery
  • SmartKey infrared remote -inc: trunk open, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock
  • 18" 5-spoke AMG alloy wheels
  • P235/40R18 front high performance tires
  • P255/35R18 rear high performance tires
  • Electro-hydraulic retractable hardtop
  • AMG trunk lid spoiler
  • Variable-focus halogen headlamps -inc: polycarbonate lenses, light-sensing auto-on, darkened inlays
  • Single rear red fog lamp
  • Pwr folding heated pwr mirrors -inc: integrated LED turn signals, reverse tilt down RH mirror, auto-dimming LH mirror, memory
  • Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear lamps w/LED brake & turn signals
  • 18" aluminum wheels
  • P225/40R18 front high performance tires
  • P245/35R18 rear high performance tires
  • 17" 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P225/45R17 front high performance tires
  • P245/40R17 rear high performance tires
  • 7-speed automatic transmission w/shift paddles -inc: sport & ECO shift modes
  • 5.5L 32-valve naturally aspirated V8 engine -inc: AMG cylinder management
  • 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 geometry, alignment control
  • Front/rear lowered ride-height & stabilizer bars
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering w/direct-steer system
  • Perforated & ventilated front/rear disc brakes
  • Adaptive BRAKE w/HOLD function
  • AMG sport exhaust system w/dual chrome tailpipes
  • 3.5L 24-valve V6 engine
  • Perforated & ventilated front brakes & solid rear disc brakes
  • Dual exhaust w/chrome tailpipes
  • 6-speed manual transmission -inc: direct-action short throw shifter
  • 1.8L 16-valve I4 turbocharged engine
    • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist system (BAS)
    • Electronic stability program (ESP)
    • LED daytime running lamps
    • Dual-stage front airbags w/occupant sensor
    • Head & thorax side-impact airbags
    • Driver/front passenger knee airbag
    • ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness monitor
    • mbrace2 telematics -inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm & collision notification
    • 3-point shoulder belts w/emergency tensioning device (ETD) & belt force limiter
    • Dual integrated aluminum-trimmed roll bars
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Illuminated emergency interior trunk release
    • harman/kardon audio system w/AM/FM stereo & single-disc CD player -inc: HD Radio, USB connectivity, central controller, 5.8" high-mounted screen
    • SiriusXM satellite radio
    • Bluetooth hands-free communication system
    • Aux pwr outlet
    • AM/FM stereo w/in-dash 6-disc CD changer & HD Radio -inc: (8) speakers, USB connectivity, central controller, 5.8" high-mounted screen

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