AMG SLK 55

AMG SLK 55

Mercedes-AMG SLK 55

The Mercedes-AMG SLK 55 embodies combined qualities of leading-edge technology, exclusivity and dynamism – and it delivers on the promise with every ride. Evidence of the power harnessed by its AMG engine is hinted at on the outside by the ‘V8 AMG’ lettering on the front wings. Its muscular AMG body styling comprises exclusive SLK 55 front and rear apron and side skirts, while the AMG-specific radiator grille in high-gloss black with chrome trim strips and AMG sports exhaust system with two chromed twin tailpipes enhance the dynamic look.

Like any AMG model, the Mercedes-AMG SLK 55 features eye-catching styling to match its jaw-dropping performance. Exclusive AMG front and rear aprons and side skirts emphasise the vehicle’s power and poise, while 18” AMG 5-spoke Alloy wheels enhance its dramatic profile.

Other highlights include a wide AMG specific grille in high-gloss black with chrome trim strips. On the front wings there’s V8 AMG lettering and air vents reminiscent of the classic 300 SL roadster. At the rear, you'll find the AMG sports exhaust system with two chromed twin tailpipes.

Optional equipment includes a choice of exclusive Alloy wheel designs and the panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL which changes from light to dark at the touch of a button.

Performance

With a V8 engine more powerful than the 5 and 6-cylinder engines of its competitors, the Mercedes-AMG SLK 55 combines breath-taking performance with remarkably low fuel consumption and emissions.

From a standing start, it can hit 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds – that’s 0.3 seconds quicker than its predecessor – and it produces a massive 540 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. Yet its CO2 emissions are just 195 g/km and it returns up to 33.6 mpg* combined. That’s a 43 percent improvement in fuel economy over the previous Mercedes-AMG SLK 55.

Such impressive eco figures are down to an array of energy saving measures. These range from ECO start/stop to AMG cylinder management, which shuts off four of the engine’s eight cylinders when full power isn’t required.

Complementing this feature perfectly is the AMG-specific Direct-Steer system, which enhances dynamic handling, ensures good straight-line stability and reduces the amount of physical effort required when parking. A new on-demand power steering pump helps to reduce fuel consumption.

So, how do you rein in the extraordinary power of the SLK 55 AMG? The answer lies in the AMG high-performance brake system. Featuring internally ventilated and perforated brake discs on all wheels, it provides outstanding response, reassuringly short stopping distances and excellent durability.

Torque Vectoring Braking is another key feature, automatically and independently braking the inside rear wheel during cornering to reduce understeer and enhance stability.

For further peace of mind, SLK 55 AMG drivers can also rely on PRE-SAFE® brake. This intelligent system recognises hazardous situations – for example, the vehicle ahead braking suddenly – and, if necessary, intervenes by applying the brakes. This can help reduce the risk and severity of a collision.

For the ultimate in sporty driving, choose the optional AMG Performance package. It comprises AMG performance suspension with even firmer springs, AMG rear-axle differential lock, composite brake discs at the front and a three-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel finished in nappa leather.

But for all this efficiency, the pure thrill of driving an AMG remains. The exhaust system has even been specially engineered to maximise that signature AMG roar.

Design

Impeccable quality and iconic style are apparent in every detail of the SLK 55 AMG cabin - from the jet engine-inspired air vents first seen on the SLS AMG to the brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs.

Inside the Mercedes-AMG SLK 55 features an AMG performance multi-function steering wheel with flattened upper and lower sections and silver-coloured aluminium gearshift paddles. AMG sports seats in nappa leather offer optimum support while the Interior Lighting package guarantees for a feel good factor.

Slide behind the AMG Performance steering wheel – with its flattened upper and lower sections and silver coloured aluminium gearshift paddles - and the desire to start the engine is almost overwhelming. When you do, the distinctive AMG instrument cluster with RACETIMER tells you all you need to know. Then just sit back in the heated AMG sports seats, choose a destination on the COMAND Online system with Media Interface and let the fun begin.

For added top-down comfort, options include the AIRSCARF neck-level heating system and AIRGUIDE, a draught-stop device that can be individually adjusted for both driver and passenger.

Technology

As you’d expect from a vehicle of this calibre, the SLK 55 AMG is equipped with state-of-the-art communications technology.

Fitted as standard, COMAND Online system offers fast internet connectivity so you can access the best of the web via the 7-inch colour display. The system also features hard disk drive (HDD) navigation with Live Traffic Information and Speed Limit Assist.

Entertainment features include DAB digital radio tuner, single CD, SD memory card slot, 10 GB music register and MP3 compatibility. Using the Media Interface in the centre console, you can connect iPods, USB sticks and other portable media devices.

For convenience and safety, Bluetooth® telephony and LINGUATRONIC voice control let you perform various functions without taking your hands from the wheel.

Suspension

From winding mountain passes to busy city streets, agile and assured handling is guaranteed in the Mercedes-AMG SLK 55. Fitted as standard, the AMG sports suspension features independent suspension struts with stiffened springs, dampers and stabilisers, enabling high cornering speeds and minimising body roll in fast S-shaped bends.

Transmission

Fitted as standard, the AMG SPEEDTRONIC PLUS 7G-TRONIC 7-speed sports transmission gives you a choice of three modes: Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M).

For gear changes with a real ‘performance’ feel, both Sport and Manual modes offer blisteringly quick shift times and a thoroughly engaging, satisfying driving feel.

The ECO start/stop function brings a new dimension to the SLK 55 AMG. Helping save energy by automatically shutting off the engine when not in use - for example, when stopped at a red light.

It’s also in C mode that you’ll benefit from AMG cylinder management. This intelligent system automatically shuts off four of the vehicle’s eight cylinders when only partial load is required – for instance, during low-speed cornering. You'll also find that the associated fuel savings are considerable.

Safety

The SLK 55 AMG comes equipped with some of the most advanced and comprehensive safety technology in its class.

To help keep you out of trouble, its features range from Electronic Stability Programme® (ESP) with Acceleration Skid Control (ASR) to the Intelligent Light System with bi-xenon headlamps. Also standard, the award-winning ATTENTION ASSIST recognises tell-tale signs of driver fatigue and warns you accordingly.

If a hazardous situation arises, our PRE-SAFE® anticipatory safety system takes pre-emptive measures such as priming seat belt tensioners in case of an impact. Should an accident prove unavoidable, occupant protection includes a roll-over bar, an array of airbags and active head restraints.

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