The Mercedes SLK has been transformed in to a pretty decent car in its latest iteration, particularly the AMG. It’s gone from being a ‘Hairdressers’ car to pose in, and now offers a credible drive. But the next SLK is already on its way (due in 2012), and our snappers have caught it out testing at the Nurburgring.
The next generation SLK looks to be more aggressive in stance, with a nose that takes on the family theme from the new Mercedes E-Class. It seems likely that the new SLK will come with a new set of engines, with more than a passing nod to eco-concerns. In will come a 1.6 litre, four-pot supercharged engine that will pick up the mantle from the old 1.8 litre Kompressor engine – same power – or more – with lower emissions and better economy.
Also likely to be offered for the first time is an oil-burner. Which it will be we have no real idea yet, but it’s a trick Mercedes is unlikely to miss. But will they shoehorn in the big 6.2 litre to give an absolutely bonkers SLK AMG? Probably not. But it’s a nice idea. But more likely is the 3.5 V6 Turbo offering around 475bhp.
Still pretty bonkers in such a small car.