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 |  Mar 31 2014, 7:11 AM


Aiming to reduce weight, the next-generation Mercedes-Benz SL- and SLK-Class models will lose its retractable hardtop.

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 |  Jun 16 2011, 4:44 PM


It seems like Mercedes-Benz‘s new SLK-Class has barely rolled off the lots of dealerships and now the aftermarket already has tuning packages available for the German convertible. Carlsson, a popular Mercedes-Benz tuner, has revealed its tuning package for the new SLK-Class, which will comprise of a styling kit, suspension kit, new wheels, interior accessories and engine upgrades for various models.

On the outside, the SLK gets a 1.2-inch lower stance thanks to Carlsson’s suspension kit. The lowered convertible can then sit comfortably on a set of 18- to 20-inch wheels from Carlsson, depending on your preference. Complementing the new lower profile is an aerodynamic styling kit featuring an aggressive front apron while the rear is outfitted with a diffuser as well. The front grille is also swapped out for a polished stainless-steel counterpart.

Engine power can be boosted anywhere from 27- to 40-hp. By utilizing Carlsson’s C-Tronic, the various SLK-Class powerplants can be upgraded to several stages of horsepower gains. The SLK 200 CGI can go from 184-hp to 211-hp or 224-hp, while the SLK 250 CGI can be upgraded from 204-hp to 239-hp.

No pricing was announced.

GALLERY: Carlsson Mercedes-Benz SLK

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 |  Aug 04 2010, 9:08 PM


We could hardly believe our eyes when we saw Helvetic Motor Company’s (HMC) Hidalgo. What started with a Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG has been converted to what you’re seeing now. An interesting blend of old school styling with new school technology.

We’re not huge fans of the odd paint scheme, but the overall aesthetics of the vehicle are really cool. The throwback headlights and wheels blend nicely to the modernized shape of the vehicle. It’s still powered by the 5.5L V8 putting out 355-hp and 376 ft-lbs of torque. What would be even cooler to see is some aftermarket modifications being outfitted to make this thing a real rocket.

But we’re guessing those that can actually afford one of these at $410,000 will probably not want to be modifying it. In fact, HMC says they’ll only be creating six of these a year, so if you’ve got the funds lying around please let us know if you pick one up – and send us some more pictures too.

Move over Weisman.



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