2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI: Fuel-Efficient Roadster

By Joel Arellano | August 18, 2011
Leave it to the Germans to build a fuel-efficient sports car with a simple swap of engines. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI looks like the rest of its two-seater convertible siblings: gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Mercedes, however, worked its magic and replaced the petrol gas engine with a diesel version. The result—the  2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI—can bolt from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, has a top speed of 151 mph, but gets 48 miles per gallon. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK diesel achieves this combination of power and range through precise injection of fuel into the 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine, and two turbos to maximize the fuel. The engine also shuts down at stops to conserve fuel as a standard feature. The Mercedes-Benz SLK diesel engine comes standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Otherwise, Mercedes made no additional changes to the Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI which, like its siblings, can be optioned with Mercedes' all-new glass-darkening Magic Sky Control roof.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI goes on sale in Europe starting next month. We have not heard, at the time of this writing, if Mercedes has any plans to bring the Mercedes-Benz SLK diesel to the U.S. market. Source: Mercedes-Benz