For the first time on our #startupmonday segment, we feature a supercharged car. Considering there are few supercharged cars compared to turbocharged cars, it should be no surprise then, that our feature car this week is a car from the marque of the Three-Pointed Star.
What you’re looking at, is Merc’s second-generation R171 SLK, which was first unveiled at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. It is a strict two-seater with a folding hard-top. The three letters in its name designates Sportlich (Sporty), Leicht (Light), and Kurz (Compact). The R171 model was replaced by the third-generation R172 model, which carries the SLC designation to keep with Mercedes’ nomenclature, with a range of updated engine offerings.
The R171 model life-cycle saw several iterations: SLK 200, SLK 280, SLK 300, SLK 350, and a top-of-the-line SLK 55 AMG and SLK 55 AMG Black Series. The base models featured a 1.8-litre supercharged mill, then a 3.0-litre and 3.5-litre naturally aspirated powerplant gave motivation to the SLK 280/300/350 models, while the full-fat AMG models carried a 5.5-litre V8 which, in its highest state of tune, belched out 400 PS and 520 Nm, good for a 4.5 seconds century sprint.
What we have however is the SLK 200 face-lift, and while the engine remained the same 1.8 supercharged lump, was tuned for more power: 184 PS (+19 PS) and 240 Nm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic box and with power being sent to the rears, good to complete the sprint in under 8.0 seconds.
Compared against most of the other cars that you’ve seen in our weekly segment, you’ll notice a distinct whine from the SLK 200 – a characteristic of any supercharger. What do you think of it compared to the other turbocharged cars we’ve featured in the past?
By the way, next week will be the final #startupmonday for 2018 and we’re letting our readers decide what they want to see uploaded. You get to choose between a Toyota Supra A80 or a Nissan Skyline GT-R R32; so click on this link to cast your votes!