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Vehicle: 06 SLK55 Caspian Blue
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There were no 2004 SRT6 Crossfires. They were only in general production for one year, 2005, about 2,000 coupes and 900 roadsters were built. And then in 2006 a small handful were made on "special order only". The 06's are very rare.
And they can be made very fast, very cheaply. They can easily be as fast or faster than an SLK55 because of the conservative forced induction from the factory and a 3,200 lb curb weight. For about $600 and 20 minutes of work, you can change out the supercharger pulley. For another $1,000 and a couple of hours of work, you can improve breathing on the intake side. And then for about $500 you can have someone like EuroCharged apply a tune to the engine. You end up with just over 400 hp and 390 lb/ft of torque in a car with 3,200 lbs to haul around and bigger tires than an SLK55. All for around $2,000 and very little time. Personally, I think Daimler/Chrysler's swan song for the R170 platform (in coupe form) was a better car than the SLK32. The 5 speed automatic was bulletproof. None of the problems the 7G-Tronic is famous for.
What you'll never get rid of unfortunately is a very dated interior and a ragtop with a glass rear window that's guaranteed to come unglued. And the recirculating ball steering while not as horrible as the press made it out to be is not as good as the R171 or R172 rack. I had a coupe and I loved the hatch configuration. I miss being able to reach over the seat and grab my sunglasses from my backpack while underway. But not nearly as much as I missed being able to put the top down while driving the SRT6 coupe.