Mercedes has released a video of their new M152 powerplant, which is a naturally-aspirated V8. Based on the twin-turbocharged M157 with which it shares the same displacement, the M152 produces 416 horsepower and a torque figure just shy of 400 pounds-foot. This is the very engine that is in the newly introduced 2012 SLK 55 AMG. One notable feature of this engine is its non-V8 fuel consumption characteristics. It’s because of AMG Cylinder Management, which can disengage half of the V8’s cylinders. By employing this system, the driver can see gains of up to 30 percent in fuel economy, which would give it a consumption figure of 8.5 liters per… Continue Reading »
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Held this year from July 14th to 18th, the Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer was LUXE by Lisa Vogel. Here’s model Melissa Britos driving the all-new 2012 SLK to work at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim.
It doesn’t come much as a surprise but rather a flattering affirmation that Mercedes-Benz is one of the most awarded premium vehicle manufacturers ever. The company’s latest in its long list of achievements is the awarding of AUTO BILD magazine’s Design Award to the Mercedes-Benz SLK. Following the tire tracks of the E-Class back in 2009 and the SLS AMG last year, the SLK makes the company proud by bagging the prize for 2011. Almost 90,000 loyal readers of the popular AUTO BILD specialist magazine voted for Mercedes-Benz’s latest SLK roadster. Now, proudly sitting on top of its hood are bragging rights as Germany’s most beautiful car, a title the… Continue Reading »
Daimler has proudly announced that Mercedes’ sporty roadster, the SLK, has received an ISO 14062-compliant Environmental Certificate. This document shows that the new SLK’s life cycle produces 20% less carbon dioxide emissions compared to the model it replaces. The life cycle comprises vehicle production, operation over 200,000 kilometers and material recovery when the car is at the end of its life. In terms of energy balance, the new car is 18% more efficient, which translates to 4,100 liters of fuel saved over the operational span of the car. Furthermore, Mercedes claims that the SLK now meets the mandatory recycling requirement of 95% by weight that will be in effect in… Continue Reading »
When any significant new car model is released, expect tuners and styling houses to come up with design concepts for personalizing these cars. With Mercedes’ release of the 3rd gen Type R172 SLK, Piecha Design has shown off its body kit for the 2012 Mercedes SLK. The complete package is made up of a lip for the front spoiler, side skirts with LED lighting, new rear apron, rear diffuser, trunk spoiler and four-pipe exhaust system. Of course no styling package would be complete without a new set of wheels, and Piecha has replaced the stock set with 19-inch alloys, complemented by a set of lowering springs that lower the car… Continue Reading »
Mercedes-Benz has announced prices for its new-generation SLK roadster and CLS coupe line. Suggested retail pricing for the 2012 SLK350 will start at $54,800, while the 2012 CLS550 will begin at $71,300 and the high-performance CLS63 AMG at $94,900. Prices exclude a $875 destination & delivery charge. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK coupe/roadster represents the third generation of a two-seat sports car that rocked the automotive world when it unveiled the first automatic retractable hardtop in modern times. With the top up it’s a quiet, weather-tight coupe – push a button, and 20 seconds later the car is topless. Like the retractable hardtop of the larger SL model, the rear window… Continue Reading »