Introduced for the 1998 model year, the Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 was a compact two-seat hardtop convertible with a supercharged engine. While Mercedes continued to market SLK-series automobiles into the second decade of the new millennium -- in 2010 the automaker was readying its 2011 models, the first year of the SLK's third generation -- 2004 was the last year of production for the SLK 230.
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The 2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 featured a 2.3 litre, 16-valve inline-four-cylinder engine. The 192-horsepower supercharged engine had a maximum torque rating of 200 pound-feet at 2,500rpm. The compact convertible's 0-to-60-mph acceleration time was clocked at 7.2 seconds.
The SLK 230's 15.9-gallon fuel tank required premium unleaded fuel. The vehicle's EPA fuel economy estimates were 19mpg in city driving, 26mpg on the highway and 21 combined.
The 2004 SLK 230 came standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The sports car also featured four-wheel independent suspension, driver and passenger side air bags, speed-sensitive volume control, performance tires and stability control.
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