MercedesBenz SLK Review | 2012 SLK 55 AMG | Reviews | Prices…

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Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 AT Special Series

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Vehicle style: Luxury roadster

Price: $155,000. As (with $1750 panoramic $156,750

Fuel economy: 8.5 l/100km | 98RON unleaded.

economy: (on test) 10.9 | 98RON unleaded.

The arrival of the Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG to Australian showrooms with a nice little

Despite landing with standard features and a 30 percent in fuel efficiency, the new model is than $24,000 cheaper its predecessor.

That doesn’t every day at the premium end of the car parc. You can put it down as one of the little joys of a high dollar.

But there are joys with the SLK 55 AMG. is a real drivers’ car with performance and handling, and one that at the wheel in every way.

As well as borrowing exterior cues from the sensational SLS AMG the SLK also pinches some SLS ideas, including the ‘jet-engine’ for its four dash-mounted air vents.

The console houses the C (comfort), S and M (manual) transmission controls and finished in classy-looking brushed There are other metal-trim throughout the cabin.

There’s a great-to-hold multi-function steering wheel and aluminium paddles and pedals.

The clean-looking AMG cluster with its two main dials is right where needed, and the well thought-out for the various controls and switches they fall perfectly to

Electric adjustment for height and of the flat-bottomed steering wheel is a

Comfort: The SLK’s heated AMG seats are not just functional and they’re also comfortable.

plenty of thigh and hip bolstering to keep the chills at bay when got the lid open, there’s an ‘air system to direct warm air to the and neck.

Equipment: As you’d with a car that carries a price tag, there’s a impressive list of up-spec

That list includes trim, 18-inch AMG five-spoke wheels, a 40GB HDD Harmon Logic 7 surround-sound system Bluetooth audio streaming and connectivity, ‘thermotronic’ climate and SUNA-equipped satellite navigation Google Maps intergration.

Storage: Being a sports there’s not a heap of cargo Inside, you’ll find a glovebox, a small centre-console two cup holders, small door that are big enough for a couple of phones and a small pouch on the behind the seats.

The boot is not cavernous but with the ‘vario closed it offers 335litres of space.

This shrinks to 225 on sunny days with the open — but with the in your hair and a wonderful snarl filling your who cares?

Driveability: The engineers AMG have done wonders the SLK’s powertrain.

Needless to with 310kW and 540Nm at the bit, the imperious way the 5.5 litre V8 hills and overtakes is nothing of stunning. This is a seriously car, attested by a 4.6 second sprint.

And, best of given a heavy prod, happens to the tune of a simply exhaust note.

While the automatic isn’t as slick as say — the BMW M3’s dual-clutch few will find it wanting.

The AMG has an automatic downshifting double-declutching and, once in Sport (by rotating the control knob one to the right), the changes become faster.

One more turn to the right and you up ‘Manual’. Then the transmission exactly as it’s told via the shift paddles.

The SLK 55 AMG also with a start/stop system can be switched off) and cylinder to assist fuel consumption. It seem to work; we managed an of 10.9 l/100km under — brilliant for a car of this

Refinement: While people who buy sports cars are looking for performance and handling, with the new SLK also get a generous measure of

Dawdling around town can be as and refined an experience as you want it to be.

cruising at 110km/h on the freeway no clue to the sizzling performance waiting to be let loose.

Maybe, if being really picky, a degree of intrusive road from the low-profile 18-inch It tries but mostly fails to the sound of that barking exhaust that floods the when at work.

Suspension: The AMG set-up employs an anti-dive independent arrangement at the front coil springs, gas-pressure and a stabiliser bar.

The rear, independent multi-link coil springs, gas-pressure and stabiliser bar, also anti-squat and anti-lift technology.

in the tightest corners and some enthusiastic punting, the SLK 55 sits and delightfully balanced. The way it brakes and in is enormously reassuring — it is in way the sports car when you show it a stretch of road.

Steering is via an AMG direct-steer system with power assistance and steering

Braking: There are huge x 36mm AMG discs at the front and x 22mm discs on the rear. All are and perforated and the stopping power deliver can just about pop eyeballs out of their sockets.

The new SLK has safety credentials, and, it hasn’t yet been Euro or ANCAP tested, Benz is of a 5-Star rating.

Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 AT Special Series

Driver and have the protection of roll-over ABS brakes, brake assist, stability program, acceleration control, adaptive braking, brake lights, a torque-vectoring system and attention assist.

In Benz’s electronically controlled system is available. It senses a critical situation is imminent and automatically tensions seat positions the passenger seat (in with the memory function) and side windows.

Despite the new SLK55’s $155,000 tag being a whole $24,360 expensive than its predecessor, more expensive than its key competitors.

BMW’s Z4 sDrive $120,500: A brilliant drive a brilliant engine, but doesn’t quite the aural pleasures of the SLK 55 AMG and its style is too edgy for some. BMW Z4 reviews )

Audi TT RS $139,900: underestimated because it’s easily mistaken for a ‘garden TT. It’s more the switch-blade to the SLK hammer but driving it is a rare (see Audi TT RS reviews )

Boxster S $145,900: Sublime superb driving but forever to remain in the considerable shadow of the It’s also soon to be

Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s Price and do not include dealer or on-road costs .


The new third-generation SLK 55 AMG is an outstanding and thoroughly driver’s car.

It’s no ‘girly convertible’. With power and superb handling, it on its sporting AMG heritage in spades.

For the fortunate few who get to own one, the 4.6-second time to 100km/h and the glorious from the exhaust will them smiling every

But don’t expect to achieve the 8.5 combined fuel-consumption figure if you do too sub-five-second sprints. You can just be in the knowledge that it is possible as is a top speed.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 $82,900

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 $91,900

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 $118,900

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 $155,000

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG AMG Handling Package: $163,825

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Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 AT Special Series

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