The new generation Mercedes SLK 55 AMG is now available to order in the UK with a base price of £54,950.
There are two optional extras you can choose, including AMG Performance Package of revised suspension and brakes with a rear differential lock (£4,105) and the AMG Driver’s Package, which raises the limited top speed and includes attendance at an AMG ‘Power and Passion’ driver event (£2,755).
The 2012 SLK 55 geta naturally-aspirated version of AMG’s brand-new 5.5 liter V8, with 421hp and 540Nm of torque. Performance-wise it does 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, and the top speed is, as usual, limited to 155mph.
Despite its brisk performance, the new SLK 55 has a combined fuel economy of 33.6mpg, with CO2 emissions of 195g/km. Those figures can be contributed to seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission featuring three intelligent modes – Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M), and more importantly, AMG’s Cylinder Management System which shuts off two cylinders on each bank of the V8 on light throttle loads, and ECO stop/start system.
Standard specification includes AMG body styling with exclusive SLK 55 AMG front and rear aprons and side skirts, AMG high-performance internally ventilated and perforated disc brakes, AMG sports suspension, Nappa leather upholstery, 18-inch five-spoke AMG alloy wheels, the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Light System, COMAND Online with Media Interface, a DAB digital radio, AMG Cylinder Management System and ECO stop-start function. Advanced safety features include PRE-SAFE, NECK-PRO, ATTENTION ASSIST and HEADLAMP ASSIST.