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Spy Shots: #145;05 Benz SLK by Brenda Priddy (3/10/2003)

We#146;ve seen lots of 2005 SLK pictures, but these are the first confirmed AMG images. The giveaway is shown in the rear view, where four exhaust tips are clearly seen (and no one could mistake the sound of the engine during its getaway). This AMG version is said to be pushing 375 horsepower with its 3.0-liter V-6 and six-speed #147;speedshift#148; transmission.

Insiders tell us both length and wheelbase will be stretched about four inches, with interior width also expanding slightly. The roof is said to fold in a more compact space, which permits a bigger luggage compartment.

Built on the shortened floorpan of the current C-Class, the new SLK will be offered again with a wide range of engines, starting with a 1.8-liter 190-horsepower four-cylinder, a 211-horsepower 2.2-liter V-6 and a 258-horsepower 2.7-liter V-6, followed by the AMG 3.0-liter V-6 with 375 hp. In addition, we expect the new electro-hydraulic SBC (Sensotronic braking) to be offered, as well as a multi-function steering wheel controls, and the optional COMAND II system.

The 2005 SLK is expected to debut at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show in March, and at dealerships as early as a year from now, in May 2004.

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