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The Very Latest from BRABUS for the New SLK Models

Engine Tuning With up to 445 hp (438 hp SAE net) / 327 kW and Exclusive Accessories

Concurrent wîth the market launch of the updated Mercedes SLK-Class, BRABÚS (www.brabus.com) presents an exclusive customization program. The palette of products ranges from engine tuning wîth up to 445 hp (438 hp SAE net) / 327 kW of power to a sportyyet elegant aerodynamic-enhancement program, and includes custom-tailored light-alloy wheels and suspensions as well as individual interior options.

For the top-of-the-line SLK55 AMG model, BRABÚS offers its 6.1 S displacement engine. It has a rated power output of 445 hp (438 hp SAE net) / 327 kW and produces a peak torque of 635 Nm (468 lb-ft). Power is transferred to the road via a modified seven-speed automatic gearbox and a custom-developed BRABÚS limited-slip differential. With a sprint time from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 305 km/h (191 mph) the BRABÚS tuned roadster sets new standards in its class.

All BRABÚS engines are lubricated wîth ARAL high-performance motor oil and all are backed by the one-of-a-kind BRABÚS Tuning Warranty of three years or 100,000 kilometers/62,000 miles (see BRABÚS warranty conditions as of November 2006).

The installation of the BRABÚS stainless-steel sport exhaust system is beneficial not only for tuned engines. Its four chrome-plated tailpipes give the SLK a more exclusive appearance and produce an even more sonorous exhaust note on all SLK engines.

Vital Stats
Engine : 6.1 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 438 hp
Torque: 468 ft-lbs

For the updated SLK the BRABÚS designers have once again made use of the wind tunnel to develop an aerodynamic-enhancement package in OEM quality that in combination wîth the chrome-plated BRABÚS roadster roll bars lends the two-seater a sporty yet elegant appearance.


The striking BRABÚS front spoiler reduces lift on the front axle at high speeds. BRABÚS headlamp inserts wîth daytime running lights further improve driving safety.

BRABÚS rocker panels smooth the airstream between front and rear wheels, and give the new-generation SLK a longer, sleeker appearance. Integrated entrance lights illuminate the ground on either side of the SLK and make getting in and out of the car safer in the dark.

The rear of the SLK is upgraded by the BRABÚS apron wîth cutouts for the quad sport exhaust and the understated BRABÚS spoiler lip on the trunk lid.

BRABÚS light-alloy wheels are available for the Mercedes SLK in one-piece or multi-piece designs wîth diameters of 17, 18 and 19 inches. The large selection of BRABÚS Monoblock rims in four different designs starts wîth 8.5Jx17 Monoblock A wheels that come wîth an EG general operating certificate. The largest tire/wheel combination for the SLK features BRABÚS Monoblock VI, E or S wheels in size 8.5Jx19 in front and in size 9.5Jx19 on the rear axle. BRABÚS recommends high-performance tires from BRABÚS technology partners YOKOHAMA or Pirelli in size 225/35 ZR 19 on the front axle and in size 255/30 ZR 19 in back.

The available BRABÚS suspension modifications for the SLK are specifically calibrated to the use wîth such sporty wide tires. Engine-specific BRABÚS sport springs lower the ride height of the roadster by some 30 millimeters. BRABÚS sport suspensions combine this lowered center of gravity wîth a firmer yet comfortable damper setup. To reduce body roll further in fast corners BRABÚS offers stronger sway bars.

BRABÚS also offers various versions of high-performance brake systems for the new SLK. The largest version features six-piston aluminum fixed calipers and 355-mm (14 inches) vented and slotted discs on the front axle. The rear axle is fitted wîth 300-mm (11.8 inches) discs and four-piston aluminum fixed calipers. Special flex-steel brake lines ensure continuous high brake pressure.

The stylish customization of the SLK cockpit is yet another BRABÚS specialty. The list of available components includes highly polished stainless-steel scuff plates wîth illuminated BRABÚS logo, various versions of the ergonomically shaped BRABÚS sport §teering wheel and a speedometer wîth 330-km/h (206 mph) dial. Especially exclusive is an interior upholstered wîth soft yet durable Mastik leather and Alcantara. The BRABÚS upholsterers don't limit themselves to working on seats, door panels, dashboard and center console: Úpon customer request they'll meticulously sew miles of thread to cover floor, rear firewall and driveshaft tunnel wîth waffle-patterned leather.

Source - Brabus
Animal, muscular, poised, predatory and competitive, those are the words used to describe the Mercedes-Benz SLK. Mercedes-Benz designers and engineers continue to remain the world leaders in created a peerless and beautiful vehicle.

For 1998 Mercedes Benz chose to unveil something different; a 2-passenger sports car with a supercharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. Rather than a soft top though, the SLK featured a metal roof that powered down at the touch of a button into the trunk for stowage. Taking only 25 seconds, the trunklid opened forward for cargo, and tilted from the rear to raise or lower the top.

SLK stands for sporty, light, and compact in German. The design work behind the SLK stemmed from the compact C-Class sedan. The presence of the supercharged engine was marked with a 'Kompressor' badge on the front fenders. The Mercedes SLK only offered a 5-speed automatic transmission. Traction control, door-mounted side airbags and antilock brakes were standard features. When a special Mercedes child seat was installed, a 'BabySmart' feature automatically deactivated the right-side airbags. For 1997 the SLK was on Car and Driver's Ten Best list.

For the second year, the Mercedes-Benz SLK received a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, and the previously standard automatic transmission was now an option. A new Sport package was offered and included 'aero' lower-body cladding and performance tires on 17-inch wheels rather than the usual 16-inch wheels. Also becoming standard on the SLK was Mercedes 'Brake Assist' feature that automatically provided full braking force in emergency stops.

Not many changes were made for the 2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK except for the addition of free scheduled maintenance to the SLK's warranty coverage.

For 2001 the SLK added the SLK320 into its lineup. The SLK320 featured a 215-hp V6 engine with an additional 5 horsepower and standard 6-speed manual transition. The following year a new SLK32 AMG model was unveiled. A supercharged version on the V6, the SLK32 AMG featured modifications to suspension, bodywork, transmission and interior by Mercedes AMG performance team. The SLK32 AMG had a 3.2 liter engine and was available in limited qualities in the U.S. and went from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The SLK 32 AMG was the best-performing SLK ever, and was direct competition to the BMW M Roadster and Porsche Boxster S. The SLK 32 AMG was only offered with automatic transmission and came with a hand built engine.

The SLK 320 was built in South Africa, rather than in Bremen, Germany. On January 29, 1997, the very first R170 Mercedes SLK was completed, while the last was built on April 7, 2004.

The SLK230 and 320 Sport package now mimicked the SLK32's lower-body aero trim, projector-beam fog lamps and wheels. For 2003 the Mercedes SLK remained unchanged. In 2004 the SLK featured a special edition package that was only available for the year for the SLK230 and the SLK320. This special edition package included 17-inch wheels, exterior chrome accents, a body-colored grille and Nappa leather sports seats and roll bar. The SLK200 wasn't available for sale or purchase in the U.S., but overseas- and those who utilized the gray market in the U.S. – received a more economic and fuel efficient and slightly toned down 2.0 136 horsepower engine that was found in the SLK200.

The second generation of the SLK was unveiled in 2005, the R171. The retractable hard top SLK350 was returned to the market with enhanced handling, the power of a 3.5 liter V6, and a more uses friendly and elaborately detailed interior. The SLK350 Roadster was featured in 2006 along with the SLK280. Keeping most of the same features and options as the SLK350, the 280 was offered as a less costly option for a 3.0 V6 engine.

In 2007 the SLK55 AMG was released and built in very limited quantities and for high performance drivers. This version came equipped with a 5.4 liter V8 engine, 18 inch chrome wheels, and a sports car designed suspension with brakes and tires to match. The interior of the SLK55 AMG featured heated Napa leather upholstery and detailed luxury sport trim and control panels.

For this same year, no major changes were made to the Mercedes Benz SLK 350 or SLK 280 cabrioles or coupes. The public weighed in and the overwhelming review was that the SLK was spectacular with invigorating and responsive handling.

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