MercedesBenz SL55 AMG First Drive – Full Review of the…

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Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG Coupe R230

By John Lamm November 1, / Photos by John Lamm

everything you’ve read Mercedes-Benz’s new SL500 #151; styling, abundant horsepower, and secure handling #151; it by five and you have the SL55

It’s the sound system 5000 watts of power. the with a 5-gigahertz Pentium V it’s the latte with extra shots of espresso.

is better.

And faster. How about mph in 4.5 seconds with strong to 155 mph when the computer caps the Or active suspension that the option of how much body you’d like?

It isn’t it’s AMG, and it begins the engine under that graceful hood. Each AMG V-8 is in Affalterbach, Germany, from balanced and matched to work as a family. That alone, the stroke increase to 5.5 liters, be enough to make many happy, but AMG adds a high-pressure Lysholm supercharger with rotors to pump out 11.6 psi of Add the air/water intercooler, put the engine the dyno test and up come 493 bhp at rpm and #151; sorry, Viper #151; 516 lb.-ft. of torque at rpm.

This is also one of the best-looking performance powerplants #151; and splendid with its sand-cast and supercharger ribbing.

Mercedes’ 6-speed automatic has steering-wheel-mounted shift buttons. has 35 percent faster gear than previous automatics claim), plus an Optimum Selection mode that when to shift for max acceleration and has the sense to not upshift in the middle of a

Under the body is the SL’s upper and lower A-arm and 5-link suspensions enhanced by ESP yaw plus ABC Active Suspension trims body roll by 68 and offers the Sport option of it by 95 percent. The vented disc are huge (14.2 in. front, rear), the fronts with calipers. This is Mercedes’ brake system that can brake pressure at each for shorter stopping distances.

is a slight front spoiler to separate the SL55 AMG from a SL, but then most drivers be watching the AMG from the rear as it away. In its passing, note the panels have different and there’s Kompressor badging the side vents.

Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG Coupe R230

In the few seconds before it disappears you could spot the chrome-tipped exhausts on both sides of a diffuser with a black grille. It’s easy to see the big have tinting in the center but you’d need great to read the SL55 and AMG badging on the

Beneath the 16-sec. up-or-down hardtop are the more significant like seats with side bolsters, AMG’s with silver faces and red and a steering wheel with the buttons. The interior is finished in own leather choices and trims include traditional wood and aluminum.

Accelerating the SL55 to 60 is a pure with a hint of supercharger sound. We tried the SL55 AMG on Lake’s Road America Course, where you could the V-8 out to around 130 mph. The track was damp, so the ESP got a workout, letting the out a bit on tight corners before it back in. The overall feeling is of a powerful machine that an enormous amount of well-defined and security backed up by technical to help guarantee staying on the It can’t guarantee a driver get stupid, but it will do its utmost to him out of harm’s way.

While more is better, surprising how little extra it An SL500 starts at $85,990, and we drove a well-equipped version a sticker price of just $100,000. And yet the base price of an AMG is $113,000. For that you can mix and match options like the Wood, or Sport Packages. Extra-cost include such temptations as the Roof ($1800), Tire-Pressure System ($630) and Active Seats ($1200), but even if you every box, the extra is just $9675.

The total be this side of $125,000, shy of cars like Aston DB7 Volante and Ferrari’s 360 Spyder. As we to say, that ain’t potatoes, but as always, value is a thing.

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Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG Coupe R230
Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG Coupe R230
Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG Coupe R230


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