The SLK250 gets its spunk from a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 201 horsepower. You can go with the standard six-speed manual transmission or select a seven-speed automatic.
The SLK250 carries enough standard equipment to put it firmly in luxury territory. All examples get automatic wipers, heated power-folding mirrors, dual power seats with lumbar adjustment and driver memory, aluminum interior trim, a power tilt/telescope steering wheel and an eight-speaker sound system with HD radio. Interiors can be spiffed up with two available grades of leather and walnut or ash wood trim.
Beyond all that content, you have a healthy selection of option packages:
- Premium: Gets you remote roof activation, heated seats, Harman Kardon surround sound with satellite radio and an iPod interface, and the AirScarf neck-level heating system.
- Dynamic Handling: Outfits the SLK with an adjustable suspension and beefier brakes.
- Sport: Includes AMG wheels, sportier styling touches and red interior lighting.
- Multimedia: Adds navigation, a larger in-dash touchscreen, voice controls, a six-CD changer and Mercedes-Benz's COMAND electronics interface.
- Distronic Plus: Bundles adaptive cruise control with a sophisticated collision mitigation system known as PreSafe.
- Lighting: Adds adaptive bi-xenon headlamps with washers.
Available separately is Magic Sky Control, an interesting feature that electrically adjusts the tint on the glass roof panel.