Pricing details for Mercedes-Benz’s SLK 55 AMG have been announced. This model, which is regarded as the most powerful SLK ever built, has a road price of £54,950. It is equipped with a new, naturally aspirated, direct-injection version of AMG’s 5.5-litre V8 engine, which drives power through the rear wheels via a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission.
The new V8 engine has an output of 421hp at 6,800rpm and 540Nm of torque at 4,500rpm, enabling the vehicle to achieve a 0-62mph acceleration time of only 4.6 seconds to reach a limited top speed of 155mph.
What’s amazing is that fuel economy and CO2 emissions are lower by 30%. This was achieved by installing AMG’s Cylinder Management System comparable to what’s used on the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 engines. This deactivates two cylinders on each bank of the V8 when the car is operating on light throttle loads.
In addition, an ECO stop/start system has been fitted so that the SLK 55 AMG doesn’t use fuel and has no CO2 emissions when it is not moving in traffic. It has a combined fuel economy of 33.6mpg and its CO2 emissions level is only at 195g/km. This engine is mated to the seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, which has three intelligent modes - Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M).
What is offered as standard on the SLK 55 AMG is the AMG sports suspension featuring Torque Vectoring Brake and the AMG Direct-Steer system. Hence, it easily offers the agility and high levels of lateral grip that performance-oriented drivers demand as well as the long-distance ride comfort that is expected from all Mercedes-Benz models.
The SLK 55 AMG has the classic long bonnet and short tail roadster measurements in addition to the SLS-inspired design of the newest SLK. In addition, the interior comes with exclusive AMG styling and SLS-inspired trim.