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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs. Its Competition

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Luxury convertibles are a mixed lot.

Some have hardtops, some are ragtops.

Some seat four (on paper, at least) and some are two-seaters.

The SLK's competition hits it from all these angles.

The BMW Z4 is right in its wheelhouse, and if anything, it's a little more evocative in its styling and its balanced performance.

The Porsche Boxster--and the hardtop Cayman version--are brilliant mid-engine performers with the steering and chassis dynamics of cars twice as expensive, and they're among our top choices in the segment.

For left-field alternatives, we'd look at the Infiniti G37 Convertible, a folding-hardtop affair with luxurious fittings and good, if not great, performance.

And reaching upward in price, there's always the suave Jaguar XK convertible, a pavement-rippling performer as a base coupe or convertible, or a throaty growler in supercharged XKR form.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class2012 BMW Z4 sDrive28i2012 BMW Z42012 Infiniti G37 Convertible2012 Infiniti G37 Convertible2012 Jaguar XKR2012 Jaguar XK2012 Porsche Boxster2012 Porsche Boxster2012 Porsche Cayman R2012 Porsche Cayman
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It may be the most pragmatic roadster of its kind, but the SLK 350 dares you to doubt its partying skills.
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The 2012 BMW Z4 is a great option for the driver seeking a balance of fun and comfort, making it a great light tourer, but it can quickly become expensive with added options.
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The Infiniti G37 Convertible doesn't suffer the usual styling compromises, but it's a little less exciting to drive than its Coupe cousin.
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How to tell if you're hopeless, when it comes to cars: take your pulse after looking at or driving the 2012 Jaguar XK.
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Stylish, fun, and capable, the 2012 Porsche Boxster is one of the best roadsters around.
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The 2012 Porsche Cayman is a potent mix of performance, comfort, and cargo space, and a leader in the sports car segment.
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Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas V8Gas Flat-6Gas Flat 6-Cyl
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2 SeaterTwo SeatersSubcompactMini-CompactTwo-SeaterTwo-Seater
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2-Door Roadster SLK2502-Door Roadster sDrive28i2-Door Base2-Door Coupe2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
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2 Door RoadsterConvertibleConvertibleCoupeConvertible2 Door Coupe
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