Merc hogs spot­light

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HE Mercedes Benz SLK 350 had me at hello. It is stylish, sleek and oozes cool.

I thought I’d im­press my mum while she was vis­it­ing from Syd­ney by pick­ing her up from Dar­win Air­port in the SLK 350.

TThat was a bad move. Let’s just say she ac­knowl­edged the car and its fea­tures be­fore she did me.

It was child ne­glect in its purest form.

So feel­ing aban­doned, alone and fright­ened, I pressed a but­ton in the SLK 350 while still sta­tion­ary and the elec­tric hard-top roof con­ve­niently som­er­saulted into the boot with min­i­mal fuss.

The coupe-like sil­hou­ette trans­formed into a sun­drenched road­ster and we were off to a glam­orous start.

Un­der the bon­net is an in­vig­o­rat­ing 200 kW 3.5 litre V-6 petrol en­gine that is su­per re­spon­sive and eas­ily ca­pa­ble of down­ing the 0-100km/h sprint in well un­der six sec­onds.

Get­ting there is not all about the sen­sa­tion of quick ac­cel­er­a­tion, the noise of the dual ex­hausts growl­ing at the throt­tle pres­sure is spine-tin­gling.

With the wind in our hair (ac­cord­ing to my mum, it did min­i­mal dam­age to her much-loved bob) and the alu­minium ped­als at my feet it was time to give the SLK 350 a run for its money.

The eye-catch­ing beauty is not for the faint-hearted.

With a RRP of $140,642, it’s also not for the poor.

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