2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG
An open top or a convertible may not be a very good idea for the Indian market but that does not really stop our auto enthusiasts from getting their hands on one, they are perhaps the next best thing that money can buy to enjoy the open roads and feel the winds flowing through your hair. There are couples of convertible already available in our Indian market and Mercedes Benz added their latest roadster to their Indian lineup recently which definitely is an attention grabber. Yes! I am talking about the all new Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG which is a more powerful version of the SLK class already available in our Indian market. Now a roadster with a V8 heart hmm! That is something to really look out for.
The standard SLK class was launched by Mercedes way back in the year 1996 in the International market, so this is definitely not a new car which was added to the German premium brand lineup infact this was probably one of the sportiest, lightest and shortest roadster available in the market. Now many will ask why we prefer an AMG tuned car. The reason is simple Mercedes Benz stuffs the standard cars with a massive engine under the hood and some visual elements to make it appear more beefy and muscular although these cars may not be the most practical ones in the real life situation but who cares if you have the money and want to get your hands on a powerful shiny exotic for yourself.
The Mercedes Benz SLK55 AMG as I already did mentioned above comes packed with a powerful top-of-line V8 engine which packs some serious punch, this roadster is capable of hitting the 100km/h mark in just 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 250km/h mark.
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the SLK 55 AMG features panoramic vario-roof with Magic Sky Control
The very first thing that will perhaps catch your attention is the size of the car, this car measures only 4146 mm in length and many will ask how AMG has stuffed that massive V8 under the hood of this SLK class. Well! We leave the tough part on the shoulder of the Mercedes Benz engineers and try to enjoy the output of their hard work shall we?
The SLK55 AMG is based on the SLK class so this may not look too different to you than the standard car but AMG engineers has added couple of their magic touches to this car to make it appear different than the standard SLK Class. The front of the car you get this shiny 3 pointed star in the middle of the upright radiator grille with lots of chrome accent on it while the lower lip of the roadster has the bigger air vents. The wide headlamp unit comes fitted with standard Bi-xenon bulbs which enhances the visibility during night time driving. The long bonnet and the short rear overhang make it appear like a typical Grand Tourer. The SLK55 AMG comes fitted with standard AMG 18 inch 10 spoke alloy wheels painted in matte black which helps in enhancing the sporty quotient of this convertible. Walk towards the rear and you will find this integrated spoiler, the eye catching quad exhaust pipes and the stylish LED tail lamps and lastly the AMG lettering at the rear of the car which helps it to differentiate from the standard SLK Class.
The most important feature of any convertible got to be its folding roof which transforms the car from a roadster to a coupe in just matter of time; the SLK 55 AMG features panoramic vario-roof with Magic Sky Control, what it actually does is with a press a button the glass roof transforms itself into light or dark shades as required, the dark shade prevents sun rays from heating up the interior.
The overall dimension of the SLK55 AMG has been provided below:
|Wheel base||2430 mm|
|Boot volume||335 litres|
the SLK55 AMG only has 335 litres of boot space at the rear
The one and only complain with all the roadsters got to be the lack of storage spaces inside the cabin and this car is not so different either, although there are couple of cubby holes inside the SLK55 AMG interiors but quite honestly they aren’t that much useful and practical. Another problem with any convertible car is the foldable roof which eats up a lot of space when it folds inside the boot and the SLK55 AMG only has 335 litres of boot space at the rear. So if you are planning for a weekend getaway in this car we suggest you to take fewer luggage’s.
That said the rest of the SLK55 AMG interiors looks impressive and it has everything that you would expect out of a Mercedes Benz interiors. The 4-way lumbar support seats also comes with memory package and above all are comfortable and can easily fit a taller person which is impressive. The AMG cabin also comes fitted with some of the most impressive gadgets which include the command inline six DVD changer and Harmon Kardon surround sound music system. The cockpit further has been equipped with ambient lighting; you also get the AMG performance steering wheel which also has been fitted with gear shifter pedals in case you want to enjoy the manual shifting above all you get the AMG carbon fibre trim and design and also leather upholstery which is also the signature styling quotient of any AMG cars.
The comfortable seats and the spacious cockpit makes long drives fatigue free in the SLK55 AMG.
The SLK55 AMG has a massive engine under its hood; it uses a V8 displacing 5461 cc which produces 421 hp of peak power at 6800rpm and 540 Nm of peak torque at 4500 rpm, this engine has been mated to a the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission which offers 3 driving modes Controlled Efficiency, Sports and Manual. The roadster is capable of hitting the 100 km/h mark from standstill in just 4.6 seconds while the top speed is limited to 250 km/h mark.
Now many must be wondering that the V8 is a huge engine and you cannot actually trust on its fuel efficiency figures but Mercedes Benz always has solution to every problem this V8 engine comes packed with eco start/stop function which automatically turns off the engine when the car comes to a stop plus it has cylinder management system which turns off cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 when the car is driven efficiently.
The drivetrain details of the SLK55 AMG has been provided below:
|Power||416bhp at 6800rpm|
|Torque||540 NM at 4500 rpm|
The SLK 55 AMG is priced at Rs 1.26 crores (ex-showroom New Delhi)
Let us be practical here you will need to pay a hefty sum of 1.26 crores to get your hands on the pumped up version of the CLK Class where youy also have plenty of other options to choose from.
The Audi R8 is one such convertible which quite frankly does not need any attention. This car is neither too loud for a sportscar but it has all the thing that one searches in a sportscar. Powered by a V-8 4.2-liter naturally aspirated engine this engine produces 424 horsepower and 583 Nm of torque and if you are not satisfied with the overall output of this car then there is the bigger V10 Plus which produces an impressive 517 horsepower and 718 Nm of torque. The Audi R8 is priced at around INR 1,63,82,000. while the V10 models starts at INR 1,87,52,000 (ex-showroom New Delhi).
If you want an exotic car which screams out loud as soon as you step on the gas and does not want to be tamed then perhaps the SLK55 AMG is the appropriate car for you. It has everything that you want in a convertible including a powerful engine, luxurious and sporty interiors covered with leather and premium quality materials and lastly the good looks to match with but if you want a more practical car then you always have plenty of other options available to you.
- * Powerful Engine
- * Interior looks superb
- * Not so practical for our Indian market and conditions
- * Expensive
- * boot volume
New Delhi: Continuing its product offensive, Mercedes-Benz India today launched the much awaited, stunning and powerful roadster the SLK 55 AMG. The SLK 55 AMG with its distinctively sporty looks, an inspirational sporty architecture combined with the trademark power packed performance of its naturally aspirated V8 AMG engine, promises an adrenaline gushing driving experience with unparalleled luxury and safety levels. The SLK 55 AMG embodies luxury as well as trend setting performance driving experience and underscores the sporty and performance aspects of Brand Mercedes-Benz.
Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said: “The SLK 55 AMG packs sportiness and performance driving which are associated with the Mercedes-Benz and AMG brands. SLK 55 AMG delivers a passionate driving experience. This is the perfect car for all our customers and enthusiasts, who are passionate about performance driving and want an adrenaline gushing experience from their cars. With its innovative features and state-of-the-art technology, the car proves not just to be an exhilarating experience for the driver but also a visual delight, making it a very fascinating car for our customers.”
Eberhard Kern further added, “The SLK 55 AMG is Mercedes-Benz India’s eighth product for the Indian market and the third AMG launch this year underlining our product offensive which created a lot of excitement in the luxury car market. With SLK 55 AMG we unleash our AMG product offensive for the Indian market as we plan to introduce the remaining AMG products from our global portfolio, for the Indian customers. We are happy with the growing customer base for the high-end AMG cars in India and are confident that these cars will continue to have increased customer traction.”
Leadership in technology reflected in sportiness and design:
The SLK 55 boasts of sleek lines and shapely contours demonstrating its supremacy with a bolder look. With symmetrically arranged headlamps and bumpers, the contours of the car invoke the car’s all powerful character. From the side and front, the car is sculpted to rise and glide like a powerful machine, exuding its lively, sporty presence. With authentic sporty trimmings, sweeping lines and stylish seating mechanisms, the interiors of the SLK 55 AMG have been intricately crafted to offer the pinnacle of luxury and comfort.
Ingenious material mix and high levels of safety
Designers and engineers have integrated new age technology with stylish designs in the SLK 55 AMG. Safety is an important benchmark for every Mercedes vehicle. The SLK 55 AMG has achieved the much coveted 5 stars in the Euro NCAP Crash Rating making it the epitome of safety. SLK 55 AMG makes use of a host of latest assistance systems supporting the driver; these include the drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST which predicts the level of driver attentiveness to provide an early warning of driver fatigue. The parking guidance system PARKTRONIC aids in representing the recommended parking manoeuver. Other standard safety features in the SLK 55 AMG include PRE SAFE and ADAPTIVE BRAKE with ABS and ASR.
The signature style quotient continues with AMG carbon fibre trim and designo leather upholstery. The SLK 55 AMG roadster features COMMAND ONLINE six DVD changer and Harmon Kardon surround sound music system clubbed with ambient lighting in the cockpit along with the AMG performance steering wheel giving the roadster a serious sporty edge. The car also comes with a memory package including 4-way lumbar support and a seat belt in black.
The exteriors are sure to catch one’s attention with the standard AMG 18 inch 10 spoke alloy wheels painted in matte black whose sporty looks is further accentuated by the attractive silver brake calipers. The Bi-xenon headlamps with Intelligent Light System clubbed with the Adaptive Brake Light flashing and the active bonnet further enhance the exquisiteness of this roadster. The SLK 55 AMG features panoramic vario-roof with Magic Sky Control which is Mercedes-Benz’s statement of leadership in technological advancement, yet again. The third generation of the SLK family offers its driver a never before advantage as this meticulous design marvel transforms the SLK 55 AMG roadster into a coupé at the touch of a button. This glass roof switches to light or dark as required at the press of a button; when light it is virtually transparent, offering an open-air experience even in cold weather. In its dark state the roof provides welcome shade and prevents the interior from heating up when the sun’s rays are very intense. In other words: a feel-good atmosphere at the touch of a button. The illuminated AMG door sills add to the luxurious feel.
Engine and Transmission:
The SLK 55 AMG is powered by a top-of-line V8 engine that produces an adrenaline pumping 421 hp@6800rpm with 540 Nm of torque@4500 rpm and is mated to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission. The sizzling roadster sprints 0-100 km in 4.6 seconds and hits a top speed of 250 km/hr promising its occupants a ride to remember. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G TRONIC transmission offers 3 drive modes—Controlled Efficiency, Sports and Manual. The turntable draught stop AIRGUIDE ensures a comfortable ride during open-top motoring and is a unique feature in the roadster segment; it effectively protects the driver and passenger from draughts. The eco start/stop function in the SLK 55 AMG reduces fuel consumption and emission by switching off the engine automatically when the car comes to a stop. Besides this the SLK 55 AMG also features pedestrian safety features like Active Bonnet.
The AMG touch
The SLK 55 AMG features the AMG Handling package which comprises AMG rear axle differential lock, AMG High Performance Braking System, AMG Performance steering wheel with nappa leather/Alcantara® inserts in the grip areas. The SLK 55 AMG also features front and rear aprons, side skirting, mesh grille, ventilated and perforated disc brakes, AMG Sports Suspension, designo leather upholstery, 18-inch AMG alloy wheels and the AMG sports exhaust. To improve handling and responsiveness, the regular brakes and steering are upgraded to AMG High Performance Braking System and AMG Performance Steering Wheel, AMG rear axle differential locks and AMG Direct-Steer system.
The SLK 55 AMG is priced at Rs 1.26 crores ex-showroom New Delhi
The 2014 edition of SLK 350 is priced at Rs 71.9 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) and the CLS 350 is priced at Rs. 99.90 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi)