2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

Appealing to the responsible bad boy in you.

There are plenty of sports car models that started out well conceived, focused, and edgy, and over time lost their way. The Mercedes-Benz SLK is an exception. The outgoing '98-'04 version started out as a nice-looking roadster that from the start lacked the raw excitement and performance focus to be considered a sports car. With its original supercharged four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission, it was a little too soft, more of a tourer than a traditional roadster. Adding the later 3.2-liter V-6 or the AMG 5.5-liter V-8 gave it satisfying thrust but didn't make it any more of a sports car. But the redesigned '05 SLK introduces more of a sports-car edge.

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