Mercedes-Benz is finally offering the SLK with a diesel engine, giving the compact roadster the performance of a sports car with the fuel consumption of a subcompact.
Powering the diesel-fed SLK 250 CDI is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that has an output of 204hp and 500Nm of torque--the kind of figures a petrol engine that's twice the displacement would normally produce. This makes the SLK 250 CDI the most powerful diesel model in its class and gives it the potential for a very sporty performance.
With a 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission putting the power down to the rear wheels, the diesel SLK runs the zero-to-100kph sprint in 6.7 seconds before it reaches its top speed of 243kph. Thanks to its impressive diesel torque figure, the SLK 250 CDI can accelerate from 80 to 120kph in just 4.3 seconds, which translates to effortless overtaking.
Despite such impressive performance figures, the SLK 250 CDI is the most economical and environmentally compatible roadster in its segment with a diesel fuel mileage of 20.408 km/L and carbon dioxide emissions of only 128g/km.
Like all SLK models, the SLK 250 CDI features a start/stop system as standard and retains both the comfortable sport seats as well as the largest luggage capacity in its class.
The SLK 250 CDI is also available with a choice of three versions of the vario-roof, including the panoramic glass roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL which changes the glass roof's tint from dark to transparent at the touch of a button.
Three suspension setups are also available with the diesel SLK: a conventional steel suspension, a sports suspension with a stiffer spring, and damper setup or a suspension with an electronically controlled, fully automatic damping system.
Externally, the new SLK 250 CDI is no different in appearance from the petrol models down to the twin exhaust system, giving it the same exciting look which the SLK models are known for.
The SLK 250 CDI is scheduled to go on sale globally in September.