2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK32 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class - Road Test Specs

2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible

(3.2L V6 Supercharger 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2002
ModelSLK32 AMG
StyleSLK32 AMG 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl S/C 5A)
Base MSRP$55,545
As-tested MSRP$57,260


Drive typeRWD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.2
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)349 @ 6,100
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)332 @ 4,400
Transmission type5-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent - Double Wishbone
Suspension, rearIndependent - Multi-Link
Steering typeRecirculating ball
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot Sport
Tire size, front225/45ZR17
Tire size, rear245/40ZR17
Brakes, frontFront Ventilated Disc Brakes/Rear Solid Disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.2
0-60 mph (sec.)4.8
0-75 mph (sec.)7.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.3@105.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)117
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)32.9
Sound level @ idle (dB)52
@ Full throttle (dB)77
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)78

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWe liked the Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG's instant power-gratification add-on, otherwise known as the supercharger. With more horsepower than the mighty M3, the SLK is able to leap from the line just slightly faster than its German counterpart. We got the best run on the second attempt using a brake torque start with the traction control switched off. When we attempted to shift the five-speed automatic manually, we were unsuccessful as the transmission would upshift for itself even in manual mode. After the second run, each successive run got slower as the engine temperature got hotter, most likely a factor of supercharger/engine heat soak.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsBraking is excellent with short stopping distances that were within 4 feet of each other over the four test runs. We did experience a small amount of brake-pedal pulsation after the vehicle had come to a complete stop, but we surmised that it had something to do with the Electronic Brake Assist doing its job and was not a malfunction of the system, since we were not moving when we experienced it. Our best 60-to-0 and 30-to-0 distances were on the very last run, showing that fade was not an issue, and that the brakes worked better with a little heat in them. Stability, as expected, was excellent with little to no movement in the lane.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsHandling from the SLK32 was exceptional, with supercharged power oversteer available at the squeeze of the throttle. With a fine combination of quick, direct steering and a well-controlled chassis, the AMG version of the SLK was no slouch through the cones. It took a delicate balance between enough power to move quickly through the course but not so much that you were overpowering the grip of the rear tires to the extent that you were going sideways instead of straight ahead. Our best runs were with the ESP switched off and careful application of the throttle. Steering, for a recirculating ball setup, was quick and direct but probably due for replacement when they build the next generation of the SLK. — Neil G. Chirico

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)75
Wind (mph, direction)0 mph

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 18/24 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)17
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,220
Length (in.)157.9
Width (in.)67.5
Height (in.)50.4
Wheelbase (in.)94.5
Legroom, front (in.)42.7
Headroom, front (in.)37.4
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)9.5
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)10


Bumper-to-bumper4 year/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 year/50,000 miles
Corrosion4 year/50,000 miles
Roadside assistanceNever expires
Free scheduled maintenance4 year/50,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake Assist, ABS
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemStandard

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