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Forming part of the third-generation of the SLK launched in June, the new
Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG catches the eye at first glance: distinctive AMG
light-alloy wheels, exclusive AMG body styling with AMG spoiler lip and two
chrome-plated twin tailpipes at the rear complement the classic roadster
proportions, while adding a distinct athletic touch. The expressive design of
the 2012 SLK55 AMG is both eye-catching and unmistakable.
Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is the perfect embodiment of the new AMG brand claim of
"Driving Performance": in the compact high-performance Roadster segment there is
nothing to compare to its combination of tangible driving dynamics, superior
sportiness, unique high-technology and low fuel consumption. The SLK55 AMG
accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 155
mph (electronically limited).
Helping to set new fuel efficiency
standards for V8's, the 5.5 liter engine combines low consumption figures with
superior power delivery and the typical exhaust growl which only a
large-displacement eight-cylinder engine can produce.
In line with its
"AMG Performance 2015" strategy, the new V8 engine continues to reduce both the
fuel consumption and emissions of new models over the next few years - while
reaching new heights with the central brand claim of "Driving Performance". At
the same time, AMG is also demonstrating its social responsibility with the M152
Unique Exterior Design
Classic roadster proportions
with typical AMG design characteristics as well as a hint of the SLS AMG -are
striking visual highlights of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG. The AMG
designers have complemented the exciting basic forms of the long hood, the
greenhouse positioned well to the rear and crisp rear section with typical AMG
styling at the front, sides and rear. The new AMG front apron has large air
inlets and AMG-specific LED daytime running lights. Inspired by the SLS AMG
super sports car, the wide radiator grill features a large, centrally-positioned
Mercedes star. In the case of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG, the slats in the
front apron and the lower cross strut are painted in a high-gloss black finish.
Darkened clear-lens headlamps and darkened bicolor tail lamps also come as
standard exclusively on the top-of-the-range V8 model. Bi-Xenon headlights with
Active Curve Illumination are also available as an optional extra.
vent grilles with chrome-plated fins in the front fenders are not only
reminiscent of the SLS AMG, but also evoke memories of the famous Mercedes- Benz
300 SL Roadster from the 1950s. The "V8 AMG" lettering beneath the grilles
highlight the top-of-the-range eight-cylinder model from the rest of the SLK
model series. AMG-specific, distinctively styled side sill panels continue the
design of the front apron through to the new rear apron. With its own unique
shape, black diffuser insert with three fins as well as the two chromeplated
twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system, it gives a distinctive
finishing touch to the vehicle. The spoiler lip on the trunk lid, painted in the
vehicle body color, reduces lift at the rear axle and thereby increases driving
stability at high speeds.
Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG: Review (2/2)