Following early pictures last night, we can now give you the full release of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG, the most powerful SLK of all time. It had its official release today ahead of the IAA 2011 where it will have its public debut. Its new AMG 5.5-liter V8 engine featuring cylinder shutoff has a peak output of 415hp and maximum torque of 540Nm. The SLK55 AMG accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 250km/h (electronically limited).
Other features are a 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic with AMG SpeedShift technology, an AMG sports suspension with Direct-Steer system, Torque Vectoring Brakes and 3-stage ESP, as well as the AMG high-performance braking system.
Forming part of the third-generation of the SLK launched in June, you will get AMG light-alloy wheels, AMG body styling with AMG spoiler lip and two chrome-plated twin tailpipes at the rear.
The standard retractable hardtop opens and closes in less than twenty seconds, transforming the open-top Roadster into a closed-top Coupe with rigid roof at the touch of a button. Alternatively, a panorama roof panel in tinted polycarbonate can also be chosen. The third variant is a panorama roof with Magic Sky Control. The glass roof switches to light or dark as required at the press of a button. When activated it is virtually transparent. In its dark state the roof provides welcome shade and prevents the interior from heating up from the sun’s intense rays.
The optionally available AMG Handling Package enhances the vehicle’s sportiness. It comprises an AMG Performance suspension with stiffer tuning, an AMG rear axle differential lock, two-piece brake discs at the front and a three-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel finished in premium leather with Alcantara inserts in the grip areas.