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The Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is a boardwalk bruiser with slingshot performance

19 Mar 2012

THE SLK is normally viewed as a comfortable cruiser, one of the more feminine roadsters, but there is one exception – it’s called the SLK 55 AMG and packs a sledgehammer V8 engine beneath its curved bonnet.

This is the third time the Mercedes-Benz tuning department has turned its attention to the SLK and this is the most powerful version yet, with a new naturally aspirated 5.5-litre V8 that makes 310kW and 540Nm, and can blast it from 0-100 in just 4.6 seconds.

Perhaps even more impressive, though, is the official average fuel economy figure of just 8.5 litres per 100km.


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Model release date: 1 March 2012 to 1 September 2016

Previous model


Released: April 2005
Ended: June 2011
Family Tree: SLK-class

THE second-generation AMG SLK introduced a high-output V8 to the model line, replacing the original supercharged V6 with a naturally aspirated 5.4-litre V8.

Power was barely increased from 260kW to 265kW, but torque increased by a greater amount, jumping from 450Nm to 510Nm.

Perhaps more importantly, the supercharged V6 engine sound was replaced by a more dramatic V8 burble.

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