C 111-II D: forerunner to the modern performance diesel engine.
Sports cars with diesel engines have a long tradition at Mercedes-Benz.
With the new SLK 250 CDI, Mercedes-Benz has proved to impressive effect that diesel engines and sports cars are not mutually exclusive. The four-cylinder diesel engine in Roadster generates 150 kW (204 hp) from a displacement of just 2.2 litres, and gives the two-seater its sporty character. Fuel consumption (combined): 5.0 - 4.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions (combined): 132-128 g/km*
Diesel engines have a long tradition at the world's oldest automotive manufacturer. With the diesel engine in the SLK, Mercedes-Benz is continuing a successful strategy which started back in 1936 with the 260 D model – the world's first passenger car to be fitted with a diesel engine.
In the mid-1970s, the legendary C 111-II D and C 111-III demonstrated what at the time was the unimagined performance potential of this powerful engine. The new Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI is therefore the logical consequence of these illustrious ancestors.