The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, the second-generation of Mercedes’ entry-level convertible, is now in its final year and understandably it's starting to show its age against newer rivals such as the BMW Z4, which recently underwent a complete redesign.
While the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
is on its way, the existing 2011 model is still in showrooms and is worth a look for buyers wanting the solidness of a coupe but the fun of an open-top cruiser. The SLK also remains one of the best looking cars in its segment, which is no small feat given it competes with the likes of the aforementioned BMW Z4, as well as the Infiniti G37 Convertible, Porsche Boxster and Audi TT.
Buyers can select from three different models, all of them worthy of being called a sports car, but one clearly stands out from the pack. We are, of course, talking about the high-performance SLK55 AMG. This model comes with a 5.4-liter V-8 engine delivering no less than 355 horsepower.
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