2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK350
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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