Mercedes-Benz has worked hard to build sports car credibility into the new SLK, the third generation of the car. Each edition of the SLK has upped the performance ante as...
Mercedes-Benz engineers try to put to rest the longstanding notion that the SLK is more a personal-luxury car
than a sports car. Certainly the SLK has all the slick moves of a performance machine with good acceleration (the SLK350 noticeably more so than the SLK250), confident roadholding and taut, responsive steering. Thanks to a well-tuned suspension and substantial tires on 18-inch wheels, the SLK's cornering grip and stability are impressive. It's maybe still not as naturally light on its feet as a Porsche Boxster, but very satisfying to drive. Of course, the V8-engined SLK55 AMG with its 415 horsepower and sports-tuned suspension is an altogether different animal. A performance beast, really.