Mercedes kills the manual with the 2016 SLK300
You can no longer buy a Mercedes with a manual.
A Mercedes-Benz with a manual transmission is officially a thing of the past with the introduction of the company's 2016 model year lineup.
The SLK250 was the lone manual hold out in the Mercedes lineup, but that model is gone for the 2016, and so too its row-it-yourself option. Entry-level buyers will now have to make do with the SLK300 and its standard nine-speed automatic transmission.
The news isn't all bad, however, as the SLK300 receives a more powerful version of Mercedes' 2.0L turbocharged engine. Horsepower grows by 40 to 241 while torque now stands at 272 lb-ft, up 43 lb-ft compared to the outgoing SLK250.
That extra grunt does come at a cost. Whereas the 2015 SLK250 carried a base price of $43,950, the SLK300 will have a starting MSRP of $47,000 when it hits dealer showrooms this July.
Mercedes's SLK350 and SLK55 AMG models will also see a price hike for 2016. The V6-powered SLK350 will retail from $59,200 — up $2,000 compared to last year — while the SLK55 AMG will set buyers back an additional $1,700 at $72,600. The 2016 SLK350 and SLK55 AMG are also slated to land in mid-July.