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1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor

The Ú.S. model shares the European 'Kompressor' badge on the front fenders to indicate the presence of a supercharger (or compressor).
The SLK nomenclature, translated from German, is an acronym meaning 'Sporty, Light and Short' (Sport, Leicht, Kurz). Únder 3,000 pounds and less than 160 inches long, the SLK is indeed light and short.

The supercharger is an interesting feature. It is a reworking of the Roots-type blower. Two three-lobed rotors spin up to 12,000 rpm compressing incoming air. The engine's intercooler cools the air making it more dense. This cool, dense air creates a more powerful intake charge. Furthermore, the belt-driven supercharger disengages at idle speed to conserve fuel. (concept carz)

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1998 SLK 230 Kompressor
1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor Base Price : $40,000

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2003Porsche (73,284)
2002Buick (350,602)Porsche (55,050)
2001Jeep (455,417)Ferrari (792)
2000Ford (965,029)Pontiac (573,805)Chevrolet (547,294)
1999Ford (918,040)Honda (733,878)Chevrolet (609,100)
1998Ford (878,405)Honda (751,032)Chevrolet (561,218)
1997Ford (913,440)Honda (722,431)Chevrolet (650,820)
1996Ford (1,036,048)Honda (680,711)Pontiac (541,844)
1995Ford (1,012,818)Chevrolet (665,955)Honda (643,336)
1994Ford (1,220,512)Chevrolet (651,647)Honda (650,105)
1993Ford (1,026,338)Chevrolet (692,116)Honda (608,149)

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