The Mercedes-Benz SL roadsters have long dominated the market for open-top style and performance, but that has come at a price. Literally. The SL convertibles are very expensive, and the bosses at Daimler correctly saw that there was a market for a smaller, less expensive car that Mercedes-Benz could well fill. Thus was the 1994 Mercedes-Benz SLK born; SLK stands for ‘Sport, Light, Klein’ , or sporty, light and small, which is exactly what it was. It maintained a high level of technological ingenuity which have made the brands’ reputation, such as the retractable hard-top, but also the unparalleled level of build quality.
Of course, not everything about the SLK was completely awesome; it did have some other issues which prevented it from attaining perfection, but its good looks and relatively affordable price meant that its appeal was undiminished. I’m talking, of course, about the engine. The SLK was powered by a supercharged 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine, that developed 193 horsepower. It was good for a top speed of 142 miles per hour, and a 0-60 time of 7.5 seconds, hardly embarrassing numbers. The problem was that the engine was unexciting; it didn’t rev in a fun and exciting way, even though it would definitely get up there, and in certain markets, the SLK was only offered with the automatic transmission, which exacerbated the problem.
In the end, the 1994 Mercedes-Benz SLK was a fun convertible, and sold at a price people were willing to pay. Small inconveniences mattered little!