Please contact our support team for help. Thank you! Our engineers will investigate your issue. Incident Number: 18.5e9b7b5c.7984e90. Disable the stability control, vector the SLKs nose into a tight corner while dabbing the brakes, and the back end whips around in a decisive, easily controlled manner. Our test car came equipped with the optional Dynamic Handling package (990 which includes adaptive dampers with. Jerry Springer. Unlike Jerry's guests, though, the wheel speaks clearly, predictably, and without anger. View Photos View Photos 1 2 3 Next Page Highs, Lows, and Verdict Highs: Powerful, free-revving engine; harmonious exhaust note; gratifying shifter; baby-SLR styling; improved dynamics. One of One, with Six Speeds. To put the SLK250s position in the loneliest of light, it should be mentioned that not only is every other Mercedes-Benz sold in America automatic-only, but so, too, is the entire high-performance AMG lineup. The conventional wisdom has always been that Mercedes reluctantly developed light and sloppy manual gearboxes for taxi drivers instead of enthusiasts. Clearly, that notion can be put to pasture as the SLK's gearbox is good enough to make everyone happy. In more sedate scenarios, the SLK tries mightily to impersonate its. SL-class sibling. It only partially succeeds. It might share much of its aesthetic with the SLminus that cars awkward detailing and odd proportionsbut the SLK lacks a good measure of its bigger brothers luxury. The all-new dohc 3.5-liter V-6 showcases linear power delivery, making it the most pleasant to drive in a civil manner. Unfortunately, because it's carrying a formidable 3280-lb. load, the entire car feels heavy when trying to toss it through a tight corner or build up. The previous SLK's 185-hp, 2.3-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine never sounded this good. Its engine beat out a sound that was more popcorn popper than sports car. Exhaust tuning was clearly not a priority on the first SLK, although the later six-cylinder model improved matters significantly.