CATS Motors, Inc. Launches All-New SLK Roadster

CATS Motors, Inc. Launches All-New SLK Roadster image

Text: / Photos: | posted June 12, 2004 00:00

CATS Motors, Inc. recently introduced the all-new Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster at its showroom at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The exciting new SLK Roadster continues the Mercedes-Benz tradition of producing excellent and desirable open-top cars.

The SLK is the global number one in its market segment, and it serves as a symbol for the new, dynamic brand image of Mercedes-Benz. The previous model enjoyed sustained high demand until the end of its production, and this helped the SLK earn the highest retained value of any modern sports car.

This car is still unique in the premium compact roadster segment in having a fully automatic retractable metal roof. With the metal roof up, the SLK is as secure and comfortable as any conventional coupe. The car can then be enjoyed in any weather. Yet, with the push of a button, it converts to an even more seductive roadster. The roof takes only twenty-two seconds to retract into the bodywork. Even with the roof down, highly rigid body structure resists the flexing and vibration usually exhibited by convertibles.

The SLK 200 Kompressor features the unique Twinpulse generation of four-cylinder engines, which offer further advances in terms of power, torque, smoothness and fuel consumption. The TWINPULSE system brings together various technologies, such as a supercharger, balancer shafts, an intercooler, variably adjustable camshafts and four-valve technology. Power is 163hp and maximum torque is 240 Nm at 3000 rpm. 0-100 km/h is 7.9 seconds, with a top speed of 230 km/h. The 200 Kompressor is equipped with a five-speed automatic gearbox with steering wheel shift control.

The chassis for the new SLK has a sporty set-up and differs from the outgoing model with its newly developed three-link front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and an even more effective braking system. Mercedes engineers have carried out detailed modifications to the multi-link independent rear suspension and adapted it to the larger track width. The SLK 200 Kompressor comes as standard with 17-inch light-alloy wheels with sports suspension. Brakes have been enlarged for better stopping performance.

The SLK driving environment is comfortable cockpit for two persons. The cabin is quiet and feels secure. Every switch and control is easily accessible. The large, sport gauges placed directly in front of the driver enhance the SLK experience. Leather seats and metal trim are standard, as well as a premium CD sound system.

ESP«, the Electronic Stability Program, is at the heart of all dynamic handling control systems. It reduces the risk of skidding and keeps the SLK safely on track. When needed, the system activates the brakes and manages the engine torque to stabilize the vehicle even when it is skidding due to extreme driving maneuvers or adverse road surface conditions, such as heavy rain.

Active bi-xenon headlamps help ensure maximum visibility, allowing the driver to see farther ahead when cornering.

The new SLK is one of the safest sports cars available today. Its protection for the two occupants consists of front driver and passenger airbags, with two-stage inflation, depending on the severity of a collision; and newly developed head/thorax sidebags, which are located in the backrests of the seats.

The bodyshell structure of the new SLK-Class also offers occupants greater safety reserves than the predecessor model. The new model features larger crumple zones in the front and rear. Roll-over protection consists of the rollbars behind the seats and the high-strength, A-pillar composite structure.

Mercedes-Benz employed the roof-drop test, in which the body is dropped onto its roof at a slight angle from a height of fifty centimeters. The vehicle lands with its full weight on one of the two A-pillars, which may only deform slightly if the vehicle is to pass the test. And the new SLK-Class came through this roof-drop test with flying colors.

The powerful, generously-equipped all-new SLK 200 Kompressor is competitively priced at PHP3,950,000.