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Hardtop Roadster - The Only Way To Go
By Joe Carballosa on
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2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK350 2dr Roadster (3.5L 6cyl 6M)
Review
Besides being the most beautuful roadster on the market, the SLK is now a real sports car with the convenience of a retractable hard top. All car magazines praise the Boxter and ignore the SLK. I drove both and, although the Boxter does handle well, it lacks the low end torque and the hardtop of the SLK. Why buy a soft top convertible whan you can get a safe, quiet and more attractive hard top. It is like having 2 cars in one, a coupe AND a convertible! This is the way of the future. Plus the SLK is a blast to drive - especially with a six speed manual transmission. It goes like a rocket anywhere in the rev range because it provides all of its 250+ pond feet of torque from 2,200 RPM on.
Favorite Features
1. Retractable hard top 2. Styling/Design 3. Engine flexibility/power 4. 6 speed manual transmission 5. Handling 6. Small exterior size 7. Usable trunk 8. Design of interior 9. Sound of exhaust note 10. Solid ride (no shaking or rattling) 11. Lack of wind in cabin with top down
Suggested Improvements
1. Offer 18/19" wheels 2. Use real aluminum trim in interior 3. Offer a better standard sound system 4. Improve seat comfort 5. Eliminate wind noise in side mirror 6. Offer a 6 speed manual in AMG model 7. Improve gas milaege 8. Reduce vehicle weight 9. Improve on center feel of steering
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