2012 Mercedes SLK 55 AMG Revealed Ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show Debut: Official Specs and Prices

by Ionut Dragomir

Mercedes-Benz decided to reveal its new SLK 55 AMG, a model which will be unveiled in front of the audience at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show, next month.

The 2012 SLK 55 AMG comes with a newly developed AMG 5.5-litre V8 engine featuring cylinder shut-off combines the ultimate in performance with the lowest possible fuel consumption. With a peak output of 310 kW (422 hp) and maximum torque of 540 Nm, the SLK 55 AMG outperforms all of its direct competitors. Maximum speed is electronically limited at 250 km / h (155 mph) – 5461 cc (M152 naturally aspirated V8) . However, the new SLK AMG accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h (62 mph), in 4.6 seconds.

According to the manufacturer, its fuel consumption of 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined) and CO2 emissions of 195 grams per kilometre are around 30 percent lower than those of its predecessor. High levels of driving dynamics are ensured thanks to the AMG sports suspension with Direct-Steer system, Torque Vectoring Brakes and 3-stage ESP®, as well as the AMG high-performance braking system. A particularly appealing addition to the range is the SLK 55 AMG “Edition 1”.

In addition comes a clever AMG Cylinder Management cylinder shut-off system which depending on the driving condition can automatically deactivate two or four of the eight cylinders. That in combination with the mode “C” – Controlled Efficiency in the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC auto transmission, and the stop/start function give the car an average fuel consumptoin of 8.4 liter per 100 km which is astonishing for a car with level of performance.

This new model demonstrates its individuality even at first glance: distinctive AMG light-alloy wheels, specific AMG bodystyling with AMG spoiler lip and two chrome-plated twin tailpipes at the rear complement the classic roadster proportions, while adding a markedly athletic touch. The expressive design of the SLK 55 AMG is both eye-catching and unmistakable.

Beside this, a panorama roof panel in tinted polycarbonate can also be chosen. The third variant is a panorama roof with Magic Sky Control. The glass roof switches to light or dark as required at the press of a button. When activated it is virtually transparent. In its dark state the roof provides welcome shade and prevents the interior from heating up from the sun’s intense rays.

The interior design of the SLK 55 AMG is also reminiscent of its bigger brother, the SLS AMG Roadster. Associations with the super sports car are evoked courtesy of the four air vents in the style of jet engines, as well as the centre console finished in brushed aluminium. An optional addition to the centre of the dashboard is an AMG-specific analogue watch featuring an IWC design. The AMG Performance steering wheel, with its flattened top and bottom sections, also boasts metal trim, aluminium shift paddles and grip areas finished in perforated leather.

Finally, the following is a brief overview of pricing (all incl. 19% VAT):
– SLK 55 AMG: 72,590 euros
– SLK 55 AMG “Edition 1”: 85,520 euros with designo magno cashmere white paint: 89,447 euros
– AMG Handling package: 4,641 euros

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Source: Mercedes-Benz

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