2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG: First Look
- Competes with: BMW M3 convertible, Audi TTS roadster
- Looks like: AMG name is again a part of the SLK lineup
- Drivetrain: 415-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 engine with a seven-speed automatic transmission
- Hits dealerships: Early 2012
Mercedes-Benz has revived its high-performance AMG trim (absent for the 2011 model year) for the redesigned 2012 SLK-Class.
The 2012 SLK55 AMG features the only V-8 powertrain offered on the roadster. Like the four-cylinder and six-cylinder, which feature new fuel economy measures, the new V-8 is also more fuel efficient and powerful than its predecessor.
The 415-horsepower 5.5-liter V-8 produces 60 hp more than the last generation’s 5.4-liter V-8. That’s achieved through a high-pressured fuel-injection system and high compression ratio compared with the outgoing model. The 2012 model can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds (three-tenths of a second faster than the previous generation) and can reach a top speed of 155 mph.
Besides the V-8 powertrain, the AMG model distinguishes itself from the regular trims through AMG-specific aesthetic upgrades: light-alloy wheels, a large front air dam, ground effects kit, a spoiler lip and chrome-plated twin tailpipes.
On the inside, the SLK55 AMG gets a center console analog clock, aluminum trim and pedals, AMG-specific steering wheel, unique instrument cluster and sport bucket seats. The SLK55 also features a standard hardtop retractable roof with a full glass pane that can be electronically switched to be transparent or opaque.
Mercedes hasn’t announced pricing yet for the model. The 2011 SLK350 starts at $54,800, and the last-generation 2010 SLK55 AMG started at $66,650.
The 2012 SLK55 AMG goes on sale in early 2012.