Building on the superb reputation of the SLK series, the SLK55 AMG 2012 does not disappoint. This powerful luxury vehicle gets a revamped overhaul resulting in an impressive powerhouse.
The SLK55 AMG gets an all-new 5.5-litre V8 engine with cylinder shut-off for optimum performance and fuel consumption balance. Despite the lifted output of 310kW and 540Nm, the SLK55 MM maintains fuel consumption of just 8.5 litres per 100km and CO2 emissions of 197 grams per kilometre, or 30 per cent lower than that of the previous generation. The SLK55 AMG can reach 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds and it’s also the most economical V8 engine currently on the market.
AMG’s seven-speed automatic transmission (AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic) can switch between three driving modes: controlled efficiency ‘C’, sport ‘S’ and manual ‘M’. The transmission also features double-declutching on downshifts.
AMG sports suspension with torque vectoring brake and AMG direct steer system for more stability comes standard while the steering system has also been optimised to match the sports suspension.
The impressive SLK55 AMG is equipped with AMG’s exclusive three-stage ESP, offering a choice between ‘ESP ON’,’ SPORT Handling Mode’, and ‘ESP OFF’. Brakes are courtesy of four-pot calipers up front and a single caliper at the rear.
Visually the SLK55 AMG sports a new front apron and splitter in a high-gloss black finish, more aggressive front air intakes, AMG-specific LED daytime driving lights and dark edged headlamps and tail lamps.
Inside the SLK55 AMG echoes the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster with four jet engine-style air vents and a centre console finished in brushed aluminum. Other standard features include 18-inch five-spoke light-alloy wheels, AMG sports seats, Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system, AMG instrument cluster with race timer, Nappa leather upholstery, Command online multimedia system with 40GB HDD navigation and 10GB music register, and memory package .
For increased security and peace of mind, the SLK55 AMG is equipped with six airbags with door window bags and seat-mounted side airbags, neck pro head restraints, pre-safe system, active bonnet, acceleration skid control, adaptive brake with hold function and brake drying in the wet.