Mercedes’ new SLK55 AMG for the Frankfurt motor show will be equipped with a new 5.5-litre V8 engine.
The hand-built 5461cc engine in the new Mercedes SLK55 AMG is a normally aspirated version of the twin-turbo 5.5 V8 found in the new CLS63 AMG and E63 AMG models.
Removing the two turbos is a necessity for packaging the all-aluminium 187kg V8 in the SLK, but as one insider pointed out: “It also wouldn’t do to have an SLK that’s faster than the SL.”
Power from the new 5.5 V8 has risen by 60bhp over the old 5.5 V8 in the outgoing SLK55 AMG to 416bhp, while torque has risen from 376lb ft to 398lb ft.
Advances have been made in fuel economy and CO2 emissions, too, the former improved by 30 per cent in the new SLK55 AMG over the old model. Combined economy is 33.2mpg and CO2 emissions are 199g/km. Stop-start is as standard.
The engine features an innovative F1-inspired AMG Cylinder Management shut-off system that allows the engine to run on just four cylinders under partial loads to help boost economy.