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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and SLK 250 CDI

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and SLK 250 CDI image

Text: / Photos: Mercedez-Benz Press | posted August 23, 2011 11:41

Power and prestige

Mercedes-Benz have just released the first shots of the all new SLK 55 AMG, following the international launch of the all new SLK-Class of roadsters (internal codename: R172) in June.

New SLK

Forming part of the third-generation of the SLK launched in March, the new top-of-the range AMG model gets distinctive AMG light-alloy wheels, specific AMG bodystyling with AMG spoiler lip and two chrome-plated twin tailpipes.

The new Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG is the most powerful SLK of all time. Its newly developed AMG 5.5-liter V8 engine featuring cylinder shut-off combines the high performance with the best possible fuel consumption. With a peak output of 422 PS and maximum torque of 540 Nm, Mercedes claims the SLK 55 AMG can outperform all of its direct competitors. Its fuel consumption of 14.3 km/l on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 195 grams per kilometer are around a 30 percent improvement of that of its predecessor.

The new SLK comes with the AMG sports suspension package with Direct-Steer system, Torque Vectoring Brakes and 3-stage ESP, as well as the AMG high-performance braking system. The SLK 55 AMG accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

In addition to the new high performance SLK 55 AMG, Mercedes-Benz also release the first SLK to come with a diesel engine with the SLK 250 CDI. The 204 hp four-cylinder power unit puts the two-seater at the top of its class in numerous respects.

New SLK driving

With a fuel consumption of 24 km/l on the combined cycle, it is the most economical roadster in its segment. The SLK CDI accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, thanks to 500 Nm of torque available. The result is superior driving enjoyment both on winding country roads and on long motorway stretches. Like the other models in the latest SLK family, it combines lively sportiness with high-quality appointments and excellent comfort.