Registered 2009 SLK200
In ten years time anything could happen engine wise id imagine most be hybrid or full on electric or a little 1.4 cc engine with the boost of electrics thrown in .If they ever put a v6 in it, or figure out how to make a 4 cylinder sound like anything but a vacuum cleaner, I might be on board for the coupe version in 10 years give or take. They can keep that soft top nonsense.
It seems everything we use is bad diesel fumes bad pollutingYeah I hear ya. More's the pity. And those electric batteries arent exactly environmentally friendly but no one wants to discuss that. The future for enthusiasts is bleak.
Totally agree, a Rag Top two seater roadster wouldn't work for Me.... :frown:As has been said before, likely to be a fixed roof coupe or a fabric roof convertible, like the Boxster & Cayman options.
No retractable metal or glass roof- too heavy and expensive...
Buy your SLC before production stops!
the batteries that power electric cars (and hybrids, for that matter) can be recycled. For decades, the few electric vehicles that were on the road were powered by lead-acid batteries. The latest models, with their lighter weight and longer range, use lithium-ion batteries, just like laptops and cell phones. In either case, the batteries that power electric cars can be recycled.Sure the electric cars wont spit out immediate pollution, but long term there is very little planning for wtf to do with those batteries at the end of their life cycle. We will have hundreds of millions of battery banks from these cars with no feasible means to recycle or dispose of them. Not as bad as nuclear waste material, but orders of magnitude larger in masse. Get ready for some eco disasters if we dont figure out what to do with them.
Interesting BMW weight comparison.Rag tops seems to be the way forward for environmental reasons to reduce the weight. Few manufacturers produce metal folding roofs now. The BMW 4 series metal folding roof convertible is 245Kg heavier than the coupe and half a second slower. I still prefer metal over fabric though. I had a new VW Eos 10 years ago which had a brilliant folding metal roof with a built in sunroof which could open and tilt and had a sliding sun blind, amazing. Sadly it was ditched by VW after a few years for being a bit leaky and squeaky! regular application of gummi pflege sorted that out though!
Can I quote myself?So as the end of 2018 races towards us, the R172 is now close to 8 years old. A predicted 2020 date for its softtop replacement is the gossip.
That means serious design decisions were made a couple of years ago, and running prototypes would now exist.
These maybe “mules”, R172s with R173 engines and running gear, maybe suspension systems. But R173 preproduction cars can’t be far away.
Historically M-B seems to only provide details and maybe disguised photos about six months prior to the on-sale date, am I right?
But we should expect some jouno’s spy photos in 2019.
Might there be an optional removable hardtop a least?
Lets not overlook how bad it is to mine the materials for those batteries. Or the diesel burned in ships to transport those materials... Electric cars are for people who want to feel good about what they are doing in their tiny little bubble.Sure the electric cars wont spit out immediate pollution, but long term there is very little planning for wtf to do with those batteries at the end of their life cycle. We will have hundreds of millions of battery banks from these cars with no feasible means to recycle or dispose of them. Not as bad as nuclear waste material, but orders of magnitude larger in masse. Get ready for some eco disasters if we dont figure out what to do with them.