The New Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG, featuring a newly developed AMG 5.5 litre V8 engine, is the most powerful SLK ever produced. Peak output comes in at 422hp and maximum torque is 540Nm, alongside fuel consumption of 33.6mpg on the combined cycle and 195 g/km CO2, around a 30 per cent improvement over the previous model.
The new top of the range Mercedes Benz SLK AMG model features AMG light-alloy wheels, specific AMG bodystyling with AMG spoiler lip and two chrome-plated twin tailpipes at the rear.
0-62mph is reached in 3.6 seconds on to a top speed in 155mph, electronically limited.
The new Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG's V8 engine is in line with the "SMG Performance 2015" strategy, which promises to reduce fuel consumption and emissions of new models over the coming years.
Standard equipment on the Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG is the Controlled Efficiency start/stop function is in part responsible for low fuel consumption figures. This technology works by switching off the V8 engine when the driver stops the car and then is immediately restarted once the brake pedal is released or the accelerator is depressed.
The Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG powers the rear wheels via the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission which features three transmission modes: "Controlled Efficiency" (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M).
The AMG main menu features a framed "ECO" symbol, indicating to the driver that the Controlled Efficiency start/stop function is active. When the driver selects the performance orientated modes of Sport or Manual, the start/stop function is deactivated.
Agile handling comes courtesy of the AMG Sport suspension with Torque Vectoring Brakes and AMG Direct-Steer system responding to comfortable cruising as well as enthusiastic driving. Independent suspension struts with stiffer spring/damper tuning, torque strut bearings on the front axle featuring higher rigidity, stiffer stabilisers all round as well as a more negative camber on the rear axle result in high cornering speeds and a low body roll in fast S-shaped bends.
The 3 stage ESP provides drivers with the option of "ESP ON", "SPORT Handling Mode" and "ESP OFF". AMG's high-performance brake system boasts internally ventilated and perforated brake discs at all for wheels, 260x36mm at the front and 330x22mm at the rear.
Optional for the Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG is the AMG Handling package which further enhances the vehicles sportiness. Features include an AMG Performance suspension with stiffer tuning, an AMG rear axle differential lock, composite brake discs at the front and a three-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel finished in nappa leather with Alcantara inserts in the grip areas.
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