Experts were also very impressed with the return of compressor turbocharging, which Mercedes-Benz had included in the compact SLK model series. It enabled the four-cylinder engine to develop a sporty output with economical fuel consumption and emission values. The four-cylinder unit used in the SLK R 171 model series, which followed in 2004, was also a compressor engine.
The road along the coast of Liguria is an experience in itself. Motorists driving from Nice towards Sanremo who choose the coastal route experience Liguria from its most impressive side. The sea and the mountains literally collide with one another, ensuring that typically spring-like, fertile climate that gives the coast its wealth of flowers and herbs. For centuries, the inhabitants lived from the vegetables they grew, olive oil, and of course, from fishing.