Mercedes has launched the SLK55 AMG in India at an ex-showroom price of Rs 1.25 crore. As the name suggests this is the sportiest version of the Mercedes-Benz SLK and the most powerful you can buy. Obviously with an AMG the talking point is the masterpeice under the bonnet and the SLK55 has a 421 bhp 5.5-liter V8 with 540 Nm of torque on offer.
This engine along with the various AMG techno wizardry like Direct-Steer system, Torque Vectoring Brakes and 3-stage ESP make this roaster a very fast supercar. The Mercedes AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission is on hand for you to tame those horses and it features three modes Sport, Manual and ''Controlled Efficiency". To put it in numbers you have a 250 km/h top speed and 0-100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds.
However its not just all performance as this AMG unit is alo one of the greenest V8's around with a Cylinder Management cylinder shut-off system significantly improving fuel consumption. When it comes to styling the SLK is transformed with these AMG details which give it a whole new level of aggression.
The details include new AMG front apron has large air inlets and AMG- specific LED daytime running lights plus darkened clear-lens headlamps and darkened bicolor tail lamps. It goes without saying there is AMG V8 lettering all over the place. Ah yes plus not to forget the AMG exhaust system, matte black 18 inch 10-spoke alloys and boot spoiler finish off the package rather nicely. We like.
Inside the smug cockpit you get a high quality Mercedes cabin dripping with gorgeous details. You will like the AMG Performance steering wheel, metal trim, aluminum shift paddles and yes the AMG analog clock.
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.”
The new SLK55 AMG can play the role of a cruiser whther you are in Malabar Hill or Beverly Hills but instantly it can be transformed into a supercar which means if you have got the cash the SLK55 AMG should be in your garage.