Spy shots

Mercedes SLK

All-new mk3 Mercedes Benz SLK roadster is spied undergoing tests

Mercedes is out testing its third generation SLK roadster. The current model has been with us five years now, launching in 2004. However it received a few tweaks last year to bring it up to date, meaning an all-new version is a while off yet. A 2011 launch seems probable, the mk2 echoing the original SLK's seven-year lifespan.

It's tricky to tell what the changes will be, the model in these pictures being a heavily disguised early testing mule. From what can be seen of the front end, though, and especially the headlights, it looks like the new SLK could be little plainer than the current car. Whereas the mk2 SLK is noted for its F1-influenced front grille and pointed snout, the new roadster looks like it will be more akin to the C-class with its square jaw and bigger lights. The side mirrors look more boxy, too, and are door mounted.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Engines wise, the range is likely to be similar to the current one, kicking off with an entry-level four-pot offering around 180bhp and topping out with a ballsy AMG version. However this may differ from the current, 355bhp V8 SLK55 and be more in tune with AMG's new cleaner attitude. The tuning firm has announced it is taking itself out of the German horsepower wars with higher bhp per litre figures and more efficient performance the goal. The all-new SLK AMG could be one of the first cars to benefit.

You can read about the Long-term Mercedes SLK350 on the evo Fast Fleet.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/mercedes/202762/volkswagen-golf-r-vs-mercedes-amg-a35-business-class-hot-hatchbacks-face-off
Mercedes

Volkswagen Golf R vs Mercedes-AMG A35 – business class hot hatchbacks face-off

17 Jun 2020
Visit/mercedes/202756/mercedes-amg-to-launch-new-eturbo-tech-on-next-generation-performance-models
Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG to launch new eTurbo tech on next-generation performance models

17 Jun 2020
Visit/aston-martin/202655/mercedes-amg-boss-to-take-control-of-aston-martin
Aston Martin

Mercedes-AMG boss to take control of Aston Martin

26 May 2020
Visit/mercedes/202269/2021-mercedes-amg-gt73-4-door-hybrid-spied-testing
Mercedes

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT73 4-Door hybrid spied testing

20 Feb 2020
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/bmw/m4/22869/new-2020-bmw-m4-throws-off-more-disguise-ahead-of-reveal
BMW M4

New 2020 BMW M4 throws off more disguise ahead of reveal

BMW’s next M4 coupe promises much, but will it deliver? Here’s everything we know so far
7 Aug 2020
Visit/bugatti/21646/new-bugatti-divo-deliveries-begin-ps44m-hypercar-hits-the-road
Bugatti

New Bugatti Divo deliveries begin - £4.4m hypercar hits the road

The very first examples of Bugatti’s Divo hypercar have rolled out of its Molsheim HQ gates
7 Aug 2020
Visit/best-cars/15315/best-cars-to-buy-for-ps20000-evo-garage
Best cars

Best cars to buy for £20,000 – evo garage

The evo team pick their favourite used performance cars
4 Aug 2020
Visit/ferrari/202965/ferrari-f40-vs-288-gto-turbocharged-icons-go-head-to-head
Ferrari

Ferrari F40 vs 288 GTO - turbocharged icons go head-to-head

Today's turbocharged Ferraris deliver a smooth hit; the 288 GTO and F40 thrilled with a much wilder ride 
5 Aug 2020