2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350

New face, new game.

It's hard to imagine, perhaps, but there was a time when the American roadster market had all but vanished. Not all that long ago, you had your choice of the Mazda Miata and, well, that was about it. Then, in a veritable blitz of new product, each of the high-line German automakers returned to the barren segment. Porsche rolled out the Boxster, BMW the Z3. And from the folks in Stuttgart came the SLK.

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