83k for a 1.8lt?
With a capital ‘T’
My mate’s parents just paid north of $120k for the same engine in their E250 CGI Cabriolet – ridiculous.
Who do we believe has the best range overall between the big German Luxury brands – Merc/Audi/BMW??? Read a review on the weekend that detailed why Merc did – but then the 3/5/7series/Xseries from BM are solid – as is the A1/6/8 and sport ranges from Audi – re the SLK – for me the Z4 is more adventurous on the design front.
Why is metallic paint an extra $2,080 ($2,785.00inc Tax)
Hmm its only $720 in US But then the SLK350, is like $55K, so with the extra cost of delivering Metalic paint to Australia seems very resonable to me.
Let’s face it when someone is buying a car of this type and price then it is a lifestyle choice.
Practicality does not come into it, but styling, comfort, general feel good features, and possibly performance do.
It is a toy, or a present to yourself or your partner and neither are likely to be young.
Most of the people I see driving MB sports cars around are generally older or Asian or both, It is the MB brand cache at work.
I have yet to see how well the older generation handle the getting in and out of these cars though.
There are cars more suited for touring and others more suited for performance for the price, this does neither really well but it does say “I have made it”.
i second the Asian comment. no idea why but Asians love the SLK. not saying is a bad thing just a very general observation.
I like this car and would be happy to own one but i think the z4 has nicer exterior styling and i still love the audi tt, i know its 5 years old now but i think it will be even more of a design classic than the original tt! What does everyone else think?
Different styles – the Z is more of a traditional sports car – the SLK a top down coupe – tha Audi – in between thw two. A good mate has a TT-S – a few years old and a fantastic car – for me the traditional Z4 is great – I really like the feel of the cabin and long nose/rear drive set up.
Car Advice wrote
“One of the benefits of the smaller engine, though, is better weight balance at the front. Given the SLK 350 weighs a good 70kg more (not all of it a result of the larger engine), the lighter front end sees the 200 turn into corners with a bit more enthusiasm and a reduced tendency to understeer (push wide).”
Perhaps you should try the 350 SLK with Dynamic Handling included.
Wife & I are awaiting our SLK 350 due end of Q1 next year to replace a R171 SLK 350….the SLK 200 is the weak link in my opinion (though the higest seller)the 200 gives meaning to the term hairdresser car but the 350 is a whole lot better.
The big seller will be the SLK 250.
So if the 200 is a true hairdresser car, then you must be a very wealthy hairdresser?
MB, thanks for your comment.
I have driven the SLK 350 with the dynamics handling package, it’s pretty darn good. my point was, most people probably wont need the extra power and the 200 is pretty darn nifty, as far as I am concerned.
In saying that, some guys in the office here would agree with you – they think the SLK 350 is the one to go for, and hey, if you can justify it, there’s nothing wrong with it.
For me, it’s either SLK 200 or SLK 55 😀
Oh by the way and can we get over the comments that the car is only $X in the US, it’s called the Luxury Car Tax.
SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY
2011 Mercedes SLK 200 price in Victoria
Manufacturer’s List Price
including GST $81,163.00
Recommended maximum dealer delivery
including GST $2,500.00
Luxury Car Tax (LCT) $2,486.40
VIC Total Registration2 $713.20
VIC Stamp Duty $4,310.00
Drive Away Price
Base model featured only. $91,172.60
The front and rear sTyling has improved greatly over its predesessor but I still find the side view very oddly preportioned
I’m a through and through BMW man, but lately I feel like they’re losing flare. Give me any BMW up till E38, E39, E46 and I will die a happy man, but damn Mercedes has picked up its game!
I reckon I would take a metallic black SLK350 with red leather interior over a Z4. They look SO awesome. And that’s coming from someone who’s never looked twice at a roadster in his life.
Mercedes, hit the nail on the head. HOT.
they took the old model that looked sweet, and gave it a botched nose job!
the front doesnt work with the rest of the car at all!!!
Our SLK350 is waiting to be picked up by us.
The one thing that I really hate is the way that the Australian CLS and SLK do NOT have the stop/start function that the rest of the world has as standard and is the big marketing point in their paperwork (except here).
Freddy the new DI motors V6 have stop start technology that is why there is a huge difference between R171 & R172 fuel figures and the difference between 0-100 times new 5.6 old 5.5
The States dont have the stop/start
I first bought my mercedes slk230 2000 in nov 2008 very reliable and sporty looking a silver head turner.2years no problems, then i wanted to update. So i started to look at the R171 model 2004 onwards,wasnt excited at the slk200 underpowered auto almost turned off mercs altogether……Then I put my backside into a SLK 55 AMG with its sledge hammer acceleration and handling and sexy sporty looks……..Never been happier as my heart always skips a beat,electronically timed 0-100k at 4.8..With the roof down the 5.5 litre roar is a joy to behold….
The 55 growls and gets the tick.
This 200 wheezes and gets the flick.
Why are some people blaming MB 0 blame our ridiculous tax system for overpricing these cars. I’ve never heard of a “luxury car tax” till I came to Australia. We never had it anywhere in Europe. Heck even places like Brazil and Sth Africa don’t have a “luxury car tax”. The diesel SLK 250 is 38675 Euros..which is roughly AU$50,700. I bet we’re going to be paying more than double for this car if/when it comes to Australia. I’ve driven a diesel SLK in germany..it is a damn good car to drive and has lots of features as standard. If I were to buy an SLK, it would be the SLK diesel with AMG package..or the SLK AMG. The SLK 200 is underpowered and is meant for people who want to say ” oh I drive an SLK”, but conveniently fail to mention the fact that it is the base model.
Hi AJ whilst most of us agree that Lux Car Tax is unfair, MB are pulling wool over your eyes, Lux car tax is only a factor because MB makes it so, if these cars were sold for near o/s prices there would be No Lux tax payable, Metallic paint $2000 they are having a Laugh. MB just Double or treble the price to Australia and say Thank you very much, but it not like BMW, Audi Jaguar Land Rover are any better. Also Top gear US Lancer EVO $34k. If government allowed us to buy overseas and import watch the prices drop just like they have for TV’s.
it is underpowered is the 200 but I know a middle aged couple that would love it as an early retirement car. they are my folks! all they wanna do is drive the coast road having a look at the scenery and eating cakes at cafes. from sydney to newcastle on the old road the fastest you can go is probably 90, lots of 60s n 70s though. all they need is the badge and leather and drop top. frankly if they got a 55 i d be buying them bush cottage holidays every other weekend and lending them my work off roader so they can easily drive on country gravel roads…..and i d be fanging the 55 while they are away! think they are on to me
Just went to look at one, I love the front. All the sales guy seemed interested in, was selling me finance, I wasnt interested nor was he…….he lost interest after 5 mins, nice car but will look somewhere else the sales staff need to be more professional… maybe I will stick with another TT, customer relations????