Conventional wisdom says that buyers shopping for a German-built roadster fall into one of three camps. Those wanting the best handling opt for the Porsche Boxster, those desiring a mix of comfort and performance opt for the BMW Z4 and those concerned primarily with comfort and luxury choose the Mercedes-Benz SLK.
That may have been somewhat true through 2011, but an all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK
looks to change the stereotype of its predecessors. It’s more aggressive in appearance, sharper in handling and possessed of an edge that earlier SLK models seemed to lack. It’s still plenty comfortable, top up or top down, and while it’s not yet as capable on an autocross course as its German rivals, the 2012 SLK gives drivers far more entertainment value than previous versions did.
Currently, two engine choices are available, although a third is said to be coming for the 2013 model year. Today, buyers can choose between the SLK 350
, with its 3.5-liter, 302-horsepower...