The Mercedes Benz SLK is and always has been the pied-a-terre of the company's lineup.
Since its inception in 1996, this two-seat, hardtop convertible has been a smaller, less practical place than one's main residence. It was good for little more than a languid weekend with one's spouse or perhaps a means of rewarding a mistress or offspring still attached to your purse or heartstrings.
For 2012, Mercedes remodeled its bantam roadster to such a degree that Ty Pennington would be proud. The resulting SLK350 is an impeccably well-rounded package that asserts its sportiness rather than merely hinting at it.
This effort is a little overdue. Previous SLKs had a...