2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG UK price

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 19, 2012

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.

Exterior Design

Going to the exterior, one can immediately see that while it does have the design qualities associated with the AMG, it remains to have proportions similar to the classic roadster. These two qualities, plus the fact that the exterior shows a little of the SLS AMG, serve as the visual highlights of this new offering.

In addition to the long hood, the 2012 SLK55 AMG also has a fresh rear section and a greenhouse that has been placed rearward. Even with these features, the design team made sure to complement it through the use of the usual style the AMG is known for not only for the front and rear but the sides as well.

The fenders in the front for instance have vent grilles and with the chrome-plated fins, remind one not only of the SLS AMG but of the celebrated 300 SL Roadster released during the 1950s as well. Just below the grilles, one can see the "V8 AMG" badge which emphasizes that what makes it different from the rest of the SLK series is the 8-cylinder unit.

Still on the front section, there are large air inlets on the apron plus the AMG-specific daytime running lights which use LED. In the middle of the radiator grill is the Mercedes star, a style clearly inspired by the SLS AMG. Much like the SLK55 AMG, the lower cross strut and the front apron’s slats come in a high-gloss black paint finish.

Fitted as standard are the darkened clear-lens headlamps in the front and the darkened bicolor tail lamps for the rear. Offered as an option are the bi-Xenon headlights that come with the Active Curve Illumination. The design starts at the front apron and goes through the side sill panels, and all the way to the rear apron.

On the rear section, the uniquely shaped diffuser insert is painted in black with three fins and with the AMG sports exhaust system’s two twin tailpipes that are chrome-plated, it gives this new model that unique finishing touch.

Placed on the trunk lid is the spoiler lip which comes in the same color as the body. This is not only for aesthetic purposes as it has a function which is to lower the lift experienced at the axle in the rear and thus improve driving stability even when running at very high speeds.

Interior Design

Looking at the interior of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG, the style, functionality, and the sense of high quality all bring to mind the SLS AMG Roadster.

Actual features in the interior that do the same include, among others, the center console with the brushed aluminum finish and the four air vents designed to mimic jet engines. On the dashboard, particularly the center, there is the AMG-specific analog clock which comes with the IWC design.

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