The SLK R171 was a step up from the successful R170 with its newer and beefier power plants. It is not only slightly longer and wider, it also comes with an almost 50 percent increase in torsional rigidity with the roof down. Its interior is more up market and with the SLK55 AMG it offered the first V8 in its class. This 210-page book was last updated in March 2017 and tells the R171's complete story.

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How did it all begin 
History of the vario roof 
The SLK vario roof 
Trouble shooting the vario roof 
The SLK R171 
The engines 
M272 balance shaft issues 
The COMAND system
The option packages

The safety features
The SLK55 AMG
The SLK55 AMG Black Series 


First upgrades
The 2008 facelift
-  Body and interior
-  Revised engines
Model year 2011 changes
The special editions
The SLK55 AMG Asia Cup
The SLK320 CDI Tri-Turbo
Experiencing the SLK55 AMG
The sales performance

The Brabus SLK
Other tuners
-  Piecha

-  RENNtech
Choosing a used R171
-  The body

-  The wheels, brakes, exhaust
-  The roof
-  The engine, suspension
-  The transmission
-  The interior

The SLK’s VIN explained

The SLK’s data card with model code description
Today’s second hand car prices

Annualized production figures
Acceleration graphs
Color and interior choices
Technical specifications
The following videos are copied from youtube for your viewing pleasure. Some of them contain cars filmed by commercial vendors. I am not associated with them. The third video is in German, worth watching
Mercedes R171 AMG Video Mercedes R171 Test Video R171 Nürburgring Video

MERCEDES SLK R171

This book gives you all the facts about the R171 SLK200 - SLK55 AMG (2004 - 2011)