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The R170 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is the first generation of the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class range of compact luxury roadsters produced by Mercedes-Benz between 1996 and 2004.[1]

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class (R170)
2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK200 Kompressor 2.0 facelift Front.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer
ProductionSeptember 1996 – December 2003
Assembly
Designer
Body and chassis
ClassSports car
Body style2-door roadster
LayoutLongitudinal front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,400 mm (94.5 in)
Length3,995 mm (157.3 in)
Width1,715 mm (67.5 in)
Height1,289 mm (50.7 in)
Kerb weight1,195–1,461 kg (2,635–3,221 lb)
Chronology
SuccessorMercedes-Benz SLK-Class (R171)

SLK stands for the company’s design mission to create a sportlich (sporty), leicht (light) and kurz (compact) roadster,[2] and is based on a shortened platform of the W202 Mercedes C-Class.

It was replaced by the Mercedes R171 SLK in 2004.[3]

Development and launchEdit

The R170 Mercedes SLK is based on the SLK I Concept and SLK II Concept, which is a two-seater roadster concept car that features a folding metal electro-hydraulic roof, dubbed 'vario-roof' by Mercedes, and takes 25 seconds to operate.[4] A German design patent was filed on 30 September 1993, with the final production version of the SLK introduced at the Turin Motor Show on 22 April 1996.[5][6]

The R170 SLK is based on the W202 C-Class platform, sharing many drivetrain and chassis components, as well as using a shortened version of the floor pan.[7] The wheelbase is also identical to the wheelbase of the 190SL and 300SL, at 2,400 mm (94 in).[8]

The platform of the R170 Mercedes SLK is also used by the Chrysler Crossfire, which shares 80% of its components with the car.[9][10]

EquipmentEdit

Standard equipment includes power seats, power windows, power steering, dual-zone climate control, dimmable interior mirror, and alloy wheels. Safety features include front and side driver and passenger airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control.[11] Models could also be optioned with the AMG body design package, that features body colour side skirts, chromed tailpipes, and 17-inch AMG alloy wheels. Wider wheels were also available on SLK 230 Kompressor models.[12]

ModelsEdit

SLK 200, SLK 200 KompressorEdit

The SLK 200 was exported and sold exclusively to Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, and Greece, and was only available with the Getrag five-speed manual transmission in most countries.[13] After the 2000 facelift, the SLK 200 Kompressor was introduced to the worldwide market, replacing the SLK 200.

EnginesEdit

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)
SLK 200 1996–2000 M111.946
2.0 L I4
100 kW (134 hp)
at 5,000 rpm
190 N⋅m (140 lb⋅ft)
at 3,700–4,500 rpm
9.3 s
SLK 200
Kompressor
1996–2000 M111.943
2.0 L I4 supercharged
141 kW (189 hp)
at 5,300 rpm
270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft)
at 2,500–4,800 rpm
7.7 s
2000–2004 M111.958
2.0 L I4 supercharged
120 kW (161 hp)
at 5,300 rpm
230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft)
at 2,500–4,800 rpm
8.2 s
SLK 230
Kompressor
1996–2000 M111.973
2.3 L I4 supercharged
142 kW (190 hp)
at 5,300 rpm
280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft)
at 2,500–4,800 rpm
7.4 s
2000–2004 M111.983
2.3 L I4 supercharged
145 kW (194 hp)
at 5,500 rpm
280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft)
at 2,500 rpm
7.2 s
SLK 320 2000–2004 M112 E32
3.2 L V6
160 kW (215 hp)
at 5,700 rpm
310 N⋅m (229 lb⋅ft)
at 3,000–4,600 rpm
6.9 s
SLK 32 AMG 2001–2004 M112 C32
3.2 L V6 supercharged
260 kW (349 hp)
at 6,100 rpm
450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft)
at 4,400 rpm
5.2 s

SLK 32 AMG versionEdit

 
SLK 32 AMG

The SLK 32 AMG was introduced in 2001, designed to rival the BMW M Roadster and Porsche Boxster S.[14] The car featured the same M112 engine as in the SLK 320, but has a helical twin-screw supercharger and water-to-air intercooler.[15]

The SLK 32 AMG introduced Mercedes’ new ‘SpeedShift’ 5G-Tronic (automatic) transmission, that allow for manual shifting of the gears, and faster automatic downshifts before overtaking.[16] There was no manual transmission option available for the SLK 32 AMG.

The SLK 32 AMG features a more angular steering wheel, AMG instrument dials, an updated front and rear bumper with larger air intakes, and larger brakes; from 300 mm (12 in), upgraded to 334 mm (13 in) in diameter.[17] SLK 32 production started from January 2001, to March 2004. A total of 4,333 were produced; 979 were sold in Germany, 2,056 were imported to the US, and 263 to the UK.[18]

Model year changesEdit

1998Edit

  • Passenger airbag will now automatically deactivate if Mercedes-branded child seat is fitted[19]

1999Edit

  • Storage net, automatic-dimming rear view mirrors, and vehicle motion sensing alarm added[20]
  • Manual transmission and AMG body design package options introduced[21]

2000 faceliftEdit

Production for facelift models began after February 2000. Major changes include:

  • Exterior design changes including: redesigned front and rear bumpers, a redesigned silver grille and taillights,[22] body-colour painted side-skirts and door handles,[23] integrated indicators in wing mirrors,[24] and stainless steel trim in the exhaust[25]
  • Interior design changes including: a restyled steering wheel and transmission shifter, and more supportive sports seats[26]
  • SLK 230 Kompressor engine updated, SLK 320 introduced, and SLK 200 Kompressor replaces SLK 200 and now introduced for worldwide market[27]
  • Electronic stability control upgraded[28]
  • The fuel tank volume was increased from 45 L (12 US gal) to 53 L (14 US gal)[29][30]

2001Edit

  • Six-speed manual transmission introduced, replacing the existing five-speed manual transmission[31]
  • SLK 32 AMG high performance variant introduced[32]

Production volumesEdit

The following are production figures for the R170 SLK[33][34]:

Model Total
SLK 200 44,846
SLK 200 Kompressor 125,873
SLK 230 Kompressor 102,754
SLK 320 33,416
SLK 32 AMG 4,333
Total: 311,222

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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