Restyled Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster arrives

It may be winter but some motorists are already thinking ahead to spring, the hope of long balmy summer days and the pleasure of open-top, wind-in-the-hair motoring. Please don't wake me up yet.

Anyway, one model that would certainly fit into that picture is the restyled Mercedes-Benz two-seater SLK Roadster, versions of which are arriving about now.

First launched in 1996, followed by a second generation in 2005, the SLK Roadster is a familiar sight on Irish roads.

In its new form, it has been given a more pronounced arrow-shaped front and diffuser-style rear. Its modified interior includes a new three-spoke steering wheel and instrument cluster. Enhanced audio and telematics systems provide better in-car entertainment.

Available in four-cylinder and six-cylinder versions, all engines are more economical and emit lower levels of CO2. Prices start at €52,970 ex works. An AMG version also heads the new line-up.

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