The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class also stands for sportiness and elegance. Sporty is the vehicle because it is very fast and easy due to the noble elegant designed body and hinged folding roof. This roof, described by Mercedes-Benz as VARIO ROOF, disappears completely and automatically in the trunk of the Mercedes-Benz SLK convertible. With the SLK-Class, the Stuttgart automotive manufacturer in 1996 first entered the vehicle in the segment of compact roadsters, the BMW Z3 (now BMW Z4, Renault Megane CC and the Opel Astra TwinTop are located. Under the internal designation Mercedes-Benz R170, the first generation of solid sports car was produced until 2004. The Roadster was offered there. Including as Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 with 136 hp, Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor with 193 hp and the top variant Mercedes-Benz SLK 32 AMG with 354 hp The Mercedes convertible offered since 2004 the second generation has undergone a facelift in late 2007 and was sold as a new car in four different engine variants. Since 2011, the current 3rd generation of the Mercedes-Benz SLK on the roads. The sports car was trimmed even more sportiness with a new front and exhaust tailpipes integrated into the rear, the interior also underwent a renovation. To the sports broadcasting also emphasized the new and at the same time fuel-efficient engines will help. The smallest version is the four-cylinder Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 Kompressor with 1.8 liter displacement and 184 hp. In addition to the 231-hp Mercedes-Benz SLK 280 car and 305 hp payable Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 Roadster are two six-cylinder options. The strongest variation is, however, the eight-cylinder Mercedes-Benz SLK AMG with 422 hp, which has been available since late 2011. The interior was visually derived from the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Standard on all engines now have a start-stop system. New are two hinged plexiglass wind deflector, and the available optional Magic Sky Panoramic roof. Since the IAA 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK is available with a diesel engine for the first time - the SLK 250 CDI from a 2.1-liter diesel 204 hp and makes the roadster up to 243 km / h.