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Video: 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK with Nico Rosberg

Following a full-length promotional video that leaked onto the internet earlier this month (which Mercedes-Benz subsequently ordered be taken down for copyright reasons), the German manufacturer has released an official teaser clip of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK on its own terms.
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The short film features Mercedes GP Formula One star Nico Rosberg behind the wheel of the upcoming hard top, with SLK lead engineer Michael Scheer in the passenger seat.It’s clear that Rosberg is no actor, and Scheer is an even worse photographer, but if you can look past those two and focus on the car, it’s a rather insightful look into the vehicle from within the cockpit.

Rosberg takes the semi-camouflaged SLK around the streets of Monte Carlo, giving viewers an unrestricted look at the interior, including the vehicle’s party piece: the Magic Sky Control sunroof.

At the press of a button, the sunroof goes from a fully dimmed blue tint to a completely clear panoramic pane of glass, illuminating the entire cabin.

Rosberg is not shy about giving viewers an insight into the rumble of the Merc’s engine either, which he revs freely at the start of the clip.

It is understood the new SLK will be launched in March with three engine options. The SLK200 is expected to get 137kW and 270Nm of torque, the SLK250 152kW/310Nm and the six-cylinder SLK350 225kW and 370Nm.

The SLK55 AMG will arrive some time after that. Its 5.5-litre V8 is expected to produce 310kW, up from the current model’s 265kW.

Mercedes-Benz Australia’s David McCarthy recently said the new 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK was due to arrive in Australia around the middle of next year.