Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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The SLK is a compact roadster manufactured by Mercedes-Benz in two generations, R170 and R171, since 1997.

As one of the first modern retractable hardtop convertibles, the SLK followed the 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyder and preceded other retractable hardtops such as the Peugeot 206cc, Lexus SC, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and the Chrysler Sebring.

The designation SLK derives from the company’s design mission to create a roadster that was at once sporty, light and short — in German: Sportlich, Leicht und Kurz. [1]

The term SLK-Class is a Mercedes marketing term referring to the vehicle in all its engine configurations across both design generations.

Competitors include the Audi TT, BMW Z4, Lexus SC, Porsche Boxster, and Porsche Cayman.

The R170-platform SLK 230 Kompressor was introduced in 1997 for model year 1998 to compete with the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z3. Setting it apart was its folding hardtop, though its additional weight compromised the performance of the 185 hp 2.3 L supercharged I4 engine and automatic transmission. The SLK was on Car and Driver’s Ten Best list for 1997.