Mercedes Benz’s new hot rod roadster has finally been revealed – the SLK 55 AMG.
Under the hood, you will find a non-turbo version of the 5.5-litre V8 engine found in the CLS, E, S, and CL AMGs. Despite being naturally aspirated, the engine still produces a healthy 422 hp and 540 Nm (398 lb ft) of torque.
The engine is connected to a seven-speed Sportshift Plus 7G-Tronic automatic transmission, sending power to the rear wheels. Acceleration from 0-62mph will take 4.6 seconds, while top speed is still electronically limited to 250km/h (155mph).
An optional AMG Handling pack will be available. The pack adds stiffer suspension, a rear locking differential, composite brake discs, and a steering wheel with alcantara inserts. The SLK 55 AMG will have an active exhaust system with flaps that open and close depending on throttle-load and engine speed.
The direct-injected engine features a cylinder shut-off system, as well as stop/start technology. Mercedes is also claiming CO2 emissions of just 195g/km, and a combined fuel consumption figure of 8.4 litres per 100 km.
The SLK 55 AMG will cost 72,590 Euros when it goes on sale in January 2012, while the AMG Handling pack will cost 4,641 Euros.