Saturday, December 29, 2007

Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG

2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG
Mercedes-Benz Press Release

Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG 2008The SLK 55 AMG is now even more dynamic: a new front apron and dark-tinted headlamps give this unique eight-cylinder roadster an even more athletic look even at a standstill. The handling dynamics of the SLK 55 AMG have also been sharpened. For the first time the car features the new direct steering with variable servo assistance, which makes the 265 kW/360 hp two-seater even more agile and responsive. The SLK 55 AMG is also the only car in its class to feature a V8 engine, while the improved AMG Speedshift 7G-Tronic transmission now offers even faster gear changes.

The appearance of the sporty roadster now reinforces the car’s claim to special status even more emphatically. The redesigned front apron with a more pronounced arrow-shape, the modified Mercedes star, enlarged air dams and a black-painted transverse fin on the lower section ensure a distinctly masculine aura. Large, round fog lamps with chrome surrounds are now positioned further outwards, enhancing the impression of width. The hot air from the integral engine oil cooler is vented via side outlets in the front apron. The specific AMG body styling also includes AMG side skirts, the muscular AMG rear apron with a black insert and the AMG spoiler lip.

Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG 2008New features also include dark-tinted projection-beam headlamps and larger exterior mirrors for better rearward visibility. LED indicator repeaters in an arrow design ensure more safety. Even more striking than before are the new 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a multi-spoke design. Painted in titanium grey and with a high-sheen star, these provide interesting contrasts when viewed from the side. With a width of 7.5 and 8.5 inches respectively, the AMG light-alloy wheels are fitted with size 225/40 (front) and 245/35 (rear) tyres. New, high-sheen 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a twin-spoke design are also available in the same sizes on request. Outstanding deceleration values are ensured by the AMG high-performance braking system with internally ventilated brake discs all-round. The front brakes have perforated discs of size 345 x 30 mm; 300 x 22 mm discs are fitted at the rear.

Technical Specifications
Engine: 5.5 litre V8
Aspiration: Naturally aspirated
Maximum Power: 360 hp (265 kW)
Maximum Torque: 376 lb-ft (510 Nm)
Transmission: Seven speed automatic (AMG Speedshift 7G-Tronic)
Drivetrain: Rear wheel drive

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