New 2012 Mercedes SLK Breaks Down at Nürburgring

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK prototype smokes at Nurburgring
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK prototype smokes at Nurburgring

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK was spied testing at the Nürburgring. Not much testing was completed though because after only one lap the engine started giving out smoke. The car came to a complete stop on a section of the ‘Ring called Brünnchen. Thereafter one of the occupants leapt out of the car with a fire extinguisher and put out whatever was causing the smoke.

The mishap provided good photo opportunities for the spies. The SLK had been shot while on the way to the track, while on the track and then off it. Later on more pictures were taken outside the garage where the fire damage was being assessed by the driver and technicians.

It is speculated that for the first time in its history the SLK will also be offered with a turbo diesel engine. This is in addition to naturally aspirated and force-fed petrol ones, including a rumoured 350kW (476hp)-plus 3.5-litre twin turbo for the AMG version. The new SLK will be launched in 2012.


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wjaprep wjaprep
lol, how embrassing, oh well, thts why they have test cars, so they can fix everything.
Apr 8th, 2009 6:00am
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kimbo kimbo
lol nothing exciting here. That's why they're going to the Nurburgring to find out if there is anything that could fail. I remember watching a tv show about 6-series BMW, there was a problem with exhaust overheating during prototypes testing, same story with Audi - R8 V10 burned on nurbugring. like BabyMilo said, seriously, that's why they use test mules and protypes.. Just to get every problem out of a car during testing.
Apr 7th, 2009 8:22pm
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
this is why they have test mules, seriosuly
Apr 7th, 2009 7:15pm
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unknownuser unknownuser
Dose not metter they still busy testing
Apr 7th, 2009 5:21pm
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hell666 hell666
did they just drive it away? or was it towed?
Apr 7th, 2009 2:08pm
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dimeNickel dimeNickel
they were lucky it popped there
Apr 7th, 2009 11:54am
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NardoW12 NardoW12
hmmm....OWNED? they better fix all the big problems before the car actually goes on sale.
Apr 7th, 2009 8:47am
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i wonder why its still in testing and not being sold. BECAUSE ITS NOT COMPLETE! god..
Apr 7th, 2009 8:37am
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sub39h sub39h
i REALLY don't understand why they don't use the 6208cc AMG V8 in the new SLK... just like i never understood why they chose to use the N/A 5.4 litre AMG V8 this time around. what was wrong with the supercharged version? and can you IMAGINE how fast it would be? :D
Apr 7th, 2009 8:12am
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Zero Zero
Think in s business manner, and it should become clearer. The 5.4 litre supercharged version would then compete with the SL, which Mercedes wouldn't want happening. Thats why a superhcarged version never made it to the C class either. That much extra power would be corrupting, so to speak, because it would have a hard time getting it down onto the tarmac.
Apr 7th, 2009 9:21am
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
There are a couple of reasons for this, some more applicable at the time of the first launch of the R171 (slk55)in 2004 1) The 7g gearbox can't take the torque 2) They can't make slk55 faster sl55 3) To cope with that torque/power, it needs a LSD 4) The weight distribution is already front heavy 5) It will end up being a dragster rather than a sports convertible, the front axle is unlike the c63 and there is limited amount of grip to keep back from biting you. Nonetheless, I still would like to see a supercharged version :)
Apr 7th, 2009 4:25pm
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