A stunning Mercedes-Benz SLK350 AMG Sport edition, retractable hardtop convertible, in the most desirable colour combination and with a host of premium options, presented in utterly superb condition.
At a glance:
2011 Mercedes Benz SLK350 AMG Sport edition BlueEFFICIENCY 3.5 litre V6 automatic
Full Mercedes Benz main dealer service history
Diamond white metallic
Black Nappa leather interior
3 private owners
The third generation of Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class (series R172) was launched in Stuttgart in January 2011, with a subsequent public launch at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show with international sales starting spring 2011. The design follows the themes of both the first and second generations, but incorporating headlamp design from the 190 SL roadster from the 1950s, and front end inspired by the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé. The petrol models included SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY, SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY, SLK 350 BlueEFFICIENCY.
The history of this car:
This car was first registered on the 9th September 2011 to a lady from Sunningdale and has had a further two owners since then.
With AMG bodystyling – front, rear aprons and side skirts – the SLK AMG Sport is a roadster that always sets the pulse racing. Its headlamps with dark surrounds and dark tinted tail lights lend an even more eye-catching look, and there are also striking 18" AMG alloy wheels as standard. What’s more, the SLK AMG Sport delivers extra driving thrills too, thanks to 10mm lower sports suspension, along with cross-drilled brake discs and ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering on the front calipers.
The exclusive SLK AMG Sport interior boasts eye-catching details such as red seat belts, AMG floor mats, and an instrument panel with a ‘chequered flag’ backplate. There’s also vertically fluted leather upholstery, with red top-stitching for the seats, steering wheel and gear shift gaiter. The sports steering wheel also features perforated leather trim in the grip area plus steering wheel shift paddles for automatic models.
The interior is full of leather, brushed aluminium and soft surfaces and the seats are reassuringly supportive. A decent range of adjustability means you’ll have little trouble finding a comfortable driving position from the black leather heated seats and Mercedes’ ‘Airscarf’ system, which blows warm air through a vent in the seat directly behind the driver or passenger’s neck to stop you getting too frozen if the weather turns unexpectedly chilly when the roof’s down. It also has the option ‘Airguide’ wind deflectors fitted.
Also fitted with the ‘Panoramic Vario Roof’ – a glass panel in the folding metal roof to allow more light into the cabin. Along with parking sensors, hands-free phone set-up and Mercedes’ ‘COMAND’ media system with sat-nav and digital radio. Even when the metal roof is stowed there’s still space for a few decent sized bags in the boot. With the roof up, there’s a very large boot space.
Standard specification was as follows:
Satellite Navigation, Leather, Bluetooth Connectivity, Heated Seats, Led Running Lights, Cruise Control, Electric Folding Mirrors, Parking Distance Control - Front and Rear, Xenon Headlamps, Climate Control, Paddleshift, Electric Hood, Alloy Wheels 18", Air Conditioning, Auto Headlights, DAB Digital Radio, USB Interface, Multi Functional Steering Wheel, Electric Front Windows, Remote Central Locking.
Plus, optional extras as follows - Designo Seat Belts - Red, Designo Single-Tone Leather Upholstery, COMAND Online System with Int. 6-Disc CD Changer, Heated Front Seats, Cup Holders, Airscarf - Neck Level Heating, Standard Features - Sat Nav ready - Becker unit required, Upholstery - Leather, Steering Column - Manually Adjustable for Height and Reach, Sports seats, Sports Steering Wheel - Flattened Lower Section, Space - Saver Spare Wheel - Steel, Remote Central Locking, Parking aid, Multi - Function Steering Wheel - Controls Audio and Onboard Settings with Gear Shift Paddles, Leather seats, High - Level Third Brake Light - LED, Heated seats, Electric Windows (2), Door Mirrors - Electrically Adjustable and Heated, Cruise control, CD Player, Audio 20 Radio - 5.8in Colour Display, Integrated 6 - Disc CD Changer (MP3 Compatible), Airbags - Dual - Stage, Driver, 3 - Spoke Nappa Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel, 18in AMG Alloy Wheels (4) - 5 - Spoke Design with (Front 235/40 Tyres and Rear 255/35 Tyres) and Locking Wheel Bolts.
This car has covered 49,995 miles since 2011, which equates to roughly 8,300 miles per year.
Full and up to date Mercedes-Benz Main Dealer service history.
On the road:
These cars drive magnificently as you would expect, with purpose, poise and precision. They hold the road very well, the steering is dynamic and precise, the ride is sporty without being uncomfortable and it feels like a proper sports car with masses of power available whenever required. The gearbox is intuitive and always seems to find the right gear for any conditions whether roof down cruising, or when you need to press on. During every trip the soundtrack from the V6 is sublime, making every journey a special occasion.
Under the bonnet is a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with 306bhp and a hefty
370Nm of torque. It's the most powerful SLK you can buy other than the standalone hot-rodded SLK55 AMG model. Straight-line performance is impressive: it doesn’t hang about. The 350’s official 0-62mph time is 5.6 seconds and from behind the wheel it feels like it would be entirely achievable. Top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. The rapid acceleration is accompanied by an entertaining soundtrack too – the V6’s exhaust note really is mighty.
The latest version of 7-speed automatic transmission (7G-Tronic Plus) is fitted as standard on the SLK350 BlueEFFICIENCY. It ensures the engine is always operating at the optimum speed, delivers faster, smoother shifts and provides better acceleration, even skipping gears in kickdown for more rapid overtaking. One of the key improvements for 7G-Tronic Plus is the addition of a new-generation torque converter that delivers even sportier throttle responses, greater durability, lower noise levels and significantly improved efficiency. The 302bhp goes to the rear wheels via this wonderful seven-speed automatic gearbox – there’s no manual option. It shifts smoothly and has three selectable modes: Economy, which changes up relatively early to save fuel; Sport which holds the gears for longer and kicks down more readily; and Manual, where the driver can choose their own gear via paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.
The car will be supplied with a brand new MOT at the time of sale.
The car is in superb condition with unmarked paintwork, immaculate interior and newly refurbished alloy wheels. You would be hard pressed to find a single blemish on the car, as it appears in as good condition as when it rolled off the production line. The condition suggest that this car has been cherished and pampered, backed up by the full main dealer service history.
The host of options on this car inflated the original price from a little over £44,000 to nearer £50,000. They hold their value very well, and now represent exceptional value for money for such excellent build quality, power, performance and joy of ownership. The car is priced attractively at £17,950
This car is an absolute pleasure to own and enjoy. Incredibly well engineered, with so many great features, it never ceases to amaze. It was a huge step forward from the previous model, which was fine car in its own right. It’s perfect for making the most of sunny days but due to the clever roof, it really is an all year round sports car. The SLK in 350 guise it’s not only arrestingly quick but makes a lovely noise, too.
I’m not sure you will find a better sportscar that does everything so brilliantly well.