2013 Mercedes SLK 55 AMG Beauty & Beast Winnipeg Free Press Autos

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Our group had just finished the day of Mercedes-Benz Canada’s excellent AMG Academy at Canadian Tire Park (ne Mosport) and were out during the debrief.

Chief Danny Kok asked each of us of the half-dozen AMG models available we flogging the most. When I that I thought the SLK 55 was the most he cast a critical eye at all 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds of me and said, Why is it that the guys like the smallest

I hadn’t really thought of it way before. I always figured when it comes to high-performance less is more and smaller is Who needs the extra avoirdupois and of metal when one is trying to an apex or set a fast lap time?

Then again, although I myself well-rounded when it to testing all manner of vehicles, I a decided affinity for the small and namely John Cooper Minis, Mazda Miatas, BRZs, Ford Focus STs and the

The thing is, although the third-generation SLK 55 is a and — at least for a Mercedes — lightweight 1,610 it is far beyond merely zippy. 415 horsepower from a naturally 5.5-litre V8 lurking under its hood, this two-seat convertible is flat-out fast let off its leash.

It will rocket its way to 100 an hour in about five (4.6, Mercedes says; even, says instrumented performed by the Automobile Journalists of Canada) and top out at an electronically limited 250 (280 km/h when with the $6,600 AMG Performance which includes a limited-slip

Passing power is scintillating; 80 to 120 takes a scant three And, though AMG doesn’t in manual transmissions for its cars, the Speedshift Plus manumatic off seamless shifts faster an eye blink.

Any thought that particular SLK is a dilettante boulevardier or chick car in the case of the first-generation — should be banished. (Or the AMG Driving Academy course and out for yourself.) The 55 AMG has a definite roguishness to it, is subtly hinted at with the AMG to the two-seater’s rakish body.

there is a docile side to the 55, into the car for those times top-down cruising is the aim, not the wrath of the local constabulary. light acceleration, AMG’s shut-off system (Cylinder in Mercedes-speak) deactivates cylinders three, five and eight, in quantifiable fuel savings. The shut-off function is available a wide engine speed from 800 to 3,600 rpm if the driver transmission mode C (for Efficiency).

The Eco start/stop function and generator further contribute to an easier-to-take consumption figure than is for high-powered cars. I averaged litres of premium unleaded per 100 during my week with the

This fierce/docile duality to the 55’s aural output. AMG is now a sport exhaust system an exhaust flap on each

Mercedes says the technology the conflict of objectives between an emotion-stirring sound when in a sporty manner and a more engine tone in the partial range.

In other words, haring around like a the exhaust emanates rich notes. When behaving a model citizen, the car sounds like mom’s Corolla.

The continues with the SLK 55’s and handling, the AMG-built two-seater’s suspension is complemented with vectoring ventilated brakes of the car’s standard Dynamic Package; adaptive damping is included) and Direct-Steer system. The adds brake power to the wheels for a more controlled the latter firms up for higher-speed while reducing driver at lower speeds, such as parking.

While I wouldn’t want to a Porsche Boxster up and down mountain passes, the 55 is agile to provide a workout while displaying poise and comfort long-distance, wind-in-the-hair motoring.

The car is with P235/40R18 Continental at the front and P255/35R18s at the rear. along with the AMG high-performance system, allow the 55 to drop from 100 km/h in a short metres.

A luxury sports car especially one with an $80,500 price — needs a to properly reflect its upscale The 55 has such an interior, replete styling cues reminiscent of Uber-AMG, the SLS Roadster — the the four air vents in the style of jet the (optional) carbon-fibre trim on the console and the AMG Performance steering with its flattened top and bottom The multi-powered sport seats are stylish and fully supportive of all types.

The piece de resistance, however, is the power folding hardtop, opens or closes in less 20 seconds and provides year-round and comfort. The roof includes a tinted glass section, with the Magic Sky Control alters the tint of the glass to heat buildup in the cabin.

lightly for those weekend though — with the top luggage capacity in the trunk to 7.9 cubic feet from cu. ft.

I greatly admire all of the sports from the major German the Porsche Boxster S, BMW’s Z4 Audi’s TT RS and, naturally, the SLK 55 each for different reasons. looks are always a matter of the 55 strikes me as the most imperious of the its multiple but individually subtle AMG combining to great effect, this aforementioned roguish air is atypical of Mercedes’ prim and products.

Plus, for Boomers who grew up the heyday of Detroit muscle, nothing quite like the and feel of a thumping big V8. For those the means, the SLK 55 AMG is a desirable combination of civility and, when the strikes, beastliness.


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