It was introduced to compete in the compact, but still premium Roadster market, with the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z3M in the late 1990′s as the SLK R170, it was later redesigned as the SLK R171, this is the second-generation SLK and I believe is even more eye-catching than the original, offering a combination of style and performance, again in my opinion, more suited to the Mercedes image.
An outstanding piece of engineering, but no more than you would expect from Mercedes.
It has all the power you will need, with its 3 litre twin overhead cam V6 engine and the 6 speed manual gearbox (something of a rarity in this range) this car is as smooth as can be.
The now classical shape offers style, and in the right colour (metallic black) is second to none, the interior is just as well fitted out with full red leather (again another little extra) and all the knobs and instruments that offer as much information that you need, all at a flick of a switch or a touch of a button.
The SLK can be driven all year round with its folding hard top, but as the top goes down it takes on the shape of the classic 2 seater Roadster.
There’s a lot more to these cars than at first glance, it’s the balance; top up or down, that’s been designed to leave you in full control, offering you the option of a perfect compromise between a more composed ride or foot down with the wind in your hair, a compromise not offered by some of the competition.
So wherever you go, the wilds of Northumberland, or the city centre, the SLK is a car that is going to go on and on, just drive it and see for yourself.