Despite selling pretty well over the course of 14 years and two generations, the role of the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class seems to be almost constantly shifting. The first generation car seemed to be cast as a (relatively) affordable style leader rather than a pure performance car (The take-it-or-leave-it supercharged four-banger/automatic trans combo of the early examples lends credence to this theory.), while the second generation SLK seemed to forsake the trust fund beauty school student market and try to attract more driving enthusiasts by way of peppier engines and sharper steering and suspension tuning.
Now, though, the third generation SLK has been unveiled, and a quick perusal of the spec sheets indicate it can be one, the other or a little of both depending on your preference. But the driving dynamics take a back seat to one optional technology that should impress all but your most jaded neighbors.