Receiving a plethora of updates this year, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class luxury roadster with a power-retractable hardtop has been upgraded with restyled front and rear fascias, grille, side mirrors and steering wheel. In addition, the base model is now known as the SLK300, and the midlevel SLK350 gets a significant power boost. SLK300 is propelled by a 3.0L V6 engine that produces 228 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, paired to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. The SLK300 completes the 0-60 in 6.1 seconds. The SLK350 now boasts a 3.5L V6 engine generating 300 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, attached to the mandatory seven-speed automatic transmission, and zipping 0-60 in 5.4 seconds. The high-performance SLK55 AMG packs a 5.5L V8 that grinds out 355 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque with the mandatory seven-speed automatic and will do 0-60 in 4.9 seconds. Fuel economy estimates range from 17 mpg city/26 mpg hwy for the 3.0L to 18/26 mpg for the 3.5L. Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class safety features include stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, knee airbags, side airbags and the TeleAid emergency call system.
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