by R.M. Clarke
Prompted by the success of the MX-5 the SLK was based on a chopped C-class platform designed to include the Vario retractable steel roof and shown as a concept car in 1994. Full production began two years later but the UK only got the flagship model with a 193bhp, 2.3-litre supercharged engine with automatic gearbox. It was not until 2000 that the six-cylinder engine was used mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
With this came body styling changes. The CLK was also based on the C-class platform but came with four seats and looking very similar to the E-class. It quickly went from the 2.3 to the 3.2 engine. Then came a cabriolet version. Mercedes kept up the pressure by introducing the CLK430 coupé with a 4.3-litre V8.
This is a book of contemporary road and comparison tests, technical data, travel, long-term impressions, new model introductions. Models covered include: SLK 200, CLK 230, CLK 320, SLK 230, CLK 430, SLK 320, CLK 55 AMG.
Brooklands Books Ltd "Road Test" books provide a wide range and collection of road tests, comparison tests, new model introductions, long term tests, and other articles taken from the world's leading motoring magazines. The Limited Edition series deal mostly with makes and models of a highly specialised nature and are generally printed in small quantities. Each book has 92 pages and around 200 illustrations.
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