Prices for the new Mercedes SLK 55 AMG, which is available to order now, start from £54,950.

Prices for the new Mercedes SLK 55 AMG, which is available to order now, start from £54,950.

The £54,950 AMG model is the new direct-injection version of AMG’s 5.5-litre V8 engine, which offers a 421hp and 398lbft and comes equipped with a seven-speed AMG speedshift 7G-tronic plus automatic transmission with 3 intelligent modes – Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S), and manual (M).

The new AMG 5.5-litre V8 engine propels the Mercedes from 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds and all the way to its limited top speed of 155mph.

There has been a 30 per cent reduction in fuel economy and CO2 emissions thanks to the introduction of AMG’s cylinder management system, which shuts off two cylinders on each bank of the V8 when the car is running on a light throttle usage. This offers a combined fuel economy of 33.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 195g/km.

AMG sports suspension featuring the Torque Vectoring Brake and AMG direct-steer system is fitted as standard.

AMG has complemented the classic lengthy bonnet and snubbed tail proportions and the SLS-inspired design of the latest SLK with exclusive bodywork for the SLK 55 AMG. The interior also has exclusive AMG styling and trim.

The Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG comes with all the comfort and safety features expected of the top-spec model.

Standard specification includes AMG body styling, high performance disk brakes, sports suspension, leather interior, 18-inch five-spoke alloys, DAB digital radio, AMG cylinder management system, and ECO stop-start function.

Optional extras on the SLK 55 AMG are £4,105 for AMG Performance Package of revised suspension and brakes with a rear diff lock, and for £2,755, the AMG Driver’s Package, which increases the limited top speed.

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz SLK
Evolutionary looks shroud new underpinnings. Is it a good mix?

The Mercedes-Benz SLK has the right image, a posh cabin and it's easy to live with

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18 January 2012

I'm surprised there's virtually no difference between the looks of standard sport version and this AMG model - the previous AMG version looked way more agressive than the standard car.

18 January 2012

Spec up a 320bhp Boxster S to this level - the list price is £63k!! - the SLK looks like a bit of a bargain!

if it's heavy, it ain't happenin' 

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