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2013 Mercedes SLK-Class SLK 55 AMG

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Review

(0 Stars)  Small, sporty, and spirited.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013. The turn-signal and cruise-control stalks have been redesigned, and automatic high-beams are now optional.
Overview
The SLK offers a refined roadster experience, regardless of whether you’re driving with the top up or down. The retractable hard top comes as a metal roof, a panoramic glass roof, or the Magic Sky Control roof, which features a glass panel with adjustable opacity. Optional Airguide uses Plexiglas pieces that rotate out from behind the seats to calm cabin turbulence when the top is down. Other open-air comfort options include sun-reflecting leather and Airscarf, which blows warm air onto the necks of the driver and the passenger. It’s a stretch to call the SLK a sports car, but it is definitely sporty. All SLK models use variable-ratio steering that quickens during aggressive driving. Although these systems have traditionally felt unnatural and unpredictable, Mercedes has executed this one nearly to perfection in the SLK. The SLK350’s direct-injected V-6 is quick and powerful and has a raspy growl, and its seven-speed automatic delivers silky-smooth upshifts. For those interested in better fuel economy, the SLK250 uses a turbocharged four-cylinder paired with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic, which the EPA rates at 22–23/32–33 mpg, respectively. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the normally aspirated V-8 of the AMG car will power the SLK to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

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2013 SLK 55 AMG Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.5L V 8 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 19 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 407 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
18.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 415 hp @ 6,800 rpm; 398 ft lb of torque @ 4,500 rpm

'13 Mercedes SLK 55 AMG Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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