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Mercedes SLK 55 AMG

If there is a future for large high performance petrol engines then this is it. The latest Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG has what is being billed as the world’s most fuel-efficient V8 engine. The problems of poor fuel efficiency and high emissions are reduced by shutting off one bank of cylinders when they are not required. This renders the SLK AMG a 2.7 litre four cylinder car when driving slowly or at a constant cruising speed. While that sounds simple, from an engineering point of view it is probably very complex. Mercedes do seem to think they’ve cracked it though and the figures speak for themselves. The only downside we imagine is a lack of V8 rumble when posing around town.

As you would expect there is plenty of technology onboard to help keep the car on the road and give you the option of a sporty or comfortable set up. There are also a range of luxuries available as options that you might have expected as standard on this top of the range car.

As part of the third generation of Mercedes SLK the 55 AMG represents the pinnacle in performance and while the new styling may not suit all tastes it is at least more grown up looking than the previous model.

Mercedes SLK 55 AMG Specifications

Car brandMercedes Benz
Roof typeHardtop
Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine typeV8
Engine size5461 cc
Power421@6800 ps
Torque540@4500 lb.ft
Transmission type7G-TRONIC

Mercedes SLK 55 AMG Performance

Max Speed (Auto)155 mph
0-100kmph (Auto)4.6 seconds

Mercedes SLK 55 AMG Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Auto)33.6 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Auto)195 g/km

Mercedes SLK 55 AMG Details

Production dates2011-current
UK Retail pricefrom £55,345
UK Insurance group47A
Turning circle10.5 m
Length4146 mm
Width inc. mirrors2006 mm
Wheelbase2430 mm
Kerb Weight1690 kg
Luggage capacity225 litres
Fuel tank capacity60 litres
Warranty distanceUnlimited miles
Warranty length3 years
Service Intervals12,427 miles
Information last updated July 19, 2014

Do you drive a Mercedes SLK AMG mk3? Would you recommend it to others? Why not leave a comment to let us know what you think of the car. This Mercedes Benz has one owner review.

One Owner Review

  1. garyshapland says:

    This new 2011 Mercedes SLK looks really fresh and follows the design updates seen across the rest of the Mercedes Benz model ranges. The new grill like a mouth, the headlights like eyes and all the all round squaring off makes this new shape Mercedes Benz SLK look amazing out on the open road. Now with a more manly appeal I am confident that Mercedes Benz will see more male drivers especially of the bigger engines and an overall increase in sales, nice to see they have kept the metal hardtop and resisted the soft rag tops that so many other manufacturers prefer, well done Mercedes Benz.

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