Mercedes-Benz reveals the SLK 55 AMG

Following on from its super-frugal SLK 250 CDI, Mercedes-Benz has revealed that car’s polar opposite – the mighty SLK 55 AMG.

Powered by what Mercedes promises is the world’s most fuel-efficient V8 engine, the SLK 55 AMG relies on a 5.5L unit that develops 310 kW (422 hp) and 540 Nm of torque. The M152 is based on the AMG M157 biturbo V8 found in the E 63 AMG, CLS 63 AMG and S 63 AMG models, and produces enough to propel the hot SLK to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 250 km/h.

Following the company’s “AMG Performance 2015” strategy, the naturally aspirated V8 features a similar cylinder shut-off system to the ones found in Formula One cars: cylinders two, three, five and eight are cut off when the engine is under partial load. This type of technology – combined with the likes of a stop/start function results in a consumption figure of 8.4 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 199 g/km (NEDC combined). Admittedly, that’s slightly more than a BlueMotion VW Polo, but when you realise that the smaller-engined Audi R8 V8 produces 332 g/km, that’s pretty impressive. Although, if we’re being honest, if that type of thing bothers you you’re probably about to outside – to hug and polish your bicycle.

Visually, the SLK 55 AMG receives purposeful front and rear aprons and sill extensions, large air inlets and LED daytime running lights. Also specific to the flagship SLK are high-gloss black radiator slats and lower cross strut, darkened headlight lenses and darkened bicolour rear light clusters. The Intelligent Light System is available as an option. At the rear there’s an aggressive diffuser and impressive quad tailpipes which give away the car’s true intentions.

Due to hit dealerships in January 2012, the SLK 55 AMG will retail at € 72,590, while the “Edition 1” version, which is available with designo magno cashmere white paint, carbon trim elements and matte black AMG alloys sells for € 89,447. The AMG Handling package will set you back € 4,641.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]

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