Get to know the new car better with more pictures and the complete press release

WCF readers have already seen the facelifted Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class in many pictures and articles we have published, but since such a car deserves to be known in depth, here is another chance for you people to do so, with the complete press release and more images of this beautiful new roadster.

Mercedes-Benz has lately treated any change in its cars as if they were “new generations” and the facelifted Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a proof of that, just like the E-Class, back in 2006. Fact is a new generation car only comes with significant platform changes, and none of these cars has gone through any modification of this sort. Fortunately, the 2008 SLK has been treated by Mercedes-Benz as what it really is, a facelifted model.

This is no shame for the car, since it managed to get even better than the previous SLK. Among its improvements is the direct-steer system, an equipment Mercedes-Benz is really betting on, since all recent presentations, from the CLC-Class to the SL-Class, are offering it. Clearly trying to beat BMW in dynamics, the Sttutgart automaker gave its vehicles a variable steering ratio, what improves turning speed in corners and makes city parking maneuvers easier.

But there’s plenty more, such as a new high-revving 3.5-litre V6 (it reaches up to 7,200 rpm) delivering 305 hp, for the SLK 350, improved output for the SLK 200 Kompressor (184 hp) and general reduction in fuel consumption.

More than telling you about all the improvements the car has received (besides the visible ones), we invite you to read Mercedes-Benz information on this fantastic car. And to check out all the pictures, as it will take a while for the car to be seen on the streets.

Mercedes SLK Facelift: In Depth