MercedesBenz SLK 55 AMG 2012: Road Test motoring com au

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Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG Kompressor

Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG 2012: Road

It takes a master technologist Benz to keep a chassis little with muscles big civilised

Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG


Price Guide (recommended before statutory delivery $155,000

Options fitted to car (not included in above AMG Handling Package ($8825); AMG alloys ($1500); Keyless Go

Crash rating: N/A

Fuel: 98 RON

Claimed fuel economy 8.5

CO2 emissions (g/km): 197

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Even though it sits at the end of the AMG line-up, the SLK 55 AMG works to house Which is to say, it isn’t The 5.5-litre V8 lumps 310kW and on a little chassis (2430mm all weighing in at 1610kg. That it up on the cusp of supercar territory for

It’s an equation that upon a time would left many a roadside in its wake. How come? The shorter the and the greater the power applied, the it is to lose the rear end in a corner.

So it takes loads of a) chassis prowess, b) stability control and c) rubber to keep all that muscle from splitting the It should come as no surprise, that the SLK 55 AMG has one of the busiest stability ststems in the business. And that’s the optional Dynamic Handling ($8825) keeping things by making real-time adjustments to the on each corner. Even all that, it’s a car that respect.

You can tell what in for on approach. It looks the goods any way you at it, from its freshly SLS-ified end past the hefty 18-inch AMG framing cross-drilled discs and big calipers, to its bulging posterior lip spoiler and fat quad pipes a none too subtle diffuser.

Boot up the M152 5.5-litre V8 – the same M157 mill in bigger AMG 63s, but without the turbochargers – and it’s surprisingly at idle. No burble, shuddering or You can barely tell it’s a V8. The filters through fast you put your foot down,

You can choose your drive via a switch on the console that through Comfort, Sport and modes. Comfort works in urban traffic, with seamless shifts virtually time from the superb DCT. It’s when you go Sport mode that the package cuts in.

Tip the button it’s stationary and it sends a shiver through the car as it tightens up the and remaps the ECU for snappier throttle foot-down and -up. It revs before shifting, it swaps faster and it stays flatter in To rein it all in, it also gets a ceramic brake upgrade up

Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG Kompressor

In manual mode, via the stick or the paddles, the shifts are a bit quicker and a bit more palpable. One oddity the SLK doesn’t revert to auto an extended squeeze on the right It simply makes its way back it’s ready – which seems to be about the right anyway.

There’s a fourth denoted by an ECO indicator between the two gauges in the instrument pod. It up on easy stretches, when the car off four of its cylinders. It’s seamless – put your foot even a little and you get all your back.

Despite all that, we went near the official consumption figures. Even on a freeway run out to the Blue Mountains, consistently between 80-110km/h limits in Comfort mode and it to its own devices on long, straight, stretches, the best we could do was The rest of the time it was 15s and 16s. yes, we did spend a fair of that time in Sport.

That’s because it’s so fun anywhere this side of the It bounces out of the blocks and thunders 0-100km/h in just 4.6 seconds, the sound and fury to match, of purpose-designed flaps in the exhaust that open and close to, um, “need”.

If the steering isn’t as sharp as BMW’s Z4 sDrive35is, the proportions make it more in cornering. And despite the on-paper in power and torque, the 250kW BMW six is skittish in Sport mode, because it hits its 450Nm peak much quicker – compared to the SLK 55 AMG’s 4500rpm.

neutrality the SLK 55 AMG achieves hurtling corners is artificial, and you can feel it. Its vectoring system starts on the inside rear wheel the first hint of understeer while the stability control out a little taste of oversteer and there before snatching the end back and patting down its

Like most open-top it’s terrific with the lid We found that you can even a nice drive of it top down on a winter night (Sydney at least, if not Stuttgart chilly), to the now famous AIRSCARF, which warm air around your from a little vent the headrest. It works, really it At urban speeds with the up, it’s relatively easy on the With the lid up, it’s as tight as a free of squeaks and rattles. off to Benz for the work they’ve put torsional rigidity – no scuttle detected.

Most SLK 55 AMG buyers never take it anywhere its dynamic limits, or even it with the stability control off, so few are the opportunities to really its mettle. One thing is clear, without all those electronics, going to be a handful for the uninitiated. Not for the overenthusiastic.

With the stability control on, as safe as a hi-po sports gets. And packaged cleverly that you don’t even to drive it fast to enjoy it.

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Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG Kompressor
Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG Kompressor
Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG Kompressor


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