2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK-CLass
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On paper, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK and the 2011 BMW Z4 have a lot in common. Like its Bavarian rival, the Merc also comes in three different variations, which vary in output from 228 to 355 horsepower, posts 0-60 times from 4.9 to 6.1 seconds, and can be ordered as either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic. Similarly, the Benz also costs anywhere from $47,650 to nearly $70,000 and transforms from coupe to hardtop roadster in 22 seconds. But that’s where the similarities stop.
While the SLK has become an even sportier ride, with good grip and sharp reflexes, it’s clear that a little more emphasis has gone into creating a welcoming environment for its passengers (after all, this is a Mercedes). Take the Airscarf system for example: little air vents have been integrated into the seats to blow warm air on your neck during those nippy morning drives, which means that you can enjoy having the top down all year long...unless it’s raining. But since the Mercedes-Benz SLK was the first convertible to employ an electric hardtop, you can rest assured that even when it’s raining cats and dogs, you’ll still be comfortable inside.
Check out the other cars in the Fun in the Sun Roundup:
2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster
2011 BMW Z4
2011 Audi TT/S Roadster
2011 Porsche Boxster