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RM Sotheby’s will auction off SLK-based Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing replica

A favorite amongst collectors, the 300 SL Gullwing is one iconic car - probably the most iconic Mercedes-Benz of all time. Today, a well-maintained example will sell for a seven-digit price tag.

But not all of them cost that much. The one we have today will be sold in the market for $125,000 to $135,000 when it goes in the auction room at the RM Sotheby’s Santa Monica in California later this week.

The Gullwing that will go on sale this weekend has a fibreglass body, but underneath its body is a 2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK 32 AMG - this was purchased over two years ago from Mercedes Benz’ dealers in Houston and was fitted inside the 300 SL Gullwing replica.

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2014 Geneva: Mercedes-Benz SLK CarbonLOOK Edition looks quite impressive

Mercedes-Benz is all-ready to introduce the SL 2LOOK Edition and the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition special models that allow customers to enjoy open-air riding in a premium yet exclusive package. Both the SL 2LOOK Edition and the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition models feature sharper exterior and high-quality interior. Orders could now be placed for the new Edition models.

Designed to feature a sporty look, the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition is equipped with emotional AMG body styling, which includes a muscular front apron, a dynamic rear apron and striking side sill panels. Further sporty details on this SLK edition include headlamps with dark surrounds, roll-over bars with in anodized aluminum inserts as well as high-gloss AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels in titanium grey. This special edition is recognized promptly through the “CarbonLOOK” badge on the mirror triangle.

Compared to a typical SLK, the new SLK CarbonLOOK Edition is lower by 10 mm, thanks to its sports suspension. The new SLK CarbonLOOK Edition is also provided with a larger brake system with Mercedes-Benz lettering on the calipers and perforated front brake discs. The four-cylinder petrol mill of the new SLK CarbonLOOK Edition also features a sportier audio track.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG UK price

Pricing details for Mercedes-Benz’s SLK 55 AMG have been announced. This model, which is regarded as the most powerful SLK ever built, has a road price of £54,950. It is equipped with a new, naturally aspirated, direct-injection version of AMG’s 5.5-litre V8 engine, which drives power through the rear wheels via a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission.

The new V8 engine has an output of 421hp at 6,800rpm and 540Nm of torque at 4,500rpm, enabling the vehicle to achieve a 0-62mph acceleration time of only 4.6 seconds to reach a limited top speed of 155mph.

What’s amazing is that fuel economy and CO2 emissions are lower by 30%. This was achieved by installing AMG’s Cylinder Management System comparable to what’s used on the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 engines. This deactivates two cylinders on each bank of the V8 when the car is operating on light throttle loads.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and Ducati Streetfighter 848 show up in ‘Streetfighter yellow’

Ducati and Mercedes-AMG are appearing together at the Bologna Motor Show on December 3 to 11, 2011, to present to the public a series of new vehicles that underscore the partnership they entered into a year ago. Ducati has its new Ducati Streetfighter 848 and Mercedes-AMG has its new SLK 55 AMG, both sporting a matching “Streetfighter yellow” color.

The Ducati and Mercedes-Benz AMG partnership

Ducati and Mercedes-AMG have entered into a partnership deal at the November 2010 Los Angeles Motor Show. This entailed Ducati calling AMG its “official car partner” since the beginning of the 2011 MotoGP season.

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Mercedes-Benz is preparing to launch the SLK roadster for 2012, considered to be the most powerful version of the sports car. The SLK gets an AMG trim and the SLK’s look is made more attractive with a series of enhancements. The SLK will also be getting 415hp from its naturally aspirated V8, from 355hp in the existing model. U.S. dealerships will start to receive the 2012 SLK in early 2012. It is reinforced further with an AMG suspension and high-performance brakes.

The athletic ethos is also evident in the spoiler, body treatments and chrome tailpipes. The roadster will enable the eight cylinders propel the car to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds en route to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Its torque rating is at 398 lb-ft.

The engine is fitted with a cylinder-deactivation setup, enabling the roadster to be driven on four cylinders.

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A diesel engine has recently been added to Mercedes-Benz’s sporty SLK Roadster range. Orders for the new SLK 250 CDI will be taken by the automaker starting on September 13. The model retails for EUR41,828.50 (inclusive of VAT). The new Mercedes SLK 250 CDI retains the twin exhaust system and looks exactly the same as the petrol models.

The four-cylinder diesel engine with a displacement of 2143 cc delivers 204hp and 500 newton metres of torque. This is the same output level as a petrol engine but with twice the displacement that it would typically produce.

This engine is coupled to a standard 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. By the second quarter of 2012, a six-speed manual transmission is expected to follow. The car is capable of going from a standstill to 100km/h in 6.7 seconds and from 80 to 120 km/h in only 4.3 seconds.

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Brabus has unveiled its new Sport package for the new Mercedes-Benz SLK R172, featuring various parts that range from the expected multi-spoke wheels to exhausts and even to its interior trim. Brabus installed an aero kit with two front spoiler lips that are placed on the left and right side of the production apron.

The front also gets a new LED bar configuration, the side has new sills, while at the back there’s a new diffuser and boot spoiler.

The SLK was given a set of Brabus Monoblock wheels, available in sizes ranging from 17 to 20 inches, and offered as either a one piece or multi-piece design. Brabus suggests a set of high-performance tires from Continental, Pirelli or YOKOHAMA that’s sized 235/30 ZR20 on the front axle and 275/25 ZR20 at the rear.

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A new 5.5-liter V8 engine will be used to power the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class AMG that will be displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This 5,461cc engine is a normally aspirated version of the twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine that is used on the new CLS63 AMG and E63 AMG models.

The two turbos had to be removed so that the all aluminum 187kg V8 can be fitted in the SLK. A post at revealed that the new 5.5 V8 offers 60hp more than the old V8 in the outgoing SLK55 AMG to 420 hp.

Meanwhile, torque had increased from 509 Nm to 539 Nm (376lb-ft to 398lb-ft). In addition, the fuel economy and CO2 emissions got a 30% boost in the new SLK55-AMG compared to the previous model.

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With the arrival of summer, tuners are expected to bring out their upgrade kits for the convertibles. One such example is the package that German aftermarket developer Carlsson created for the 2012 Mercedes SLK. It features interior and exterior modifications as well as performance tweaks.

The Carlsson SLK was fitted with different aerodynamic improvements such as a new front spoiler and a rear apron insert (priced at EUR620 each), stainless steel grille inserts (which cost EUR449) that replace the standard honeycombs, a couple of new side sills, and a stainless steel sport exhaust system with oval shaped end pipes that are offered at EUR1,298.

This upgrade package also features a 30 mm lower suspension, customized 18-inch wheels (with a price tag of EUR1,930) and one of three interior kits that include seats, headrests and door panel upholstery that have a starting price of EUR3,900. In terms of performance, the tuners concentrated on the new generation CGI engines that power the 2012 Mercedes SLK.

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Daimler announced that the new Mercedes-Benz SLK, which offers 20% lower CO2 emissions than its predecessor, has received an Environmental Certificate in accordance with the ISO 14062 standard. A lifecycle assessment was conducted on the sporty roadster. The results reveal that it emits a lower amount of CO2 through its entire life cycle, from production to operation of more than 200,000 kilometers up to recovery.

In terms of overall energy balance, it saves 18% more energy compared with the predecessor, corresponding to the energy generated by 4100 liters of petrol. Mercedes said that the SLK complies with the mandatory recycling rate of 95% by weight that will be implemented starting January 1, 2015.

The vehicle uses 68 components with a combined weight of 35.4 kg that are built from high-quality recycled plastics. This means that the mass of approved recycled components has been raised by 5% over the previous model.

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Mercedes-Benz has revealed how much its new-generation CLS coupe and SLK roadster models would cost. For its 2012 CLS550, prices will start at $71,300 while its high-performance CLS63 AMG will begin at $94,900. On the other hand, the suggested retail price for its 2012 SLK350 model will begin at $54,800.

Prices exclude a destination & delivery charge of $875. The 2012 CLS coupe, which seats four and is set to be launched in the U.S. market by the summer of 2011, represents the first major redesign of a vehicle that established an entirely new market segment -- the four-door coupe that combines the dynamic design and the emotional appeal of a coupe with the functionality and comfort of a sedan.

The 4.6-liter engine in the CLS550 model produces 443 lb-ft. of torque and 402 horsepower while the 5.5-liter engine in the CLS63 AMG generates 516 lb.-ft of torque and 518 hp. Both CLS coupe models are powered by the latest biturbo, direct-injection V8 engines. On the other hand, the 2012 SLK model represents the third generation of a two-seat sports car that astounded the automotive industry when it launched the first automatic retractable hardtop in the contemporary scene.

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Mercedes-Benz has just recently introduced the latest SLK and given the C-Class a facelift yet the model cars for the dynamic saloon, sporty roadster and striking estate have already been made available. All miniatures have been produced in particular for Mercedes-Benz Accessories with ideal workmanship, making them a pleasure to behold. No matter what the size of the vehicle is, Mercedes-Benz always manages to create a sense of fascination in the original and model form alike.

In fact, the Mercedes-Benz Model Car Selection models have a very special spot among real-scale miniatures. This is true because the Sindelfingen Design Studios and Product Management Division of Mercedes-Benz always pays close attention to details, making sure that these miniatures are made with accurate proportions and smooth light-catching contours, among others. The models are built as close as possible to the original.

They can only make it to the Mercedes-Benz Model Car Selection when details like the windscreen wipers, door handles and exterior mirrors go through inspection. The models of the latest SLK have been designed to meet the same strict standards. They are now readily available in different scales of 1:87 for model railway layouts, 1:43 for collectors and 1:18, a large-scale edition for model enthusiasts who have an eye for detail.

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Mercedes-Benz started receiving orders for the new SLK on Jan. 17, 2011. This latest Mercedes SLK model isn’t just a version of the show car from 1994; its roots actually go farther to the 190 SL model from 55 years ago.

The history of the roadster began in February 1954 when five months of development led to the world premiere of the 190 SL in New York, alongside the legendary 300 SL "gullwing.” It was in May 1955 that series production started. Production of the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL ended in 1963, with a total of 25,881 cars built during the production period.

In April 1994, roadster enthusiasts got their first look of how Mercedes-Benz imagines a compact roadster should appear with the SLK study introduced in Turin.

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This is the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK, the third-generation of the popular coupe-cabriolet from the German manufacturer, which promises to deliver an improved driving pleasure and open-air enjoyment. For those who don’t know, the Mercedes-Benz SLK made quite a buzz back in 1996, when the first generation was introduced, due to the vario-roof, which transformed the wide-open roadster into a coupe.

The second generation introduced the warm AIRSCARF around the neck and shoulders of the occupants. Now, the third generation comes with the impressive panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL which can be quickly switched to light or dark at the press of a button. As you can see from the photos, the new car follows the same design philosophy introduced by the SLS AMG and the 2012 CLS, which means you will find a big grille showing the well-known Mercedes-Benz star.

The new headlights are inspired by the the legendary 190 SL from the 1950s, which is regarded by many as being the original “SLK”. The new design also improves the Coefficient of drag (Cd), which has been cut to just 0.30 from 0.32. The profile of the car shows the classic roadster proportions, while the fine details and quotes show the care that has been taken by the Mercedes-Benz designers.

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Those who had been eagerly awaiting the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK to be displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show were sorely disappointed when they didn’t get a glimpse of the drop-top convertible.

Mercedes is not yet done teasing the new car, which will boast several advanced safety features. A major element of the modern Mercedes-Benz vehicles is active safety, offered in part through advanced systems in its current portfolio.

This new third generation of the Mercedes SLK will feature Attention Assist, which was first seen on the 2010 E-Class. This helps prevent drowsy driving.

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According to the latest reports, it appears that the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK will be the first car from the manufacturer receiving on-board Internet access via its Command infotainment platform.

The sources who confirmed this fact also added that the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class is expected to offer the same Web-browsing capability. The new C-Class will arrive on the market shortly after the SLK debuts.

"We will then offer our own online services as well," a top executive told Automobilwoche. What is really interesting is that Mercedes-Benz will not offer the same system as Bmw, its main rival, because the SLK will use the customers’ smart phone in order to connect with the infotainment system.

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Mercedes-Benz released today the first teaser with the 2012 SLK coupe-cabriolet and together with this new details appeared on the web. What we did find out is that the new car is going to receive for the first time a diesel engine which will be featured on the SLK 250 CDI.

This means that the car will use a 2.2-liter diesel engine capable to deliver 204 hp and an impressive 500 Nm of torque, same found on the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI.

With this engine, the S 250 CDI can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 8.2 seconds and has a top speed of 240 km/h (150 mph). It also boasts a fuel consumption rating of 5.7 l/100km (41 mpg), while its CO2 emissions are at 149 g/km.

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A new remarkably attractive hybrid sports car is about ready to be introduced by Mercedes-Benz is the SLK Gullwing as the smaller sibling of the upcoming company flagship SLC supercar. The latest model is patterned after the iconic Mercedes 300 SL 'Gullwing' and the forthcoming SLC.

Coming with a couple of doors hinged at the center of the roof, the SLK Gullwing will take the top position in the next-generation SLK range. It will compete with the Porsche Cayman S and Audi TT RS.

The new Mercedes SLK will have more muscle compared to the current model, with a sharper appearance. The hood is long and highlights faired-in lights and a big three-pointed star, and below is a splitter drawn from F1. Besides it extremely good looks, the new version will also be eco-friendly.

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VATH has taken the Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and has given it a tuning package that brings up its performance to a whole new level. Rebranded as VATH V58, this supercar has had its 5.5 liter V8 engine tweaked. From being capable of producing only 360hp and 510 Nm, the engine now offers 565hp and 770 Nm of torque.

The engine's capacity has been extended to 5.8 liters and it now uses forced induction via a supercharger. In addition, the unit received a long list of upgraded internals and an ECU remap. However, this upgrade comes at a hefty price -- the package costs $42,000.

Be the judge on whether its other improvements justify this astonishing price tag. While, VATH has yet to release acceleration details for the car, it has mentioned that the V58 stops gathering speed at 193 mph (310 km/h).

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The new Mercedes-Benz SL Night Edition and SLK Grand Edition, these are the special latest editions of the SL roadster from the German manufacturer featuring a stylish interior with numerous sophisticated highlights.

The Mercedes SL Night Edition comes with a special designo magno night black paint finish created exclusively for this edition. The SL Night Edition especially rides on 19-inch AMG five-spoke light-alloy wheels in a two-tone, high-gloss finish and features silver-painted front brake calipers. The SL Night Edition also comes with darkened headlamps and tail lights. The special roadster model is completed by a badge on the front wings that reveal its identity as a special Night Edition.

Inside, the new Mercedes SL Night Edition comes fitted with black nappa leather and chrome trim, thereby providing striking contrasts in the interior. The newly designed sears have arrow-shaped seams and silver-colored contrasting features while the steering wheel, shift lever and roof lining are in black.

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