1999 S320,modified grille area,and cold air intake,wrapped exhaust manifold,wrapped air duct,cold air,ceramic pads,no cats,
Borla exhaust 1983 300 SD Mobil One ATF, an 5w40 oil both cars
Drives: SL 65 AMG, Porsche 911 (993), 2011 Prius 5, 2013 Toyota Highlander Limited
More models = more sales if the price points are spread far enough apart......all mainstream manufacturers do it.......that is why we have sweet BBQ, vinegar BBQ, smoky BBQ and spicy BBQ sauces........different strokes for different folks.....
For previous post, I thought the national gay car brand/model was the Subaru Outback not the SLK?
If the design is not based on that 11-year-old concept, but more of a back-to-basics driver's car, then I like it. Make it with manual everything, from the windows down to the transmission, with impeccable MB build quality, and you may have some takers, MB! This should definitely not aim to be a mini SLK or SL, but blaze a trail its own.
In terms of appearance, I would choose the TT hands down (heck, I would prefer almost any current roadster or small convertible - even the Mitsu Eclipse Spyder, and I really don't like its looks), but FWD? They do know that even the base TT convertible has AWD, right? I think it would need to significantly undercut the TT in price if they hope to sell more than just a few units.
Having been a Mercedes fanantic for over fifty years ..'55 300SL, '69 250C, '73 450 SLC, '83 380SL, '94 SL500, '92 400E, '01 430CLK, '80 SLC 5.0 Factory Rally Coupe (1576), and now a '03 SL500/AMG, and '07 CLK 550 ..Have loved the make since Moss and group kicked butt in the '55 MM (even have a model of his W198S and would sell my soul for Fangios' Aluminum W198)..BUT - this thing belongs in the stall with the 30s rear engine MB !
Must concur with the other guys ... IF they insist on FWD ..at least make it look like a MB... else do NOT mount a STAR on it anywhere !
It needs to be rebranded (I.e., smart). Big improvement on smart gmbh but truly giant steps backward for mercedes. It looks like a car from back to the future. Unfortunately, that was the '80s idea of future.
This has to be a joke. First of all the concept is 11 years old. Second of all isn't the SLK already the entry level (wanna-be SL) roadster? Plus the cabrio Smart has the bottom of the barrel market covered. So where exactly would this thing fit in?
What they need is a drop top CL to compete with the Aston Martin DB9. Not this bottom feeder. Are you listening MB?
Last edited by CLK Operator; 09-14-2011 at 05:41 PM.