Small, fast, excellent handling, two seats, convertible, small boot, driven just to drive....
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck....
If one is to quibble about anything, it might be all the comforts in the cars. Stereo surround sound, adjustable seats, GPS, etc. Is it still a sports car? But ask yourself, if a pick-up truck has all these same comforts, is it still a pick-up truck?
I see the SL cars as grand tourers (NOT sports cars). SLKs are sports cars. If you can put a baby behind the seats (or even think you can), it isn't a sports car.
If you ever think of such a car as a workable family car, it isn't a sports car.
I offer as proof that the SLK is a sports car from a person who knows the difference.... My Lady.
La Bęte is:
-Too low to the ground to get comfortably in and out of.
-Too scarily to ride-in when I am driving (note this is not true when she is driving).
-She can't get all the groceries in the car.
-It messes up her hair.
-Takes the long way to her destination whenever she drives.
-Loves Hoss (her GLK 350) because it isn't a sports car but drives almost like one.
-Offers Hoss for me to drive when it is snowing (of course, I reject such an offer. After all, sports cars are practical daily drivers to me).
The things she hasn't said about La Bęte which she did say all the time about the Jags:
-I can't put the top up by herself.
-It is so hard to turn the steering wheel.
There is a difference between muscle cars and sports cars. A Corvette is a muscle car. I don't know if the boot is large enough to qualify as grand tourer.
Just my thoughts